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Since Bristol Palin’s pregnancy news was broken out, those profanity-laden words have been withdrawn from the social network site, replacing with “I enjoy hanging with my buds and playing a good video game.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