As I noted here last night, Ken Layne is the editor of Wonkette, a site which published a post on Trig Palin’s birthday that mocked Trig Palin’s Downs syndrome. Excerpt:
Today is the day we come together to celebrate the snowbilly grifter’s magical journey from Texas to Alaska to deliver to the America the great gentleman scholar Trig Palin.
It’s funny because he has Downs syndrome! Get it?
Advertisers predictably started running, beginning with Papa John’s pizza, and continuing with Huggies and Vanguard. Layne responded with his characteristic humility and good sense, calling Papa John’s pizza “shitty” and “homophobic”:
Layne’s mature reaction continued on Twitter, where he called for a boycott of Papa John’s.
Layne has put the blame for all this squarely on Sarah Palin, whom he labels a terrible parent for supposedly parading Trig Palin in public, rather than hiding him in shame the way Top Parent Ken Layne would.
Speaking of Top Parent Ken Layne . . . check out his e-mails to Tommy Christopher and David Weigel about all this. Pay special attention to the parts I have bolded:
Here Layne writes Tommy Christopher, calling Palin a “cow-demon”:
People are going to act outraged about things on the internet. I’m pretty sure you are aware of this, if you work on the internet. And with two kids of my own and another on the way, I am obviously a great fan of children, especially mine.And I respect the rights of children to not be mocked on the internet just because their mom is a cow-demon. It’s not the kid’s fault. Who gets to pick their parents? I sure didn’t.
As for taking down the post, as you know on the internet there is no “taking down the post.” Why even try that? So people like you can get another freelance internet column out of it by feigning outrage again?
And here Layne writes David Weigel, blaming Sarah Palin for the mockery of Trig:
I have four kids myself and I wouldn’t want them mocked on the Internet by a bunch of cretins on the Internet. And that’s just one reason why I wouldn’t parade my children around in the media. What kind of mother does that?
Unlike Sarah Palin, Ken Layne is a great parent, you see. Why, Ken Layne cares so much about his own children, he can tell you how many he has! . . . give or take a couple.
This amusing tidbit was spotted by commenter Roberta, who asked: “How does one communicate effectively on the subject of a child with an editor/father who can’t count his own children…?”
Indeed. Mr. Layne, I see you have set yourself up as the arbiter of Sarah Palin’s quality as a parent. But you know what? At least Sarah Palin knows how many children she has.