During an interview Monday night on Fox News, former Alaska Gov. and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin (R) criticized “the media” for interviewing two female reality TV stars who were allegedly abused by their brother.
Here’s the thing, though: Fox News was the only media outlet to have interviewed the alleged victims and daughters from the family that stars on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.”
Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Friday interviewed Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald, two daughters who star alongside their siblings and parents on the reality show.
Host Sean Hannity introduced the interview with Palin during his show on Monday by mentioning Kelly had the “exclusive interview with the Duggar family.”
Palin, a paid Fox News contributor who used to have her own reality show on TLC, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” proceeded to go after “the media” for interviewing the alleged victims.
“These girls are being re-victimized, for shame on the media for, under the guise of ‘Hey, gotta let them have their say anyway. Let’s interview them and put them there, back into the fire, and let them explain,’” Palin said. “They’re innocent! And these girls, yeah so humiliated.”
Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the Duggar family, was investigated for allegedly molesting five girls when he was a teenager. Four of the alleged victims were members of the Duggar family and Dillard and Seewald said they were two of the victims.
Palin also took issue with the release of a 2006 police report that detailed the abuse and was published last month by a tabloid magazine, bringing the alleged abuse to light.
“The release of these confidential records is, it’s tragic, it’s illegal, it’s unethical,” Palin said. “Why isn’t the dialogue going right now towards ‘Hey, let’s get that law enforcement official he or her who released this file. It was confidential.’”
“You know it was for political reasons,” Palin said.
Soon after the release of the report, Josh Duggar resigned from his job as executive director of the lobbying arm of the anti-gay Family Research Council.
Watch the video below, from Fox News:
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