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CNNís John Roberts: Palin Might Neglect Her Disabled Infant?
NewsBusters ^ | August 29, 2008 | Matthew Balan

Posted on 08/29/2008 1:34:27 PM PDT by Zakeet

CNN’s John Roberts, after briefly alluding to the issue of Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s experience he called into question earlier on Friday’s "Newsroom" program, asked correspondent Dana Bash about how the Alaska governor’s newborn son with Down’s syndrome might be affected if she were elected: "There's also this issue that on April 18th, she gave birth to a baby with Down's Syndrome.... Children with Down's syndrome require an awful lot of attention. The role of Vice President, it seems to me, would take up an awful lot of her time, and it raises the issue of how much time will she have to dedicate to her newborn child?"

Bash deftly answered this question, which has the implication that Palin could neglect her infant son, and made a possible counter-argument the McCain camp would use, that a question like Roberts’ would be sexist: "That's a very good question, and I guess -- my guess is that, perhaps, the line inside the McCain campaign would be, if it were a man being picked who also had a baby, but -- you know, four months ago with Down's Syndrome, would you ask the same question?"

The CNN correspondent continued by briefly describing the Palin’s family situation and the thinking that may have gone into the situation for both McCain and Palin herself. She concluded by reporting on the Alaska governor’s appeal to social conservatives because she is "very staunchly anti-abortion," in Bash’s words.

The full transcript of the exchange between John Roberts and Dana Bash, which began 7 minutes into the 11 am Eastern hour of CNN’s "Newsroom" [audio available here]:

JOHN ROBERTS: You know, there's one other issue -- we've talked about her experience and what depth of experience she has; the fact that maybe she tries to peel off a few women voters on the Democratic side, who really wanted to see a woman in the White House in some way, shape, or form. There's also this issue that on April 18th, she gave birth to a baby with Down's Syndrome.

DANA BASH: Yes.

ROBERTS: The baby is just slightly more than four months old now. Children with Down's syndrome require an awful lot of attention. The role of Vice President, it seems to me, would take up an awful lot of her time, and it raises the issue of how much time will she have to dedicate to her newborn child?

BASH: That's a very good question, and I guess -- my guess is that, perhaps, the line inside the McCain campaign would be, if it were a man being picked who also had a baby, but -- you know, four months ago with Down's Syndrome, would you ask the same question? And that might be another way to kind of, you know, kind of close the gender gap in trying to make the point that, yes, she not only has, unfortunately, a baby with Down's Syndrome, but she has five children, the oldest of whom is apparently going -- is in the Army and going to head off to Iraq in the fall. So, you know, it absolutely is going to be a question that she is going to have to answer, and there's no question that she had to do soul-searching and figure out if she could take this on when John McCain made clear that he wanted her to be her [sic] running mate, and it is going to be one of the interesting things that we are going to be able to hear from her when she finally does speaks, whether she does address these things here or in subsequent interviews.

That's going to be a fascinating thing, but it also does -- it also does appeal to social conservatives in another way, and that is that, you know, part of her story, if you read her discussions about that baby, is that, you know, she knew before she gave birth to that baby, that it had Down's Syndrome, and she chose to keep the baby. And that is -- that is because she is somebody who is anti-abortion. She is somebody who is very staunchly anti-abortion. That kind of story, also, can help appeal to the social conservatives that John McCain is still trying to win over in his own party.

—Matthew Balan is a news analyst at the Media Research Center.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cnn; mediabias; msm; palin; propagandawingofdnc; republican
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To: Zakeet

I cannot state what an a-hole John Roberts is...

I am now engaged in this race!!!

Go Sarah!!!


121 posted on 08/29/2008 3:03:52 PM PDT by GOPRaleigh (That's above my pay grade = true leadership <sarcasm>)
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To: mware

If the Dad is taking care of the baby then that is a different story, they are raising their own children.


122 posted on 08/29/2008 3:03:53 PM PDT by rodeo-mamma
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To: ravingnutter

I read that too (the insinuations that the new baby is Palin’s daughter’s baby, or that the daughter is expecting). That caused a minor brushfire too. The DUers who have become mothers while in their teens, and/or unmarried, burst into flames at the suggestion that this is slutty behavior. Loose-lipped moonbats were incinerated on the spot.
Meanwhile, Gerry Ferraro expresses approval at the choice of Palin.
In 2008, the nation is going to experience a huge science project called, “Women and Watching What You Say.” It will look like a failed souffle and at the wrong voice command it will spew lava. ;)


123 posted on 08/29/2008 3:04:14 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Obama bin Biden -- So let it be written; so let it be done!)
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To: fightinJAG

I love that article. The First Dude is not only a manly man, but a stay-at-home dad. Women on both sides of the aisle are going to love this.


124 posted on 08/29/2008 3:08:58 PM PDT by lonevoice (John McCain was a Kinoki foot pad in the Reagan Revolution)
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To: Luke21

They’re not so upset that she has a career, but that she didn’t murder her child in order to have a career.


