Raw Journolist emails on ‘Palin’s Downs child’

Ryan Donmoyer
Aug 30, 2008, 12:07am

I actually hesitate to bring this up…

But is anyone following this:


Adam Serwer
Aug 30, 2008, 12:18am


Dylan Matthews
Aug 30, 2008, 12:21am

Obama absolutely cannot touch this. Even if it’s true.

I think the press would justify covering it on the issue of trust, but for me it’s offensive that she would refuse to allow her daughter the choice. She has no business deciding what to make of that pregnancy. If her daughter wanted an abortion, it speaks very ill of Palin’s character to deny her the option.

Sara Mead
Aug 30, 2008, 12:24am

A note to journolisters who may not be aware of this: “Downs child” is NOT an appropriate or sensitive way to refer to Palin’s son, who has Down Syndrome. Please use “people-first” language here. I’m not at all a fan of Palin, either, but as liberals and decent human beings, we should be respectful in how we refer to people with disabilities.

Adam Serwer
Aug 30, 2008, 12:25am

that’s a bit of a stretch, even if it was her daughter’s baby, we don’t know that her daughter wanted an abortion.

The tone of the alaska newspaper article is definitely that there’s something fishy going on, it reads very bizarre. There’s something strange about an news article about how no one knew someone was pregnant–how is that a story?

Of course, Palin could just be really weird, and the reporter who wrote that story could just be particularly paranoid.

Harold Pollack
Aug 30, 2008 12:44am

Yuck on several fronts. We don’t have any evidence she did anything wrong here. If the baby was her daughter’s, what’s the problem here? Unless she actively prevented her daughter from having an abortion, we should leave this alone.

Laura Rozen
Aug 30, 2008, 12:47am

Does this from Newsweek suggest that her pregnancy at seven months was still not clear?

Palin in the Green Room
NEWSWEEK’s Karen Breslau shares a personal moment with the Alaska governor.
URL: http://www.newsweek.com/id/156190
Karen Breslau
When Gov. Sarah Palin arrived backstage for our NEWSWEEK Women & Leadership Event in Los Angeles last March, John McCain had just wrapped up the GOP nomination. Palin had yet to endorse McCain—she liked Mitt Romney—and as we waited in the green room, I urged her to “feel free” to make some news on stage. She grinned broadly—looking back, I guess it was a grin of the Cheshire Cat variety—and thanked me for the offer.

Once onstage, together with Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, Palin talked about what women expect from women leaders; how she took charge in Alaska during a political scandal that threatened to unseat the state’s entire Republican power structure; and her feelings about Hillary Clinton. (She said she felt kind of bad she couldn’t support a
woman, but didn’t like Clinton’s “whining.”) I joked with her about being on McCain’s short list for vice president, and we had a good chuckle. We also talked about the
challenges of running a government while also raising a large and young family. At the time, I didn’t know that Palin, clad in a loose, dark dress, was seven months pregnant with her fifth child. An aide called me the next day to tell me that Palin would be announcing the pregnancy at home in Alaska and that she had wanted me to know as a courtesy. She was sorry she hadn’t mentioned it the night before.
A few weeks later, Palin’s son Trig Paxon van Palin was born prematurely. She and her husband Todd issued a statement saying they knew their fifth child would face “special challenges”—her office later confirmed that Trig had been born with Down’s Syndrome and that the family felt “blessed.”