CNN’s Carol Costello apologized on Thursday for joking about a police recording of Bristol Palin.
“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,” Costello said in a statement to POLITICO.
On Wednesday, before playing a tape in which Bristol Palin describes an alleged altercation at a party in Wasilla, Alaska, Costello said, “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.”
In the tape, Palin is heard describing what happened to her after she confronted someone she accused of pushing her sister.
Politico also reports how the anchors of MSNBC’s Morning Joe seem to regret their own reporting of the entire incident:
On Thursday’s “Morning Joe,” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski said they were guilty of jumping to conclusions over the incident, initially approaching news of the brawl with a “humorous tone.”
“The more we learned about what happened its clearer that it’s not that funny,” Brzezinski said. “We played into stereotypes from maybe our own outlook, quite frankly. So it’s definitely more of a story than that.”
Scarborough said everyone is guilty for presuming the Palins are to be used as a “punch line.”
“There is the very real possibility that something terrible happened to them,” Scarborough said. “… I think we all shot first and asked questions later and a lot of people are guilty of that.”
I am nobody to question anyone’s sincerity. That is between them and the good Lord above.
However, this stems back to disgusting comments made by Bill Maher, David Letterman, Martin Bashir, and others.
As vile as some remarks can be, I don’t imagine Governor Palin losing a lot of sleep over comments. After all, she knows what Americans are going through right now and as she’s remarked before they take “real shots” from the failed policies of this White House.
The problem though is that vile behavior from people in the media who are biased comes very easily where Governor Palin is concerned. People needed to remind CNN’s Costello how out of line she was and that’s pretty scary. The reality is that Governor Palin and her family have earned their right to be respected and her record as a public servant deserves to be held in high regard, even if pundits and anchors disagree with her on one issue or another.
If they grasp that concept, I promise you they’d be less likely to make vile remarks so easily.