Brent Bozell

On the next day, ABC's "Good Morning America" weekend co-anchor Bill Weir piled on with the disabled-child-neglect attack in an interview with McCain spokesman Mike DuHaime. "Adding to the brutality of a national campaign, the Palin family also has an infant with special needs. What leads you, the senator, and the governor to believe that one won't affect the other in the next couple of months?" When DuHaime tried to answer, Weir repeated himself: "She has an infant with special needs. Will that affect her campaigning?" Weir was accurately describing himself when he mentioned, "adding to the brutality of a national campaign."

Then came the media's heavy rush to cover the news that Palin's 17-year-old daughter Bristol was pregnant, and would keep the baby and marry the father. Once again, ABC led the media insult machine. They called the baby a "skeleton in the closet," a strange term for an unborn child, a "bombshell" cynically timed to explode on the day Hurricane Gustav swept ashore. The story emerged in reaction to the left-wing blogsite Daily Kos circulating the incredibly disgusting and wholly inaccurate smear that Gov. Palin somehow faked her latest pregnancy to cover for her daughter's supposed motherhood of her disabled son.

ABC and CNN also used the Bristol news to lecture the Republicans about their hypocrisy on sex education in high schools, wildly presuming Gov. Palin's daughter didn't know how babies were made. The agenda seemed clear: Keep Palin constantly under attack, and suggest perhaps McCain should just dump her and go find someone else for the media to brutalize.

John McCain made a bold choice in not merely picking a woman, but picking a pro-life woman courageous enough to put her motherhood where her mouth is. Now the media want him to pay dearly for it. The idea that they would lecture anyone else about rumor-mongering or "Swift-boating" ought to be laughed off the public stage.


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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