125 posted on 08/29/2008 3:09:47 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Zakeet

Keep that up dems and even the left women will vote for her, not just the soccer-moms you are sure you have lost that sit in the middle.


126 posted on 08/29/2008 3:12:20 PM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: Zakeet
Awww ... concern-trolls are so cute when they get all worked up.

AS IF the Democrats have never promoted women working. AS IF Michelle Obama was always a stay-at-home mother.

Hypocrites.

127 posted on 08/29/2008 3:13:04 PM PDT by valkyrieanne
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To: Zakeet

Just about bet females who hear this sort of stuff from CNN will be demanding an apology! What is this, back home to the kitchen because you can’t possibly work with a baby? GEEZ I thought these guys knew about stay at home husbands?


128 posted on 08/29/2008 3:21:30 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Zakeet
At least we can be certain that she won't lobotomize a handicapped relative, as the Kennedy's did...
129 posted on 08/29/2008 3:24:45 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Zakeet

How arrogant and/or stupid do you have to be to make this kind of comment about some parent.


130 posted on 08/29/2008 3:26:16 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: rodeo-mamma
I like Palin she is very impressive, but it is an issue. I just had a baby in March. I just started working 1 day a week. I personally don’t think it is right to work full time when you have a baby. I don’t know, maybe Palin is different. It’s really not a good idea that Babies are being raised in Day Care.

Her baby won't be raised in day care. Her husband is a stay at home hubby since Sarah was elected Gov. She has two teenaged daughters and a younger daughter who, I am sure, will help out. She is being gov now and taking care of her baby why would VP be any different. It is a very laid back job and I am sure her and her baby will be fine. It is NOT a consideration except that some people want it to be one.

131 posted on 08/29/2008 3:27:44 PM PDT by calex59
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To: calex59

Somehow I find it hard to think of Sarah Palin as being “laid back” in a job (even if it isn’t Vice President) any more than I can think of her being a laid back mother. ;-)


132 posted on 08/29/2008 3:30:44 PM PDT by unspun (Mike Huckabee: Government's job is "protect us, not have to provide for us.")
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To: Zakeet

Translation;;;;oh pleese reverse this decision, so that my ‘’frinds’’ can screw over America.


133 posted on 08/29/2008 3:42:08 PM PDT by Waco ( take up sky-diving hilary)
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To: Zakeet

I see that John Roberts is still p*ssed at losing The Big Chair at CBS to a woman...


134 posted on 08/29/2008 3:47:25 PM PDT by an amused spectator (Wikipedia: The Truth Was Out There, but it was reverted...)
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To: Chicos_Bail_Bonds
No, it is not hypocrisy. And we need to get that straight if we're to help her stand up against such discriminatory remarks. We need to call them on their discrimination from the stand point that if it were a man, there would be no question. We need to close ranks behind her and support her and the family. This is a woman of high family values. Values that out shine the Clintons, Obama, and most other democrats. Family Values that every American can aspire too.

God will bless her and family for choosing to serve.

135 posted on 08/29/2008 3:55:28 PM PDT by EBH ( ... the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness. --Alculin c.735-804)
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To: Zakeet

Algores teenage son was a frickin’ retard. How did he managed to do 8 years in the VP slot???

Anybody think a teenage girl requires more parental attention than a 4 month old child? Then cross out Amy Carter and Chelsea Clinton.


136 posted on 08/29/2008 4:03:28 PM PDT by bpjam (Obama is Black. Stop Asking Questions, Dammit!!!)
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To: chessplayer

No two people can agree on everything. But she is far and away a great nominee and would make a great President.

She stands head anbd shoulders above the mental pygmies in the DemocRat Party as well as the RINOS in the Republican Party.


137 posted on 08/29/2008 4:07:52 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: ladyvet
"What, should she have aborted and and let that precious child of God die in a dirty laundry room, a practice that Obama supports?!"

Whoa- the baby who was left to die in the laundry room had Down's Syndrome, didn't he?
That just gives me chills.
I think we are seeing the hand of the Almighty at work here.

As far as "neglecting her child" - she has reared four of five children, while serving in office in Alaska- they are obviously a close knit loving family.

To repeat a point already made: If she were a man, would they even ask this question? What happened to supporting a career woman?

138 posted on 08/29/2008 4:08:26 PM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for president Bush. Pray for our troops. Pray for congress, Pray for our nation.)
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To: Pajamajan
Yes, he was.
The left is in a panic and doing what they do best..hypocrisy.
139 posted on 08/29/2008 4:24:49 PM PDT by ladyvet (Obama..be afraid, be very afraid....not anymore!)
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To: Zakeet
If I were Palin, I'd actually use this in an ad:

"Children with Down's syndrome require an awful lot of attention. The role of Vice President, it seems to me, would take up an awful lot of her time, and it raises the issue of how much time will she have to dedicate to her newborn child?"

PALIN: "I'd like to thank the drive-by media for their concern about child-rearing, and I welcome and accept their offer to come to Washington and help as I assume the duties of Vice President of the United States."

140 posted on 08/29/2008 5:15:56 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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