Facebook is supposed to be a social networking site, but if you’re being attacked by a public figure it can work as a public forum. “Dancing with the Stars” alum Bristol Palin did just that yesterday, Thursday, 2 December 2010.
Palin, who somehow, despite limited dancing skills, made the finals of this last season of “Dancing with the Stars” while partnered with Mark Ballas, was criticized by Olbermann for her work as a spokeswoman for abstinence.
Olbermann is an olderman (51) who hosts an hour-long nightly talk show, “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” on MSNBC since 2003. Previously he had been a commentator on “SportsCenter” (1992-1997) and “Football Night in America” (2007-2010). On “Countdown” Olbermann gives commentary on political figures…and while Sarah Palin is a political figure, why is he picking on Bristol Palin? And why on Monday, when Bristol Palin has been the Candie’s Foundation spokewoman for months?
Bristol Palin might not have a talk show, but Palin does have the Internet.
Recently, a left wing commentator named Keith Olbermann attacked me for being a spokesperson for abstinence education and for being an Ambassador for the Candies Foundation, which promotes teen pregnancy awareness and prevention education. He went so far as to call me “the worst person” he knows, apparently, for my efforts to educate teenagers about the real world risks of premarital sex.
Accusing me of hypocrisy is by now, an old canard. What Mr. Olbermann lacks in originality he makes up for with insincere incredulity. Mr. Olbermann fails to understand that in order to have credibility as a spokesperson, it sometimes takes a person who has made mistakes. Parents warn their children about the mistakes they made so they are not repeated. Former gang members travel to schools to educate teenagers about the risks of gang life. Recovered addicts lecture to others about the risks of alcohol and drug abuse. And yes, a teen mother talks about the benefits of preventing teen pregnancy.
I have never claimed to be perfect. If that makes me the “worst person in the world” to Mr. Olbermann, then I must apologize for not being absolutely faultless like he undoubtedly must be.
To Mr. Olbermann let me say this: you can attack me all you want. But you will not stop me from getting my message out about teen pregnancy prevention. And one day, if you ever have a daughter, you may change your mind about me.
We already know that Olbermann is far from perfect. He was recently, 28 October 2010, suspended briefly for giving political donations to three candidates (Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway, Arizona reps Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords).
We didn’t love Bristol Palin’s dancing, but we do love that she turned to Facebook. Really, Olbermann…Bristol Palin is the worst person you could find? She isn’t even the worst dancer we’ve seen.
We didn’t vote for Palin on DWTS, but in this war of words, Olbermann versus Palin, she has our vote.