Lynne Spears spoke to Newsweek today, pointing out the hypocritical way the media has treated her and her unwed pregnant teenage daughter, Jamie Lynn Spears, versus the way the media has treated Sarah Palin and daughter, Bristol Palin.
When asked about the media reaction to her 16 year old daughter, Jamie Lynn, being pregnant as opposed to 17 year old, Bristol Palin’s pregnany, Lynne Spears had this to say:
“It’s a totally different reaction. It’s as if [Sarah Palin] became celebrated. I mean, the mother, Palin, was celebrated for this. Every woman in the world has applauded her strength and her convictions and poor little old Jamie Lynn–you saw how she was crucified. Everybody did, firsthand … I just feel like it’s been a very hypocritical situation.”
The two most famous faces of the right wing media, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly, have been the biggest hypocrites. After the news of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy, Rush Limbaugh came on the air with the following talking points.
If Bristol Palin made a ‘classic average American’ mistake, so did Jamie Lynn Spears right? Both were underage girls who got pregnant and thrust into the spotlight. So what did Limbaugh have to say when Jamie Lynn Spears got pregnant?
Caller: Would you tend to think that a family in this position,
though, wouldn’t you think that there would be a more watchful eye as
a parent to be watching over these kids so this doesn’t happen to
RUSH: I would certainly hope so, but it’s long past time for this to
happen. The parents here are the culprits!
Shouldn’t the same thing apply to Sarah and Bristol Palin? Her family was in a similar high profile position. Shouldn’t she have been paying a more watchful eye on her daughter? Isn’t she the ‘culprit’ in this crime of teen pregnancy?
Bill Oreilly also ran with his FOX/GOP talking points saying,
‘Millions of families are dealing with teen pregnancy, and as long as society doesn’t have to support the mother, father or baby, it is a personal matter. It’s true that some Americans will judge Governor Palin and her family, and she will have a hard time running for vice president if there is much more chaos. For the sake of her and her family, we hope things calm down. This country needs a vibrant policy debate, not a soap opera.’
However when Jamie Lynn was pregnant this is what he had to say:
‘Now most teens are pinheads in some ways. But here the blame falls primarily on the parents of the girl, who obviously have little control over her or even over Britney Spears. Look at the way she behaves. And by the way, the mother, Lynne Spears, has reportedly already sold pictures of the upcoming baby of her 16-year-old for a million bucks. Incredible pinhead’
By this logic, isn’t Sarah Palin an ‘incredible pinhead’ as well? Isn’t she to blame for Bristol’s pregnancy? How hypocritical is it for O’Reilly to talk about ‘policy debates’ over issues, when from Reverend Wright to Nas to Ludacris, to Jamie Lynn and Britney Spears, O’Reilly has made a living off soap operas? How much time has he given on his show to legitimate policy debate? In this statement, O’Reilly is basically saying that if you’re rich, it’s perfectly alright to get pregnant young, but don’t you poor people come asking for money if you get knocked up! We need that money to kill civilians in the Middle East.
Despite the fact that Obama has taken the high road and told his staff to lay off the Bristol pregnancy, saying that candidates’ children are off limits, Limbaugh and Oreilly have both attacked children of candidates. Rush Limbaugh referred to Chelsea Clinton as ‘the White House dog’ when she was only 13 years old. McCain has not been the bigger man, like Obama, when it comes to opponents’ children, telling a joke about Chelsea Clinton being so ugly because Janet Reno was her father when she was 18. So you can call underage family members ugly but you can’t talk about their pregnancies even when their only credentials are their family values?