New York Times Plans Front Page Story On the Palin's Down Syndrome Baby

Drudge is reporting that The New York Times is preparing a front page story on Todd and Sarah Palin’s new baby Trig.

Trig Paxson Van Palin has Down syndrome a genetic abnormality that affects a child’s intellectual and physical development. Sarah Palin said she and Todd felt blessed and chosen by God and in their eyes, “he’s absolutely perfect.”

Don’t expect The New York Times to be so sympathetic.

UPDATE: Here’s the article “Fusing Politics and Motherhood in New Way”.


…On blogs and at PTA meetings, voters alternately cheer and fault her balancing act, and although many are thrilled to see a child with special needs in the spotlight, some accuse her of exploiting Trig for political gain.

But her son has given Ms. Palin, 44, a powerful message. Other candidates kiss strangers’ babies; Ms. Palin has one of her own. He is tangible proof of Ms. Palin’s anti-abortion convictions, which have rallied social conservatives, and her belief that women can balance family life with ambitious careers.

…Her hesitation gone, Ms. Palin glowed with maternal pride. “Sarah was absolutely ecstatic,” said a friend, Marilyn Lane. After months of reflection and prayer, friends say, the Palins, who are Christians, had come to believe God had chosen to send them Trig.

Later that day, Ms. Palin sent an e-mail message to her relatives and close friends about her new son, Ms. Bruce said. She signed it, “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.”

“Many people will express sympathy, but you don’t want or need that, because Trig will be a joy,” Ms. Palin wrote. She added, “Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed-up world you live in down there on Earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome.”

…A woman with symptoms like Ms. Palin’s should be examined to determine her condition, said Dr. Laura Riley of Massachusetts General Hospital. The long trip home could have posed a risk, “but the odds were still in her favor that everything would be O.K.,” said Dr. Susan E. Gerber of Northwestern University.

…At her baby shower, Ms. Palin joked about her months of secrecy, Ms. Lane said. “About the seventh month I thought I’d better let people know,” Ms. Palin said.

“So it was really great,” she continued. “I was only pregnant a month.”

That Christianist line about “Trig’s Creator” surely impressed the writers at the NY Times, no doubt.

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