Who would have guessed that Sarah Palin's baby would turn out to be the Tabloid Baby of the Year?
For a week now, we've been saying that the "mainstream media" was cowardly and wrong to, in the shocking words of CNN talking head Jeffrey Toobin, "take their word" and, despite convincing evidence, step away from investigating whether Sarah Palin's newborn child Trig is actually the son of Palin's daughter Bristol-- and that Palin, the evangelical, fundamentalist, abstinence-promoting conservative hypocrite, pretended to have given birth in order to score political points with right wingers and right-to-lifers.
Whether because of misguided elitist politesse or fear of corporate overlords, any journalist who'd dismiss the story needs an old-school tabloid re-education.
So hooray for liberals grinding axes!
This afternoon, Matt Drudge reports that the New York Times, who've sharpened the blade expertly all week, plans a major story on the subject.
Drudge got us going with the original headline
NYT PREPARES TO FRONT EXPOSE
ON PALIN'S BABY...
before knocking it down a storm category or two, but still promising some real investigation:
NYT PREPARES TO FRONT
DETAILED STORY ON PALIN'S
BABY, NEWSROOM SOURCES TELL
The conclusion to the six-month mystery doesn't matter as much as the fact that journos doing their jobs.
Timesman Frank Rich warned today that "by hurling charges of sexism and elitism at any easily cowed journalist who raises a question about Palin, McCain operatives are hoping to ensure that whatever happened in Alaska with Sarah Palin stays in Alaska. Given how little vetting McCain himself has received this year — and that only 58 days remain until Nov. 4 — they just might pull it off."
Not if we can help it.
And by the way, where's PETA in all of this, with macho mama's aerial wolf hunting and all?