Offensive Sarah Palin Song Gets Emmy Nomination

July 12, 2010
By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
contributor to

Continuing a politically charged pattern, the Television Academy is bypassing myriad TV tunes to award an Emmy nomination on what appears to be an ideological basis.

The nomination, in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category, is being given to a “Family Guy” tune that takes aim at Sarah Palin.

The song is called “Down Syndrome Girl,” and it comes from an episode in which a character with Down syndrome identifies her mom as “the former governor of Alaska,” an obvious reference to Palin who herself is the mother of a child with Down syndrome.

Palin and others have responded to the show.

Unfortunately, their feedback has failed to stop the TV Academy from elevating lyrics, which, among other things, refer to the “Down Syndrome Girl” as a “little whore.”

This comes on the heels of the stunning Levi Johnston admission.

Johnston inadvertently exposed the widespread bias in the American mainstream news and entertainment media.

The former fiancé of Bristol Palin and father of Sarah Palin’s grandson recently issued the following statement:

“Last year, after Bristol and I broke up, I was unhappy and a little angry. Unfortunately, against my better judgment, I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true. I have already privately apologized to Todd and Sarah. Since my statements were public, I owe it to the Palins to publicly apologize.”

Now that Johnston has come clean, will any of the mainstream news and entertainment media outlets that distributed his lies express contrition as well?

After he broke up with Bristol, Johnston appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Tyra Banks Show,” “The Early Show” and “Larry King Live,” among other programs.

Levi wrote a defamatory Palin article for Vanity Fair; GQ sent a reporter to Alaska to pen a piece slamming the former governor; and Johnston was interviewed in Alaska by a writer for New York magazine.

The Palin family has always asserted that Johnston's statements were untrue.

Media professionals now have an ethical obligation to start issuing retractions.