Daily Archives: September 2, 2008

Common Decency Should Prevail

“Private.  Do Not Enter.”
Image courtesy of http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/weekinreview/01abram.html.

Mainstream journalists take notice.  The sensationalistic approach of some, that has grown like a cancer, should be quelled by common decency.  A request from both John McCain AND Barack Obama.   

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, John McCain’s top policy adviser, put a couple of reporters from ABC News (Teddy Davis and Arnab Datta) in their rightful place.  Looking to get a rise out of Holtz-Eakin by repeatedly asking about Sarah Palin’s 17-year old daughter’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy, he responded per the ABC News’ Political Radar

“All kidding aside — a little respect. I mean ‘love child’ issue? I mean this is a young woman,” …referring to Bristol Palin, the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R). “She is 17-years old, and I believe that treating it with a little bit of respect is appropriate.”

“This is the governor’s daughter,” he continued. “It is their issue. It is something that we believe should be treated with a lot of respect. This is clearly something that we have a lot of concern about: the future of this young lady. She’s a wonderful woman. From the campaign’s perspective, we have an outstanding candidate who is a governor and she has a family. She loves that family, and this is their business.”

Advisers said Palin’s daughter should be afforded privacy like the other candidates’ children. McCain adviser Steve Schmidt said, per the Chicago Tribune,

Senator McCain’s view is this is a private family matter. As parents, (the Palins) love their daughter unconditionally and are going to support their daughter… Life happens… If people try to politicize this, the American people will be appalled.

Barack Obama on ABC News with Kate Snow on television September 1, 2008,

“That shouldn’t be the topic of our politics.” 

Enough said.

“The Roadrunner and Wylie Coyote”
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1.  http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/09/love-child-quer.html
2.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-ap-cvn-palin-daughter,0,2731124.story
3.  http://www.usnews.com/blogs/washington-whispers/ with the statement released by the Palin’s.