Bristol Palin defends herself against Olbermann

Fri Dec 3, 2010 8:33am EST

Bristol Palin , the daughter of conservative politician Sarah Palin, appears on ABC's 'Good Morning America' show in New York November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Bristol Palin , the daughter of conservative politician Sarah Palin, appears on ABC's 'Good Morning America' show in New York November 24, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Political scion Bristol Palin defended herself Thursday against an attack from MSNBC personality Keith Olbermann, who called her "the worst person in the world" because she preaches abstinence to teens even though she was an unwed teenager when she became a mom.

On her Facebook page, the former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant said she won't let Olbermann distort her message about the difficulties of teen pregnancy and that Olbermann is confused about what constitutes hypocrisy.

"In order to have credibility as a spokesperson, it sometimes takes a person who has made mistakes," she wrote. "Parents warn their children about the mistakes they made so they are not repeated. Former gang members travel to schools to educate teenagers about the risks of gang life."

Palin is an ambassador for the Candies Foundation, which promotes education about teen pregnancy.

Last week, Olbermann made Palin his "worst person" after viewing a Candies public service announcement starring her and, as Olbermann put it, "this The Situation guy from TV's Jersey Shore."

The liberal commentator played a clip from the ad, made a few jokes about hypocrisy, then shook his head as he threw his script toward the TV camera.

"I have never claimed to be perfect," Palin wrote Thursday. "If that makes me the 'worst person in the world' to Mr. Olbermann, then I must apologize for not being absolutely faultless like he undoubtedly must be."

Olbermann is no stranger to online feuds, of course. A few weeks ago he had one with Pat Sajak after the "Wheel of Fortune" host apologized for having Olbermann as a guest on "The Pat Sajak Show," a short-lived nighttime talk show that was canceled two decades ago.

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Comments (4)
dibeanie wrote:
Bristol needs to fade into the sunset… take care of her child.

Dec 03, 2010 4:08am EST  --  Report as abuse
chardwell wrote:
Worst person in the world? Interesting selection. So teenage pregnancy is evil? Hatred of a person because you disagree with her mother’s politics is absolutely vile. Political propagandists are in no position to judge anybody.

Dec 03, 2010 2:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Phil1957 wrote:
Since its inconceivable to me that Mr. Olbermman does not know the meaning of the word hypocrite – I think he is the one who should get the award for “the worse person” in the world. I’d call him a moron except I know he actually knows what he is doing. Cheers to Bristol for the manner you replied to this so-called journalist … but in all honesty Bristol – you should just ignore people like this. People who matter, get it. And those who don’t, choose to believe people like this and do not want to be educated.

Dec 03, 2010 5:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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