I know, I know, that can cover a wide variety of issues, and these days there seems to be no shortage of ones that would merit such a response.
But in this case, I am referring to Jack Stuef at Wonkette writing a particularly egregious piece directed at - wait for it - Trig Palin. Yes, Trig Palin, the Downs Syndrome baby of Sarah and Todd. It begs the question, what in the world could anyone have to say about any toddler that would be egregious, but especially a Special Needs child? Well, the headline of Tommy Christopher's article at MediaIte gives you a hint:"Wonkette Editor Comments on Reprehensible Birthday Greeting to Trig Palin."
First to a portion of Jack Stuef's piece (and hey, I'm not linking to it, because he doesn't deserve the traffic):
[snip] Today is the day we come together to celebrate the snowbilly grifter’s magical journey from Texas to Alaska to deliver to the America the great gentleman scholar Trig Palin. Is Palin his true mother? Or was Bristol? (And why is it that nobody questions who the father is? Because, either way, Todd definitely did it.)[snip]
What the hell is wrong with him? Seriously - what would make a grown (presumably) man attack a child this way just to get back at his parents for what, BEING? That "snowbilly grifter," as he called her, is the freakin' former governor of Alaska, and former VP presidential candidate - just what the hell has HE done that is anywhere NEAR that level of accomplishment? Apparently, nothing. And I say "apparently" because when you target a toddler for no reason other than his Special Needs status and who his parents are, well, you're not exactly the cream of the crop. IMHO, that is.
Christopher's response was pretty much along the lines of my own:
[snip] Hey, that’s really funny, calling Trig a gentleman scholar because he has Down Syndrome. And the speculation that Todd Palin may have raped his daughter? Pure comedy gold. You know what will be even funnier? The first time Jack Stuef runs into Todd Palin. That one practically writes its own punchline. [snip]
Uh, yeah. Now, Todd clearly has way more class than Stuef, and I am not an advocate of violence, but, wow...
And get this initial reaction from Ken Layne, Editor of Wonkette, in response to Christopher asking if this offensive post would be removed:
[snip] On whose account are you requesting that Jack Stuef remove a post mocking Sarah Palin’s well-documented use of her special needs child as a political prop? Is this coming from Mediaite? Which editor? [snip]
"Political prop"? How's that again? She had him around her when she had ALL of her children around her. He's her child, and was an INFANT at the time. If she did NOT have him with her, there would be charges against her for being a horrible parent, hiding her Special needs child, blah, blah, blah - you know there would be. She just cannot win for losing.
And really - they are pushing this meme that Bristol is really the mother?? What is wrong with these people?!
There are more exchanges between Tommy Christopher and Ken Layne, and you can click here to read the rest. Suffice it to say, it didn't get any better (and really, it went downhill). There is still no sense of shame, or acknowledgment that this toddler should not be a target for "satire" or "humor," since that is what they think Stuef's post was.
Honestly, is there no line these folks won't cross? Sure doesn't seem like it, but I gotta say, going after a toddler, a Special Needs one at that, just to get at his parents, is plain wrong. Never mind the depiction of Palin - that was offensive, too. But this is way beyond the pale. There should be no place for this, either by the writer, or an editor who would defend it.
Again, I have to ask: what the hell is wrong with these people??
Update: Fortunately, many advertisers have pulled their ads from Wonkette. Seems some people DO still have a sense of decency and decorum, since Wonkette clearly does not.
Faithful NQ reader, Helenk, provided a link to an excellent piece at HotAir, "3 Reasons Why Wonkette Self-destructed By Publishing A Hit Piece On Trig Palin," which included the video below:
Well said, Mr. Crowder. Thank you.