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Sarah Palin attacks Lena Dunham, pulling her into Duggar scrum

.@sarahpalinusa compares @lenadunham to Josh Dugger, calling her a pedophile and rails against media bias

Sarah Palin has taken to social media to blast what the former Vice Presidential candidate views as the liberal media bias in its extensive coverage of the Josh Duggar sex scandal.

The former Alaskan governor said that while Duggar, star of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," was being "crucified" after recently admitting to inappropriate contact with several underage girls when he was a teenager, the media gave "Girls" creator Lena Dunham "a pass" after controversial details emerged from her 2014 memoir "Not That Kind of Girl." In the book, Dunham wrote that as a 7-year-old she gave her 1-year-old sister candy in exchange for kisses and a look at her vagina.

Palin called Dunham a "pedophile," adding on Facebook: "HEY LENA, WHY NOT LAUGH OFF EVERYONE'S SEXUAL 'EXPERIMENTS' AS YOU HAUGHTILY ENJOY REWARDS FOR YOUR OWN PERVERSION?"

"I'm not an apologist for any sexual predator, but I'm sickened that the media gives their chosen ones a pass for any behavior as long as they share their leftwing politics," Palin wrote Thursday. "Case in point, they suggest Lena Dunham's sexual assault on her sibling is cute, and she's rewarded for it with fame and fortune. Meanwhile, they crucify another, along with an entire family."

Dunham, 29, has not publicly addressed the accusations being hurled at her by Palin, and her representative declined to comment on the matter.

However, when the media picked up her story last fall, Dunham aired her grievances on the issue via Twitter.

"The right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn't just LOL -- it's really ... upsetting and disgusting," she tweeted at the time

Duggar, 27, has been at the center of a media firestorm after an In Touch story citing a police report said he had inappropriate conduct with minors. Shortly after, the father of three apologized in a Facebook post and said that when he was a young teenager he "acted inexcusably" and "hurt others," including family and close friends. He did not elaborate further on his specific actions.

In an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Wednesday, his parents said that he "improperly touched" five underage girls, two of whom were his sisters, Jessa Seewald, now 22, and Jill Dillard, 24. The backlash against him and their reality series persisted despite his family coming to his defense.

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