Media Hawks

September 22, 2008

Earlier today as I was browsing through various news websites, I found an article from Fox News published on September 1, titled “Palin’s 17-Year-Old Daughter is pregnant.”

Surprise, the media has dug up some dirt.

Muckraking is an age-old game between the media and public figures, except now in the 21st Century it seems the media are passing important concerns by, and scooping up the most superficial mud.

As soon as anything leaks to the press that is juicy enough to sell some papers, they publish it as quickly as you can say “gossip.” This time, it’s the recent news of Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol’s pregnancy. The 17-year-old, the article reports, is due in December, and says she plans on marrying the father.

Bristol Palin and boyfriend, Levi Johnson

Bristol Palin and boyfriend, Levi Johnston

The Palin’s may have wanted this to be private, because as you can imagine, it may hurt Sarah Palin’s image as Vice President for the Republican Party, who we all know is a huge advocate for pro-life decisions and wed-lock pregnancies, but the media knows no boundaries for personal feelings.

In light of the media hawks swooping down on this recent news, one begs to ask the question: did this revealing or prediction that the media would eventually uncover this, influence Bristol’s decision to keep the baby and marry her boyfriend at age 17?

More than likely, the answer is “yes.” No doubt Sarah Palin would rather have the media find out that her daughter was keeping the baby and marrying the boyfriend so she could emphasize their support of traditional family values.

The article quotes Focus on the Family President James Dobson in saying, “We have always encouraged the parents to love and support their children and always advised the girls to see their pregnancies through…That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances”

If the media found out that Bristol had an abortion, the Republican Party’s support from super-conservatives would decrease. That’s a lot of pressure on one family, and especially on one girl who hasn’t even graduated high school.

I understand that the media has a job to do, and they do it well, but it would be nice if occasionally, they could put themselves into someone else’s shoes.

Read the entire pregnancy article here

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One Response to “Media Hawks”

  1. jennbmackay Says:

    I guess this means that you didn’t feel that the story was newsworthy. I imagine that a lot of people agree with you. Keep in mind, however, that Palin is a strong supporter of teaching abstinence in schools rather than other birth control methods. That issue might have made this story a little more newsworthy.

    I do wonder if the teenager was pressured to get married because of the media attention, though.


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