Anyone that knows me knows my opinion of the media. Particularly, the main stream media. They’re biased while thinking of themselves as fair. They’re about money. I’ve blown that trumpet for years. Ask Fran.
We could talk about what you consider main stream, but that’s not what this column is about.
I’m not going to go into the details of this event, other than to say if you haven’t heard of it, Google it. The thumbnail is that Bristol Palin was involved in some kind of incident involving violence against her. As she recounted it for police, the audio was recorded. That audio was released.
Carol Costello, CNN Newsperson, introduced the audio by basically taking pleasure in it and laughing at it. She said “I’m just going to come right out and say it. This is quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across…Sit back and enjoy.”
Whatever your politics, the audio of a young woman engaged in violence against her was disturbing. Part of my own philosophy is a quote I’ve always attributed to Mark Twain; “Not everyone’s my friend, and I’d think less of myself if some people were.” If you took pleasure in listening to this simply because it was Bristol Palin, you suck and need slapped.
I’ve never advocated firing news people or people in the media for saying off-color remarks, simply making gaffes or saying stupid things. I say plenty of them. This is different. This speaks to something else. Costello has come out since and apologized, which means nothing.
Some people have said, “What if this happened to Chelsea Clinton, she certainly wouldn’t have said that.” Which is true, and unnecessary. I find it unbelievable we have to make that point. Even in light of the nastiness that has been thrown at the Palins by those on the left since she’s been in the national spotlight.
In the midst of the recent glut of stories about domestic violence, this is abhorrent. Showing your bias is one thing, showing your bias by thinking a violent act against a young women is amusing or funny is something else.
Fire Carol Costello.