Nothing has been more irritating during the 2008 election cycle than listening to fanatics from the right and left working as hard as they can to spread lies about their opposition.
We have seen the ever-present libelous e-mails saying Barack Obama is a Muslim, or the ones saying he is not respecting the American flag, and this past weekend we saw the far-left spreading rumors that Sarah Palin's last pregnancy was faked to cover up her daughter having an out-of-wedlock child.
Over the weekend, Mrs. Palin announced that her daughter was five months pregnant and the sharks began attacking immediately, and this time it was not just the far left blogs and rumor mongers. The story became a cause celebre with the media, as well.
THERE IS NO STORY!
When we have soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, American jobs being shipped overseas, problems with health care, the misguided No Child Left Behind law, and the price of gasoline is nearing four dollars a gallon, Sarah Palin's daughter's pregnancy is a non-story and an unwelcome distraction in the news.
I have heard some of the media pundits claim it is news because Mrs. Palin is in favor of abstinence-based education. That is a stretch and one being offered simply to allow the story to continue. Just because she favors abstinence-based education and her daughter is pregnant does not make Mrs. Palin a hypocrite. These things happen to families all of the time. It only smacks of hypocrisy if she publicly favors the teaching of abstinence, then persuades her daughter to have sex with her boyfriend. I don't care how deep the media digs (and apparently they don't plan to let this one go), they are not going to uncover anything like that.
It appears that our national media, after missing the boat for a year on a real political sex scandal, the one involving John Edwards, is going to jump all over a non-existent one. In this historic election, isn't there any way we can bring the coverage back to the issues?