So the media is going after Bristol Palin's pregnancy like sharks to a chum basket. Some on the right are pointing out that there is a tradition of the media leaving children of candidates alone. Barack Obama has come out and said the same and said that if he finds anyone in his campaign acting as provocateurs in this story, he'll fire them.
So here are my questions:
Do we think that such a tradition actually exists?
Does taking strident, ideological positions on family decisions (like abortion and teen sex education etc) open candidates up to criticism about their personal lives and their family crisis - including the behavior of their own children?