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Thank God Track Wasn’t the Palin Kid at the Game

June 16th, 2009

Enough with this Letterman-Palin thing already. Sarah wasn’t happy; Dave apologized; Bristol is still a teen mother. Let’s let that be the end of it, okay?

Ever since David Letterman’s joke about Palin’s sexually active spawn aired last week, the late-night host and former GOP VP candidate have been waging a feud so juicy, the media hasn’t salivated this much since LC showed up at Speidi’s wedding.

The chain of events goes like this: Palin goes to a Yankee game to throw out the first pitch. Dave makes joke about Alex Rodriguez impregnating one of her daughters during the game. The Gov goes crazy because the only daughter present for the game is 14-year old Willow (a.k.a. NOT the pregnant one). The Palins release a statement on Palin’s Facebook Notes in which Todd Palin states “Any ‘jokes’ about raping my 14-year-old are despicable.” Right-wing public and other crazy folk (incapable of surmising the joke was aimed at the daughter who actually DID get pregnant) lambaste Dave for intimating that a 35-year-old baseball player assaulted a minor.

Whether you think Dave is dirty or Palin is preposterous, the endless outrage was no doubt intensified by the outrageous way Palin camp framed the issue. Based on the simple fact that at least a thousand jokes (albeit many in poor taste) have been told at Bristol Palin’s expense since her pregnancy was revealed during the ’08 Presidential race, it’s tough to argue that Letterman’s was much more than joke number one thousand and one. However, the moment Todd Palin attached the “R” word to it, it became a whole other issue.

Palin teen pregnancy jokes are old hat; Palin teen rape jokes demand outrage.

The question is did the Palin Camp deliberately choose words that would add a different context to the issue and provoke more attention? I find it hard to believe Todd Palin is allowed to post anything to Sarah’s page that doesn’t pass the communications team’s muster. Surely they batted around several ways to write that statement, ultimately deciding on the one that would create the strongest impact.

Don’t think so? Consider this: Palin’s note condemning Letterman’s comments elicited 6,789 supportive “Likes” and 3,497 comments from viewers. Her note expressing horror at the shooters and sympathy for victims involved in last week’s attack on the National Holocaust Museum? Less than one-third supported her feelings and only 272 were inspired to comment.

Which event do you think deserves more outrage?

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