Sliming at Any Cost

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Apr 07, 2009 12:25 PM
Overt media bias against Sarah Palin continues, with the ridiculous coverage of Levi Johnson's appearance on "The Tyra Banks Show."

There's no doubt that the media loves a juicy scandal -- especially when it involves a Republican.  But what's really disgraceful is that the media is willing to stoop to such depths.

Every time Levi Johnson makes a television appearance and basks in what at least some teens will see as the spotlight of publicity, it legitimizes and normalizes behavior that is terrible -- not only for the young people involved, but for society as a whole.  Every time Johnson or Palin goes on television, the message is transmitted, it sends the message, even inadvertantly, that what they've done represents just another acceptable (albeit drama-laden) "choice."

In a healthier society, Johnson (and Bristol Palin, for that matter) would be politely ignored -- not showered with media attention -- as a result of their behavior.