Sarah and Bristol Palin: The Media is Crucifying the Duggar Family June 5, 2015

Sarah and Bristol Palin: The Media is Crucifying the Duggar Family

Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page with a rambling rage-post Thursday that started with a stuck Caps Lock key and went downhill from there.

Combining her ideas on how we’re missing the real scandal of the Josh Duggar molestation story with plugs for her daughter Bristol‘s blog and, weirdly, a mention of Caitlyn Jenner, the post appeared to be gleaned from trending hashtags and recycled conservative talking points.

Palin is incensed by what she sees as the media “crucify[ing]… an entire family” with coverage of the Duggar molestation scandal. But one of the primary points she makes is the alleged media hypocrisy in condemning “the Duggar boy’s obvious wrongdoing over a decade ago” but “[giving] their chosen ones a pass for any behavior as long as they share their leftwing politics.”

Like Matt Walsh before her, she compares Lena Dunham touching her sister’s genitals as a seven-year-old to Josh Duggar fondling his sisters’ genitals as a teenager.

Sarah Palin refers to Dunham as a “PEDOPHILE” and links to Bristol Palin’s blog post on the topic, where the age difference between — but not the ages of — the Dunham sisters is highlighted.

While Bristol seems to find those six years particularly significant in the case of the Dunham girls, she doesn’t mention that a decade separated Josh Duggar and the youngest sister he fondled.

It’s even more interesting that Bristol Palin notes how Dunham’s sister was six years her junior without mentioning that Dunham was herself only seven years old at the time; by contrast, Josh Duggar was a teenager at the time that he was fondling his sisters.

It should go without saying, so to speak, that there is a world of difference in the intellectual capabilities, the understanding of boundaries and right and wrong, between a seven-year-old and a fourteen- or fifteen-year-old. But somehow I suspect that wasn’t the reason that Palin forgot to mention it…

As far as Sarah Palin is concerned, however,

Such obvious double standards applied to equally relevant stories underestimate the wisdom of the public, discredit the press, and spit on the graves of every American who fought and died for the press’s freedom.

Further evidence of this alleged double standard is provided via a link to Bristol Palin’s blog post where she claims not to have been duped by the rumor that Caitlyn Jenner beat out Iraq war veteran Noah Galloway for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the upcoming ESPYs. (In fact, the award has no runner-up; ESPN said “there are many worthy candidates,” but they wanted to honor Jenner, a former Olympic champion, for coming out as transgender.)

But Bristol Palin didn’t mention any of that when she initially wrote about and linked to that rumor, writing,

Isn’t that crazy!!! I hate how everything in this liberal world is, “Oh equality for all, but not if you don’t agree with us!”

I hate, for example, how Tim Tebow is SOOO mocked for being a Christian!!!! If anyone says they don’t believe in gay marriage, they’re cursed.

I’m still not sure what the media “double standard” is supposed to be… But that could be because I got lost among the persecution narratives and exclamation points. (Although Bristol’s “honestly I have gay friends” line was pretty enjoyable reading.)

At any rate, considering how eager conservative Christians have been to jump on the Duggar defense bandwagon, it’s not really surprising to see the Palins join in. And, of course, the media persecution angle was a given. Just look at who we’re talking about.

(Top image via Andrew F. Kazmierski /

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