Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

September 2, 2008 -

The saga of Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin continues...

In the latest revelation, British newspaper The Telegraph reports that the father of pregnant 17-year-old Bristol Palin's baby is Levi Johnston, a self-described "redneck" hockey player.

The couple have been dating for a year, according to officials in their home town, and Bristol regularly cheers on her man at games...

 

On his MySpace page, since removed from the Internet, Johnston describes himself as a "f****n' redneck" and reveals: "I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing," before warning that of anyone annoys him, he will “kick ass".

 

Poignantly, in the one part of the site where it asks about children, he wrote, "I don't want kids."

Meanwhile Hollywood Celebs Gossip picks up The Telegraph's report and adds in the the gamer bit (source not immediately clear):

Since Bristol Palin’s pregnancy news was broken out, those profanity-laden words have been withdrawn from the social network site, replacing with “I enjoy hanging with my buds and playing a good video game. Thanks for looking at my site!”

GP: A look at MySpace seems to indicate that at least three pages have created in Levi's name. Some or all are obviously fakes. For now, we're taking all of this info with a large grain of salt.

UPDATE: A GP reader wrote in to object to the story as not appropriate for the site. Here are my thoughts on that:

I agree with [the reader] to a point. I don’t love the story, either. However, I can guarantee you that *every* mainstream news organization is going to cover the “father of the baby” story by tomorrow morning, and on that basis alone I do not have a problem being early with it. And, I always seek to bring any connection between politics and gaming to the forefront. He’s reportedly a gamer, this is a high profile story.

 

Nor do I have a political dog in this fight. Personally, I don’t think the pregnancy is politically relevant. But, absent my beliefs, it has become an international story. So, it gets covered.
 


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Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

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Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

Jerry Springer Real Baby Daddy Drama.

Click this link, and tell me what you think:

http://utube.smashits.com/video/VELIG92GDXw/Father-of-Bristol-Palin-s-baby-speaks.html

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

This article is stupid.

That is all.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

Submitted by Ken - September 2, 2008 at 6:33 pm -0500

That guy allegedly is the father, but there's only one way to find out for sure: A Maury paternity test. The bitch might be scamming him by hiding her reputation and that another guy could be the father.

So she decided the best thing she could do was to pick a self confessed redneck as her father to save her more the embarrassment?  Oh please... At least think up a vaguely intelligent conspiracy theory.

More that happy to oblige: Bristol's dad, Palin's husband, is actually the father of her children (that would explain the birth defect of the baby). This poor redneck boyfriend is being used to divert attention..

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

As much as i love Dennis's GP blog and would probably end up voting for Obama as president, i have to say that you're pro-democrat, anti-republican bias is severly showing with this article. It has very little to do with the issue of gaming. For God's sake 95% of teenagers in First World nations play video games.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

aw...I see why now I sometimes have issues with these articles I saw GP as a political gaming blog covering the more poignant aspects of news that was gamer centric, now GP is a bit more of a gamer centric news blog, its not a bad change , however I kinda wish GP would comment on the article himself a bit more, but then we have the freaks and geeks of the net running a full bore discussion hitting every point imaginable...... 

 

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Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

Eh? I'm not sure what the point is here. Is it just to show that, like any other demographic, gamers have their share of morons? I think we knew that already, highlighting the fact a very young couple were too stupid to use contraception probably wasn't required.

Gift.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

The sad thing about this story is that the real meaning has been lost.  At the heart is the failure of a moralistic religious belief-based view of sex.  The abstinence method of contraception is a failure.  Too many young women's lives are ruined by this.  Teen pregnancy is one of the strongest indicators for future poverty and disadvantage - for both the mother and her children.  This national story ought to be the turning point for a change in the approach to sex education.  What is needed is compulsory and non-judgmental sex education in schools.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

Am I the only one who's getting sick n' tired of BOTH the media and this preposterous "corporate two-party" system?

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

He's kinda hot.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

 What does this story really remind me about games and politics... one thing that we point out constantly is parental responsibility, how many of the problems that video games get involved with are the result of idiot parents. Parents who can't raise their kids right, parents who spoil their kids, parents who do not know how to control and disipline their kids, parents that use video games and tv like a baby sitter, Parents who just plain don't care enough about their kids; the list just goes on...

