Sarah Palin is up in arms about a blogger’s use of a photo of the governor holding her son Trig. An Alaska blogger named Linda Kellen Biegel photoshopped the face of Alaskan Eddie Burke, a right wing talk show host, onto Trig’s face.
Biegel was poking fun at Burke for what she calls his “probable second-biggest fantasy about the Governor.” But Palin saw the photo as a “malicious desecration” aimed at special needs children.
It’s understandable that no parent would want their child used as a political pawn. But in lashing out against the blogger’s use of the photo of Trig, Palin used Trig in a far more egregious mannor than the blogger. In her statement condemning the photoshopped picture, Palin repeatedly evoked Trig’s special needs, accused the Obama administration of indecency, and questioned the blogger’s loyalty to the State of Alaska.
A few highlights from her spokeswoman’s email: “The mere idea of someone doctoring the photo of a special needs baby is appalling. To learn that two Alaskans did it is absolutely sickening….The Obama Administration sets the moral compass for its party. We ask that special needs children be loved, respected and accepted and that this type of degeneracy be condemned.”
If Palin had simply protested the use of her baby to make a political point, I may have been able to see where she was coming from. But Biegel’s blog post clearly had nothing to do with Trig’s special needs. To make it a special needs issue–not to mention a national moral issue–is to shamelessly exploit Trig’s Down’s syndrome to serve Palin’s political agenda.