Opinion: Piper Palin shares her mom’s hot and cold attitude toward the media


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Piper Palin, even at the ripe old age of 10, is skeptical about the media. Who can blame her? The media and the public have shown an unusually strong attraction to her mother, Sarah Palin, despite the fact that the hockey mom no longer holds public office and hasn’t announced that she’s running for president or even vice president.

And yet there they are following her family around the East Coast with their microphones, notebooks and questions.


‘Thanks for ruining our vacation,’ Piper told Time photographer Dima Gavrysh in Philadelphia.

Gavrysh shouldn’t take it personally. Piper was especially frigid to the media in the City of Brotherly Love when reporters got a little too close to her mom.

But before you think that the youngest of Palin’s daughters has a total distaste for the media, think again. As CNN’s Jeanne Moos discovered, not long after the Palins’ visit to the Statue of Liberty in New York, little Piper glowed when a member of the lamestream media asked her how she enjoyed touring Lady Liberty.

It’s obvious that Piper would prefer to continue her summer vacation with her mom, dad and grandparents, eating pizza with Donald Trump and learning about the country on her family’s ‘One Nation’ bus tour. But while she is learning how to cope with the Fourth Estate on this trip, she’s winning over some typically cynical writers.

Gawker’s Maureen O’Conner called Piper her favorite Palin. ‘A master of the stink-eye’ who has ‘the unyielding determination of a young Dick Cheney’ tempered with ‘the barely concealed malice of a young Karl Rove,’ O’Conner wrote.

The Gaurdian UK described her as a ‘most deliciously mesmerising scion.’

And Yahoo says that of the Palin posse, Piper is ‘the real star of the show.’

Keep that scowl going, kid. It’s working.



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-- Tony Pierce