Chelsea Clinton announced this week that she was expecting her first child, making potential 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, a grandmother. While most people welcomed the news, some in the right-wing media have pushed the narrative that the pregnancy was planned and that Hillary Clinton is just "too old" to be president.
A discussion occurred during the Fox News show "Media Buzz" this Sunday and the topic was one of the right-wing's favorite targets, Hillary Clinton. Media Buzz host Howard Kurtz asked whether some on the panel were being a bit too critical of Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy announcement. Fox News analyst Lauren Ashburn was quick to fire back.
Kurtz: Are we perhaps over-analyzing, over-thinking what ought to be a routine, joyous occasion?
Ashburn: You've been in this town for how many years, and you don’t have a cynical bone in your body? I think a lot of reporters think maybe this was planned.
Kurtz: Maybe this was planned! You don’t think that Chelsea Clinton and her husband are entitled to try to have a baby whenever they want? And by the way, if it was going to be planned, it would be planned for next year when the campaign might actually be underway!
Panel member and contributor Jim Pinkerton took the conservation to another level by claiming that the media were attempting to help Clinton's possible 2016 White House bid by making her future grandchild the new "royal baby." Ashburn then chimed in, stating that Hillary was probably "too old" to run for president anyway.
Pinkerton: The mainstream media, trying to help Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign, decided to make this baby the royal baby.
Ashburn: We have to realize that this is Hillary Clinton, she’s most likely running for president, it hasn't been good for her. A lot of people say she’s too old. And so, there is coverage.
It's some what ironic that people at Fox News and in the right-wing are attacking Hillary Clinton and her family for things they normally would celebrate. In 2008, John McCain ran as the Republican nominee for president and he was 72 years old, three years older than Clinton will be in 2016 if she decides to give it a shot. Conservatives also love the idea of marriage and family, but when it happens to a liberal family, it seems to be a bigger issue. Sarah Palin was the Republican nominee for vice president along side John McCain and conservatives defended her when the news broke that her 17 year old daughter was having a child out of wedlock, going against her strong religious beliefs.
Both political parties are often guilty of "playing politics," that's something that will never change as long as there is a political system that is totally dominated by both the Democrats and the Republicans. The issue with this situation is that Hillary Clinton, while a formidable challenger, has been "in the game" for a long time. With someone who has been around so long, a critic of hers could easily find a legit reason to be so critical. Fox News and the right-wing media are just showing how lazy and inept they are by attacking a family who should be enjoying the arrival of their newest family member, not dealing with personal smears by conservative talking heads.