And this guy, the father of Bristol's child... he doesn't exactly sound like father of the year. Can't say as much about Bristol (sex is common amognst teens and don't know if she was practicing safe sex and so forth), but those myspace quotes makes me think that we've got the makings of another troubled family... better wish them luck, they're probably gonna need it

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

Personally I reckon that marriage will last about 6 months tops.  Forcing people to get married because they've screwed around is an attitute from the dark ages, and just doesn't work.

 

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

HA thats a shotgun wedding.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

No kidding. Nothing like a visit from the secret service to get daddy to say "I do".

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

Dude, this has everything to do with politics.  If they can not manage their family, how can we expect them to manage our country.   The teen pregnancy is a result of bad parenting, and a lack of parent figures parenting their kids.  It happened with my mom too, but her parents were not around and were bad parents.  I know many people who have been in this situation, and 95% of the time it is due to poor parenting, and 5% being a rebellious kid that didn't live with the parents when it happened.

All in all, how you manage things in your life has everything to do with the rest of your life, especially if you are a politician.  This lady has a baby at the age of 44, COME ON!!!!  The kid has down syndrome because she was irresponsible and had a kid after her body was able to correctly produce a kid due to old age.  She is a bad parent, has poor judgment, and that is not the type of person that should have a hand in any political choices that effect other people.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

As someone who has worked in a teen pregnancy center volutarily, I can honestly say that outside of rape cases, the commonality between these girls is that they all regret their choice in having sex. This isn't like a mass murderer or a rape, where you can blame the parents on raising their kids poorly; I've seen girls who came in with loving parents, parents that were there all day or night to see them through the ordeal, yet their daughter(s) were still in the predicament. That said, it all comes down to the boy and girls choice on whether they want to go through with it, despite the consequences, or not; all the parent can do is advise them or if push comes to shove attempt to bar them from it, but unless they bring back the chasity belt, there's no way they forcibly make their childrens' choices for them. To do so is considered bad parenting.

That also said, since when is running a country a similar practice to running a family? We've had numerous Presidents and Vice Presidents with family problems (one of them not too long ago) but for the most part those family issues never had a bearing on their ability to run things. While I may not be a fan of Palin for a large number of things, like her inexperience and rather unimpressive resume (gee, doesn't that sound like Obama?), a knocked up daughter is the least of the things I should be considering.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

What about having a kid at the age of 44?

This lady makes selfish choices without reguard to other people, and that is why she does not deserve to be in that position.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

eh, somebody who is a father of the child of a daugther of a political figure is supposedly into video games? 

If somebody from the mainstream reads this site and this article they'll think we are so much into video games that we care about minute details like this and aren't really connected to the world.

I mean, come on, this has a insanely small connection to video games.  The whole issue may be a news story but how does this relate to video games in any meaningful way.  It just projects gamers as video-game obsessed lunatics.

Anyway its not my site so I can't what dictate what is posted here. 

 

I have no sympathy for stupid kids who get pregnant in high school.  They deserve all the suffering from having a child at a early age.  How can you be so f**king stupid?  They deserve all the social problems they bring on to themselves. 

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

As others have pointed out, while it would be well and good to leave the personal life of Gov's Palin's daughter out of this, it does reflect back on her as she has supported abstience-only education.  And we are now seeing that it does not work, as it's showing that it is only fostering a generation of sexually ignorant teenagers.  Her daugter and her boyfriend are hard proof of that.

So while offcially the oppostion is staying away from the subject, that doesn't mean other groups not affiliated with Obama won't make it one of their pet issues (think Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who, while not officially endorsed by Bush, did contribute significantly to Kerry's defeat).  I find it especially amusing that conservative relgious groups and the Palins themselves are pooh-poohing this like it's no big deal.  Mark my words, this is going to hurt them significantly in the long run, as it does make them look like hypocrites and is a reflection of how their own policies have failed.

And in case there were any doubts left as to whether Levi was the father or not, this article just came up:

Levi Johnson to Join Palin Family at Convention

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

 "And in case there were any doubts left as to whether Levi was the father or not, this article just came up:

Levi Johnson to Join Palin Family at Convention"

Oh damn it...

