Sarah Palin has finally spoken out about the now-infamous brawl involving her family — seven weeks after the incident took place and about six weeks after reports of what has come to be known as the “Palin Family Brawl” first surfaced in the media. And while Palin makes a rare admission of vulnerability in her Friday Facebook post, she used most of the message to lash out at CNN and “those on the left” who, she says, enjoyed a laugh at the expense of her daughter, Bristol.
“What happened on the night in question wasn’t funny. It was humiliating and frightening,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page. “The broken ribs, black eyes, and messed up elbows and knees suffered by people in our party that night were no laughing matter. Neither were Bristol’s bruises on her arms and leg from being dragged by a man.”
The post may mark the first time that Sarah Palin has admitted in public feeling humiliation. But her tone quickly shifted to an attack on the media for what she says was their “laughing” at Bristol Palin’s account of the brawl, in which the elder Palin daughter described being attacked by homeowner Korey Klingenmeyer, the host of the party at which the September 6 brawl in Anchorage, Alaska, took place.
“It strikes me as bitterly ironic that the same people who tell us there is a ‘war on women’ have no problem laughing at the recording of my daughter crying as she tells police about being assaulted by a man,” Palin wrote. “I’d like to say shame on the media and those on the left laughing at her or at any young woman in a similar situation, but I no longer think they have any shame.”
But as Josh Marshall, editor of the political site Talking Points Memo — which has paid particular attention to the Palin Family Brawl story — noted, every other witness to the brawl interviewed by police stated that Bristol Palin initiated the attack on Klingenmeyer, punching him repeatedly in the face. Even Bristol’s sister, Willow Palin, told the same story, but claimed that Bristol’s flurry of punches failed to connect.
“I think it kind of goes without saying that if news emerged that Bristol had been assaulted by a boyfriend or spouse or really anyone else, no one would be laughing. Indeed, I’m not sure anyone now is laughing so much as standing back agape and marveling,” Marshall wrote. “To cite this as an example of the scourge of violence against women is really to make a mockery of it.”
Palin specifically cited CNN anchor Carol Costello, who prefaced a broadcast of the Bristol Palin police interview — which can be heard at this link — by calling the recording “quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across.”
Costello issued an apology for that comment, in a message to the Washington news site Politico. But in her Facebook message, Sarah Palin mocked Costello for failing to contact her or her family directly.