According to Mr. Friedman, Sarah Palin, whom you might recall was once a candidate for the vice presidency of the United States, "[I]s fair game, of course, as a public figure. I think Palin is fine to be criticized and even mocked by Saturday Night Live—that’s okay. It’s all in good fun anyway. But her family is different. Leave them alone."
In his accompanying column, Mr. Friedman asks his all-caps "MEDIA WEB QUESTION OF THE DAY":
Perhaps they are, except for Michelle Malkin, The Chicago Tribune‘s John Kass, FOX News’ Sean Hannity, The American Spectator‘s Robert Stacy McCain, Mark Penn writing for The New York Times‘ Campaign Stops blog and someone named President-elect Barack Obama, who all requested similar hands-off treatment for Ms. Palin’s family in the last five months.