By Dave Andrusko
When pro-life public figures are smeared, they (and those of us who defend them) have a choice: let it slide, on the theory that more attention just makes a bad situation worse, or respond. I wish I had written last week when the media feeding frenzy was at its worst. I am referring, of course, to the cache of emails Mother Jones magazine extracted while Sarah Palin was governor of Alaska.
It is no exaggeration to say that every “mainstream media” outlet went gaga when the over 13,000 emails were released last Friday, anticipating a ‘smoking gun’ or at least something they could use to batter the pro-life (and fearless) 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate. But the ensuing quiet has been as pronounced as the frenzy was loud.
Why? Well because, as Toby Harnden, the respected U.S. editor for the British publication the Daily Telegraph, wrote, the “trove” of emails “ paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics.”
He continues, “One can only assume that the Left-leaning editors who dispatched teams of reporters to remote Juneau, the Alaskan capital, to pore over the emails in the hope of digging up a scandal are now viewing the result as a rather poor return on their considerable investment. If anything, Mrs. Palin seems likely to emerge from the scrutiny of the 24,000 pages, contained in six boxes and weighing 275 pounds, with her reputation considerably enhanced.”
I had not read any of the emails until I stumbled across a very sympathetic blog item at the Los Angeles Times. “Among some 13,000 messages was an unexpected, revealing and touching email from Palin to friends and family,” wrote Andrew Malcolm. “It was initially written, obviously not for publication, in April of 2008 just a few days before the arrival of her fifth child, Trig, who was born with Down syndrome. In her email Palin imagines a letter from God to the family about to launch on its challenging child-rearing experience together.”
The following is a brief excerpt. You can read the entire letter at http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/06/sarah-palin-god-letter-trig-down-syndrome.html or in Part Two of NRL News Today.
“Every child is created special, with awesome purpose and amazing potential. Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed up world you live in down there on earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome. Doctors call it ‘Down’s syndrome,’ and Downs kids have challenges, but can bring you much delight and more love than you can ever imagine! Just wait and see, let me prove this, because I only want the best for you! Some of the rest of the world may not want him, but take comfort in that because the world will not compete for him. Take care of him and he will always be yours!”