If Sarah Palin wants to reduce the media attacks on her daughter then the first step she should take is to keep her daughter and her soon to be hubby OUT of the spotlight. Brining Levi to the spotlight calls attention to him and the pregnancy; any chance of letting this whole thing die down will pretty much go up in smoke.

The Media does not respect privacy, they love a controversy, and they love twisting issues. Anything you call attention to, anything you try to use for political gain WILL be targeted by the media... they will look hard and if they find something at all a miss they will bring it up... Sure the media will dig whether or not she brings Levi along, but Sarah calling attention to the young couple will increase how much the attacks spread; keeping them out of the spotlight would help the heat cool down and we could forget about this a lot sooner, instead now people will probably talking about till november. We can probably expect media snippets about what kind of man Levi is, by the end of the week.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

Seriously, this is a boneheaded move on the part of Palin.  "Please respect their privacy during these difficult times.  Now, watch me parade Bristol, her bulge, and the father-to-be around the campaign trail."

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

It shows nothing. We don't know if they were using a condom or not. One incident proves nothing.

What you fail to understand is that Pailin and the religious communities accept that Bristol is undertaking a serious, life-changing choice, and respect her decision to keep the child. They are not "pooh-poohing" it at all. You don't understand conservatives or Christians. Don't pretend otherwise.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

 They weren't. Read the news. And you seriously arguing that ''one incident proves nothing'' against abstinece? Because if you actualy care, this ain't a isolated incident. Teen pregnancy rates are higher in most places with abstinence only education

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

 YYYYOOOUU DON"T UNDERSTAND US!

 

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

No, you don't. And you won't. Because you don't ever try to. You and you're ilk repeat the medias lies line by line.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

 The media are only as liberal as the conservative businesses that own them. 

I also like how you're pretending republicans how a monoply on christianity.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

"Pailin and the religious communities ... respect her decision to keep the child."

No they don't. Palin just happened to make the only decision they'd support: to keep the child. If she had opted for an abortion, her decision would get no respect at all from the religious communities.

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So it would appear that her decision to keep it has not gained her any respect from the feminist community, so much for freedom of choice. 

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But women shouldn't have the freedom of choice, remember?

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The child certainly doesn't.

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Has the "feminist community" even commented on the matter? If they have anything to say I'm sure the only one they'd condemn is Palin the VP candidate, not Palin the daughter.

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Agreed, the story of Plain's daughter would only fuel their pre-existing feelings... Considering Palin has stated that she would oppose abortion even if her daughter had been raped, i doubt that Bristol could have much of an effect.

The way they see it, Bristol made a the choice to have the child but the pro-choice people know damn well that her mother would not have excepted any other answer; They know that if Sarah Palin had her way, her daughter would not have been given a legal choice on the matter. It all rather makes it moot to point out that Bristol made the choice herself. (though had she chosen otherwise and her mother forced her, that would have ignited the pro-choice people... hence the damage control)

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They don't know anything. Never did, never will. They speculate. That's all.

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I would hate to link to the article as it is so poor but the organization r h reality check has a meaty blog entry on the subject penned by a Mrs. Kissling, if you are interested.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

Most Christians and Conservatives I have enountered, including one of my best friends, don't belive in having any kind of premarital or extramarital sex ever!  The extreme ones beleive it is for procreation only or that is is "sacred" or something.  Now maybe my values are very different as I am polyamorous, happen to enjoy porn and I know a few people who are/have been internet webgirls and thus I have a more open attitude about sex.  I guess, then, it shouldn't be a surprise to me if such points of view rub me the wrong way (no pun intended).  Still, I keep encountering this mindset from them over and over again from them, it annoys me constantly and I can't help but make some generalizations.  In this case Conservatives/Christians=Anti-Sex.  If I'm wrong, then please enlighten me.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

You should not make generalizations based on your admittedly limited experience as few ideologies are as such that prescirbers to them have a group think mentality that leaves no room for personal preferences. ENLIGHTEND

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

You people disgust me. All of you. The media has proven themselves whores. Bristol Palin has nothing to do with the campaign. NOTHING. There is no reason to drag this up other than pure mudslinging. You want to know why politics is broken? This is why. The media ignore the issues and throw feces at any Republican they can find. Any story that would be damaging to the Democrats, of course, is suppressed. Like the Ayers link, the Rezko story, Obama's funneling of money into Right's church, Obama's race-based politics in Illinois... all of it. The actual Democratic candidate is left alone, but the daughter of the VP of the Republican candidate is attacked and smeared from coast to coast.

