Yesterday, Governor Palin shared a seemingly benign “happy new year” Facebook post that included photos of her son Trig using their dog, Jill Hadassa, as a footstool of sorts. True to form, the media and the Left (pardon the redundancy) jumped at the opportunity to express their outrage. Animal rights groups also made their disapproval of the photos known as well, per POLITICO:
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called the post inappropriate.
“It’s odd that anyone — let alone a mother — would find it appropriate to post such a thing, with no apparent sympathy for the dog in the photo,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement to POLITICO.
It is odd, Ingrid, isn’t it? Let’s flashback to about six months ago to an image shared by Ellen Degeneres on her show’s Facebook page:
It’s odd that PETA did not make the same statement when Degeneres, their 2009 Woman of the Year, shared a similar photo with her more than 17 million Facebook friends this summer and received more than a quarter of a million likes. Wouldn’t PETA expect someone whom they honored to not condone such an action and photo, even if it didn’t not involve her or her child?
My post is neither a condemnation or an approval of the photos shared by Governor Palin or Ellen Degeneres. It simply highlights yet another example of the selective outrage of the media and various organizations when it comes to Governor Palin. One moment they are declaring her politically dead and irrelevant; the next moment they are, by the magnitude of their outrage, implying that she has tremendous influence over the public’s treatment of animals. Such logical whiplash must be painful.
As the Governor shared last Spring, the Palins received their beautiful dog from the Puppy Jake Foundation which trains dogs to be service animals for wounded warriors and others who need assistance. You can read more about the Foundation here.
(H/T to several sources on Facebook and Twitter who have been circulating the Ellen Show photo)