With the writing style and gravitas worthy of a high school newspaper columnist, PBS "To the Contrary" host and US News & World Report columnist Bonnie Erbe slammed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in her March 12 column, pitting her against her daughter Bristol who "displays a lot more personal maturity and decision-making ability than her mother" as evidenced by the breaking off of her engagement with boyfriend Levi Johnston.
Although Erbe is not a relationship expert or couples therapist, she plays one on the Internet (emphases mine):
[T]he youthful pair never looked like a loving couple. They looked like what they were: two sexually active teens who happened to "hook up" but had nothing beyond that in common. Besides, who wants to marry the son of a woman who's brought up on drug charges?
From where I sit,
So let me get this straight. Bristol Palin is nothing more than a hornball teenager who had an emotionally-devoid sexual fling with the son of a druggie and thanks to her mom's political views on abstinence education, was virtually doomed to an unwanted pregnancy.
Yet somehow this hormone-addled sex fiend is a much more mature decision maker than her mother?
But who needs logic when your aim is to trash social conservatives who believe in abstinence education?:
It's a shame for the baby, to be born to unwed teen parents who are ill-equipped to parent at that young age. It's a shame all around, as is abstinence-only education.
—Ken Shepherd is Managing Editor of NewsBusters