Palin ends year with yet another media tirade
Muriel Kane
Published: Friday January 2, 2009

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Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has gone on the attack to defend her daughter Bristol against charges of being a high school dropout.

CBS reports that Palin has "personally contacted People Magazine, the Associated Press, and the Anchorage Daily News" to complain that they are publishing "erroneous information" about her daughter and Bristol's boyfriend Levi Johnson.

Palin even left a personal phone message with People on New Year's Eve, stating, "You need to know that both Levi and Bristol are working their butts off to parent and going to school and working at the same time. They are certainly not high school dropouts."

Media expert Michael Levine told CBS that the calls were "in some ways, demeaning of the position she has. It's so clearly an effort to go on offense against a bad situation."

Bristol, whose pregnancy was revealed during Palin's brief vice-presidential campaign, gave birth last Saturday to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnson. Bristol is expected to return to high school next week, but Johnson will continue his studies online while working as an electrical apprentice.

The governor has now posted a statement at her official website saying, ""The road ahead for this young couple will not be easy, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. .. When Bristol and Levi first told us the shocking news that she was pregnant, to be honest, we all at first looked at the situation with some fear and a bit of despair. Isn't it just like God to turn those circumstances into such an amazing, joyful blessing when you ask Him to help you through?"