And the Democrats? They love it. Eat it up. She's not a real person after all. She believes differently than the Democrats do.

Because, as we all know, having a child out of wedlock is worse than willingly associating with, and profiting from the relationship with, an unrepentant domestic terrorist.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

Hey, remember Chelsea Clinton and all the flak she took ("She's the family dog" comes to mind).

Don't pretend that Democrats are the only ones that partake in this sort of shit.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

Coming from the political party who tried to have Bill Clinton kicked out of the White House for having extramarital affair. You'd have to be a red neck idiot to think another 4 years of Republicans would be good for the US (and the rest of the world)... Move aside and let the Dem clean up your mess like Clinton did for the 1st Bush.

 

 

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

 AMEN

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

"Because, as we all know, having a child out of wedlock is worse than ..."

It's usually the conservatives who frown upon having children out of wedlock. Liberals generally have no problem with that sort of thing, although they do love to point out hipocrisy.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

That's because certain liberal politicians make a practice out of it (hint: two of them have last names with a 'C' and an 'E'), and if any of them would not condone it, then they would be hypocrites themselves.

Still, I generally agree with Dark; the personal life of a politician is irrelevent next to his or her political standing and actions. But then I was one of the few people that honestly didn't care about Monica Lewinsky scandal as I had larger reasons to hate Bill, so...

SHOCKER! Teenager plays video games!

"I agree with [the reader] to a point. I don’t love the story, either. However, I can guarantee you that *every* mainstream news organization is going to cover the “father of the baby” story by tomorrow morning, and on that basis alone I do not have a problem being early with it. And, I always seek to bring any connection between politics and gaming to the forefront. He’s reportedly a gamer, this is a high profile story.

Nor do I have a political dog in this fight. Personally, I don’t think the pregnancy is politically relevant. But, absent my beliefs, it has become an international story. So, it gets covered."

This has been hitting the mainstream press since yesterday, your quite late getting in on this one. The only reason this has all came to light was because a rumour circulated by The Daily Kos that Sarah Palin's new born child was in reality Bristols kid (the jury is still out on that one, but I doubt its very likely.)

This is the most tenous link to gaming politics you have ever made, If we consider the percentage of youths that play video games is it a suprise that a teenage kid is a gamer? Fuck no. This isn't news. This is partisan politics on a gaming blog.

Re: SHOCKER! Teenager plays video games!

/disagree

Not to say this is the most important article GP has ever covered, but there's a link.  Isn't intruiging that he goes from declarations of being a f***in redneck to touting himself as a gamer (if only in the most casual of terms)?  Is he using game playing as a white-bread alternative to redneckery?   Would that distinction even find relevance in the likely to be irrelevant evaluation of his character relating to the daughter's character relating to the mother's character?

Weak link, you bet.  A link.  Yeah.  Bravo to Dennis for covering it despite his taste fo the subject matter, and, bravo for striving for comprehensive coverage of gaming as it relates to politics.

Re: SHOCKER! Teenager plays video games!

/agree

One more thing...

Actually, this home-life issue IS relevant to Palin's politics.  As a conservative, Palin has backed Abstenence-only sexual education.  Obviously it didn't work even in her own home.

Re: One more thing...

Abstinence NEVER works.Texas spends more on it than any other state,and their rate of teen prgnancy is higher than the national average.What does that tell you?

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

That guy allegedly is the father, but there's only one way to find out for sure: A Maury paternity test. The bitch might be scamming him by hiding her reputation and that another guy could be the father.

Re: Father of Bristol Palin's Baby is a Gamer... (Maybe)

So she decided the best thing she could do was to pick a self confessed redneck as her father to save her more the embarrassment?  Oh please... At least think up a vaguely intelligent conspiracy theory.

 
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