Bristol Palin, in a none too enthusiastic blog post, recently announced that she was pregnant with child number two, while still single. This shouldn’t — and wouldn’t — be news, except for the fact that Palin has been a champion for abstinence-only sex education, making money from speaking at various venues.
She’s also an example of its successes, too.
In a recent column, Dan Savage was not keenly aware of just this, but also of the racist hypocrisy that surrounds it. He called out Fox News, noting that if it had been one of President Obama’s girls, there would be wall-to-wall coverage on President Obama’s failure as a parent– and earned the ire of Geraldo Rivera in the process.
It’s Okay If You’re A Republican
In his blog post, Savage attacked Bristol for her hypocrisy, entitling the piece “Screw as I say, not as I screw.” He dredged up an abstinence-only PSA that she did, and recommended birth control “for right after your next child is born into a fatherless home.”
The real core of the piece, however, was a shot across the bow at Fox News:
If Bristol Palin’s last name was “Obama” the whole Hee Haw gang at Fox News would spend half of every day for the next nine months telling us that Bristol Obama has terrible parents—”Maybe Michelle should be less concerned with what your kids are eating and more concerned with what her kids are doing!”—and the half of the day pretending to fret over the terrible example that Bristol Obama was setting for other African American women and girls. But unplanned pregnancies and kids in fatherless homes and two different children by two different fathers? IOIYAR.
Not just unplanned pregnancies, but also a family brawl, a love affair with fire arms and violence, and, yes, “goofy” names like Tripp and Trig. If the Palins were black, racists would be using them as proof of the “failures” of black culture.
But they’re not. They’re white, they’re the Republican darlings, and they’re the greatest example of “do as I say, not as a I do.”
Geraldo Strikes Back
Savage’s piece touched a nerve, and Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera dove into action to protect his network with the following tweet:
@Mediaite fxck you jerk off. Fox news doesn’t have a reaction to anyone’s pregnancy
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) June 26, 2015
It’s some creative censoring. Savage’s response was more amused than upset:
It’s ‘x’ed out, just like Fox’s integrity.