Yesterday Sarah Palin took to Facebook to decry what she called media hypocrisy in the treatment of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to Palin, who takes on a sarcastic tone through much of the post, the media has declared Clinton's health off limits, but Palin's family was considered fair game when she was the Republican vice presidential candidate in the 2008 campaign. Palin goes on to suggest that the media "find something" if they investigate Clinton's "liberal brain."
The questions about Clinton's health began when former Bush campaign strategist Karl Rove suggested that Clinton suffered a "traumatic brain injury." Rove went on to question whether Clinton, to be 69 years of age in 2016, would be too old for presidency.
Fox News broadcast Rove's comments, which were quickly rebuked by a Clinton spokesperson. Others in the media have pointed out that Republicans did not have the same concern about President Reagan, who began his presidential administration at the age of 69.
In her Facebook post, Palin begins sarcastically stating,
Hey! Hillary’s brain is off-limits! Leave her health records alone! Democrats are right – scouring records of a female candidate is just politics of personal destruction, and for the media to engage in it would be unfair, unethical, and absolutely UNPRECEDENTED. You can’t probe a woman like that because, well, it’s a war on women!"
Palin then references the investigation by some into a conspiracy theory that Trig Palin, her son, was actually birthed by her daughter Bristol,
Goodness, no one credible would print lies, continually harass a candidate’s doctor, disrupt local hospital staff, or even offer to pay locals to give “quotes” about her health records to be included in a “research book” by a public university professor (your tax dollars at work?) which the candidate’s attorney will need to respond to."
There are a couple of issues with Palin's comparison.
Palin provides links to multiple stories about Trig, including one from Politico and another from Salon. The problem for Palin is that both stories actually debunk the Trig conspiracy theory. Indeed, the Salon piece is entitled "Trig Trutherism: The definitive debunker." The POLITICO piece notes that one author was actually ostracized by the mainstream media for continually bringing up questions about Trig.
The Trig conspiracy theory was never accepted by the mainstream media, and never pushed on a national network by Democrat of Karl Rove's stature. On the contrary, then candidate Obama publicly declared that Palin's family was "off-limits" when asked about the pregnancy of Bristol Palin.
The second issue is that besides being rejected by the mainstream media and Democrats, the Trig conspiracy theory had nothing to do with Palin's age or her gender. Rove, and those who are joining him, do seem to be questioning Hillary Clinton's age and mental capacity in a way they have never done before when it came to Reagan, or Senator John McCain, or former Senator Bob Dole when they are ran for the presidency.