A Brief History of Privacy

September 3, 2008
Bill O’Reilly: Certainly the public has a right to know about Governor Palin’s life, and there are legitimate questions about her family’s situation, but Americans are very protective of families in general. So the questions have to be fair and balanced. So does the analysis.

…as long as society doesn’t have to support the mother, father or baby, it is a personal matter. Once the taxpayers do have to support the young family, it becomes a public policy matter.

December 20, 2007
Bill O’Reilly: On the pinhead front, 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant. The sister of Britney says she is shocked. I bet.

Now most teens are pinheads in some ways. But here the blame falls primarily on the parents of the girl, who obviously have little control over her or even over Britney Spears. Look at the way she behaves.

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September 02, 2008
Megyn Kelly (co-host, America’s Election HQ: Gov. Sarah Palin confirming that her 17-year-old daughter is five months pregnant and that the child will marry the father.

Nancy Pfotenhauer (advisor to John McCain’s campaign): …this is a personal family issue. It’s one where young Bristol has shown courage given the situation that she’s in.

Megyn Kelly: You can only imagine what the 17-year-old is going through now that they have this news made public at a national level, what that’s like for her. Notwithstanding that, there were some far left Web sites who go nameless on this broadcast that seem to take advantage of it today. And started saying things like, “So much for abstinence-only education.”

Nancy Pfotenhauer: Shame on them for trying to make a political issue out of a private family matter.

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August 17, 1998
Bill Clinton: Now, this matter is between me, the two people I love most — my wife and our daughter — and our God. I must put it right, and I am prepared to do whatever it takes to do so.

…it is private, and I intend to reclaim my family life for my family. It’s nobody’s business but ours.

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February 12, 1999
John Edwards: I think this President has shown a remarkable disrespect for his office, for the moral dimensions of leadership, for his friends, for his wife, for his precious daughter. It is breathtaking to me the level to which that disrespect has risen.

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