By now it’s no secret that the Palin family was involved in some kind of drunk party brawl a few weeks ago, which is something that I only found interesting because of the sheer hypocrisy of it all. A family, most notably Sarah Palin herself, who’s often seen telling millions of Americans the importance of “Christian family values” – involved in a drunken brawl at some Saturday night house party in Alaska.
Well, recently Bristol Palin’s comments to the police following these events were released and she tells a tale of male on female violence and assault that indeed does sound alarming. And following the release of these comments, CNN’s Carol Costello cynically mocked Bristol and what she had to say. Which many found offensive, especially her mother, considering the details of what Bristol claimed were accounts of fairly severe male on female violence, including her stating that she had been dragged on the ground by her feet by a male at the party.
Of course, nobody should ever mock any kind of domestic violence. Though it’s clear from the official police reports that it was Bristol who was one of the most aggressive and violent of the bunch.
But since Costello made these comments, she issued a statement to Politico apologizing for the candor in which she went about reporting on this story. Which I think is more than enough.
Though apparently that hasn’t been enough. Some are calling for a full on-air apology, with even others within the media that I’ve seen floating around the internet suggesting that she be fired.
It’s all ridiculous.
She shouldn’t apologize to anyone. Was what she said a bit tacky? I could see how some could see it that way. But Bristol Palin’s comments in that audio don’t at all go along with official police reports and the vast majority of witness testimony from what happened that night. Which by official police accounts from witness testimony, paints her as someone who was out of control, aggressively and violently attacking the homeowner where the party was being held.
In fact, if you read the official police report it seems most of the entire Palin family was completely out of control.
Remember, Sarah Palin validates much of her core ideology on the premise that she’s “fighting for good, wholesome Christian values.” So I don’t think anyone should apologize for being a bit cynical when official police reports depict the Palin family as a drunken, aggressive group of lunatics attacking people at a party to which they were not invited.
And in all of this talk about Bristol’s comments to the police, it seems as if nobody has pointed out the fact that in the midst of a drunken brawl at nearly midnight, she states that her 5-year-old was with her. Why was a 5-year-old out with a bunch of drunk family members cruising around in a limo at nearly midnight? You’re telling me that’s the place for a 5-year-old child?
Let’s also not forget that Sarah Palin has built a career of her own out of bashing and attacking those with which she disagrees. She has put her family into the national spotlight and made them public figures. She could have faded away in 2008, but she didn’t want to. And now any time she or her family faces public scrutiny, she’s one of the first to publicly whine and complain about those being critical toward them.
Again, this is Sarah Palin, who herself seemed appalled at Costello’s comments, yet is someone who’s called Rush Limbaugh one of her heroes (a man who’s openly a racist and a sexist) and has sung the praises of draft-dodging pedophile Ted Nugent. Two men who have made countless disgusting and slanderous remarks against President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Then let’s not forget we’ve already seen one on-air personality, Martin Bashir,
get fired resign because of some less than flattering comments he made about Palin’s ignorance.
Look, Costello probably should have stuck with a straight-line reporting of Bristol’s comments and left it at that. But I don’t blame anyone for being cynical when it comes to this family. And had the official police report actually supported Bristol’s account of what happened, I would be one of the first ones condemning Costello’s mocking of what she had to say. But it didn’t. Instead, the reports and most witness accounts painted Bristol (and much of the Palin family) as a group of out of control drunks who showed up somewhere that they weren’t invited. With Bristol being one of the people who the majority of witnesses said was the most aggressive and out of control of the bunch. Aggressively, and repeatedly, attacking the homeowner.
So while I’m sure Costello will almost certainly have to issue some kind of on-air apology to the Palin family, I don’t think anyone owes them an apology. Not unless the queen of this family, Sarah Palin, starts issuing formal apologies for all the lies, propaganda and borderline slanderous comments she’s made (like mocking a diabetic pregnant woman) about people over the years.
Which is something I’m positive she’ll never do.