Self-described defender of women Kathryn Boockvar has remained silent after Courier-Times columnist Kate Fratti cyberbullied her opponent Mike Fitzpatrick’s teen daughter Maggie.
Fratti smeared details of Maggie Fitzpatrick’s personal life, culled from the teen’s Twitter feed – some posts dating back to when she was 17-years old – up and down the front page of Sunday’s Courier-Times. Fitzpatrick was so intimidated by the media’s inappropriate amplification of her personal life that she deleted her Twitter feed entirely.
Oh, for the days when a kid would be humiliated by a mere four to six kids mocking his shoes at a lunch table. Multiply it by a hundred now.
It is daunting for kids. They need us to understand what they are up against and to help them navigate.
Yes, it is horrible – “daunting” even – when someone copies something they think is embarrassing about a student from Twitter, attaches it to their real world persona and family life, and multiplies it beyond its intended audience by a factor of hundreds, isn’t it Ms. Fratti? How about by thousands?
Taking advantage of a 19-year old’s natural poor judgement for front page fodder is shameful.
Fratti’s justification for publishing the article was that she was “feeling a little sorry” that similar information had been published on a little-read self-described DC gossip blog. Natural, then, when you’re “feeling a little sorry” that embarrassing information is out there, to internalize that sorrow, get that information right into print, and stick it on the front page where it would be seen by even more people.
Congressional candidate Boockvar’s campaign site describes her as “active in support of women’s issues.” I’m guessing the so-called “right to privacy,” which liberals have no problem finding in the Constitution when it’s baby killin’ time, is no longer a woman’s issue, then. Or, because it benefits the liberal media when they want to attack conservatives, is the so-called “Right to Privacy” the only inalienable right that you unwillingly relinquish due to your father’s job?
On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that “active” doesn’t mean what I think it means.
Boockvar has a teen daughter of her own, which should make her especially sensitive to dragging people’s kids into politics. Yet even the smallest denunciation of the Courier-Times’ attack on Fitzpatrick’s teen daughter is missing from the “News” section Boockvar’s campaign site, which seems mainly dedicated to boosting her fetus destroying cred.
Even Barack Obama had the decency to speak out in the wake of the media’s feeding frenzy over Bristol Palin’s pregnancy during the 2008 campaign, declaring the families of candidates “off-limits.”
“Let me be as clear as possible,” Obama said. “I think people’s families are off-limits, and people’s children are especially off-limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics.”
“How a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn’t be the topic of our politics, and I hope that anybody who is supporting me understands that’s off-limits.”
I guess Fratti, Boockvar and far-left Courier-Times editor Pat Walker didn’t get Obama’s memo, or being the daughter of a Republican in Bucks County exempts you from Obama’s rule for some reason. Women all, they should be aware of the damage that can be done by heaping scorn on a 19-year old girl.
Boockvar should demand that her supporters in and out of the media leave the candidates’ children out of the political discussion for the remainder of this campaign, and Fratti and Walker should apologize for the inappropriate amplification of this student’s private life.