Monday, September 01, 2008

Idiot Lack of Media Coverage of Palin

I think that it is safe to say that one of the attributes Sarah Palin brings to the McCain ticket is her conservative credentials, especially her ardently anti-abortion stance, and her "family values" -- she has five children (including one with Down's Syndrome), has been a member of the PTA (as John McCain on Fox News Sunday yesterday listed as one of her credentials to be president), and is a Roman Catholic turned evangelical Christian.

Over the weekend, the blogosphere has been abuzz over a rumor that has been circulating for months that Trig Palin, Sarah Palin's baby boy, is not her son, but her grandson. I'll discuss that story in a later post, but, in the meantime, you can check The Daily Kos and The Drudge Report for what is being labelled "Babygate."

Two related stories are interesting, but have not been looked at beyond the blogosphere, though they raise some interesting questions about Palin's "family values."

First, Track Palin was born on April 20, 1989. His parents eloped on August 29, 1988. That would mean 1) Track was born at roughly 34 weeks, some 4-6 weeks early (if the Palins managed to conceive on their wedding night) or 2) the Palins had an old-fashioned "shotgun" wedding (an apt adjective given her love for firearms).

Second, assuming Sarah Palin is Trig's mom (and, at this point, there's no definitive evidence she's not), while in the 8th month of her pregnancy, she flew to Texas to give a speech on energy. While there, she was having problems with her pregnancy (her amniotic fluid was leaking). She called her doctor (who reportedly does not have a specialty in OB/GYN) who assured Palin that everything was OK. Palin then gave her speech, flew back to Alaska via Seattle, drove an hour to a medical facility without a neonatal intensive care unit (remember, this is a woman leaking amniotic fluid and giving birth early to a Down's child, so a NICU may have been necessary) and gave birth. What little coverage of these events there has been talks about how tough Palin is to endure the flight to get home to give birth.

Fortunately, Sarah Palin was able to give birth successfully, but her actions that day deserve more media scrutiny, especially about whether she acted responsibly, or whether she put Trig's life at risk.

Sarah Palin certainly put the people flying with her on Alaska Airline in a possible position of having to have an emergency landing if she went into labor. She did not inform the airline she was leaking amniotic fluid, and reports have indicated that the airline would not let a woman fly if she was in that condition.

Of course, putting her interests over others' is not new for Sarah Palin. Last Friday, she had her spokesperson tell ABC News that the governor was not in Ohio and would be attending the Alaska State Fair that day. Think any news organization is going to give credibility to a spokesperson who flat out lied to the news media?


Blogger Matt Co said...

haha this post makes me laugh.. babygate is always a possibility and it would be funny to see where Alaskan Airlines would make an emergency landing...hmmm...Vancouver? Juneau? or perhaps the Pacific Ocean since I'm assuming any airline that would fly into the frozen tundra of Alaska would be a sea plane...

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