But now the new media narrative seems to be: Don't criticize us for obsessing about Bristol's stomach as if she's a teen celebrity! Don't criticize us for magnifying a non-issue into a scandal about a female politician's motherhood and career choices! How dare Sarah Palin allow her children to come to the convention? Maybe the media would be happy if Palin put a mask over the kids' faces like Michael Jackson or something.
These are two young people trying to figure out what to do in a difficult personal situation. The global scrutiny of it is a teenager's worst nightmare, and under normal circumstances they would be allowed to find their way unbothered.But one big obstacle stands in their way: Sarah Palin the candidate.Bad mother!
(If she hadn't brought Bristol to the convention, they'd be saying she's ashamed of and hiding the girl).
I just turned over to CNN, and they're talking about the same thing on Larry King - whether or not Palin was "using" her children by allowing them to appear at the political convention (specifically, Stephanie Miller, identified as a talk radio host, made the comment about Palin "using" her kids). Has a male politician ever been accused of "using" his children by allowing them to accompany him to a convention? Isn't that normally what occurs?
The bad mother narratives are really getting offensive.