After she was widely criticized for her gleeful enjoyment of Bristol Palin’s tearful statement to police after a man she did not know came out of nowhere, pushed her down, and dragged her by her feet across the lawn, CNN’s Carol Costello apologized for her joking about the attack.
Earlier in the week Costellos told CNN viewers, “Okay. I’m just going to come right out and say it. This is quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across – well, come across in a long time anyway.” She went on to describe a “massive brawl in Anchorage, Alaska reportedly involving Sarah Palin’s kids and her husband.” Costello said, “So sit back and enjoy!”
Costello also teased the clip of Bristol Palin’s post-assault report to police the same way on her Twitter feed:
— Carol Costello (@CarolC) October 22, 2014
On the police tape, Bristol described what happened to police. “Some guy gets in my face. Pushes me down on the grass. Drags me across the grass. You (expletive), you (expletive), you (expletive) you (expletive). I get back up. He pushes me down on the grass again and pulls me by my (expletive) feet.”
Costello said after playing the clip, “I think that long beep was my favorite part.”
Only in liberal-feminist-double-standard world is there a “best part” of an account of a woman describing her assault to police.
After the backlash over Costello’s grossly, inappropriate comments and slobbering joy over a young woman’s assault, she issued a token apology to Palin for joking about the attack.
But actually, Costello didn’t apologize “to” Palin and she didn’t actually say she was sorry for joking about the “attack.” Instead, she took the opportunity to throw another punch at Bristol and the Palins with her perfunctory apology via Politico:
Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize.
To whom is she apologizing? Not Bristol, or the Palins, it seems. Once more, Costello casts aspersions on the family by characterizing the attack as a “brawl involving the Palin family,” not acknowledging that Bristol was assaulted. And the majority of CNN’s viewers don’t read Dylan Byers in POLITICO, so they’ll never even see the so-called apology. They’re left with the cackling image of Costello (and by extension, CNN) salivating over a young woman’s assault because Costello has refused to apologize on the air. True soldiers in the War on Women, all of them.
Bristol Palin, like her mother, is no shrinking violet. She called out the media hypocrisy in an article at Patheos.
Bristol described the facts that Costello left out of the story and called out the liberal media for their double standard for conservative women.
In the meantime, did you even hear about Vice President Joe Biden’s adult son who kicked out of the Navy for cocaine? (That’s the real Vice President’s kid…) So pause for a moment and consider the hysteria over our stupid “incident”, compared to our actual Vice President’s son not even being able to hold on to a position in the Navy Reserve.
I’m sure you heard the happy news that Chelsea Clinton had a baby. But did you know her father-in-law and Clinton family pal Edward Mezvinsky is a convicted felon because of committing bank, wire, and mail fraud?
Of course, you didn’t. Because the friends and family of the revered liberal elite are treated like delicate China. Don’t handle too roughly. They are precious. They are off limits. Don’t push on them too hard.
In the meantime, I was pushed and held down by some guy… and the media salivates like a dog that’s just been given a bone.
Here’s the thing. Violence against women is never okay… Even if that violence occurs against conservative women. Imagine for a second the outrage that would happen if Chelsea Clinton had gotten pushed by some guy. Had she tried to defend herself, the liberal media would’ve held her up as some feminist hero.
But it wasn’t Chelsea.
It wasn’t Hillary.
It wasn’t someone they liked or someone they agreed with.
It was a conservative.
And once again, the hypocrisy of the media is laid bare.
Well said, Bristol. These media enablers like Costello are telling men that conservative women are fair game. Violence against women is a travesty unless it’s directed at women who doesn’t agree with abortion on demand and free birth control. Those women only deserve derision the backs of men’s hands.