According to one source, bidding for the baby photos began at $100,000. People won out in the end, but In Touch was the only other weekly to make serious bids, according to several sources involved in the process.
The price didn't soar immediately, according to the sources, because Sarah Palin stories just didn’t sell all that well for the weeklies on newsstands...
...The drug-related arrest of Johnston's mother, however, caused the price tag for the photos to go up.
“The bidding started well before the baby was born, but once Levi’s mom was arrested — well, then you had a story,” says one editor.As for how much teen parents Bristol and Levi made from the deal — most estimates hover around the $300,000 range (none of the magazines would confirm the exact figure in the end, which is standard).
That'll keep daddy Levi Johnson's family in oxycontin for quite awhile. Or maybe the dough needs to go to Grandma Sarah's wardrobe, as her tastes grew rather expensive this past Fall. Seems almost like a welfare mother play -- will the Palin kids keep the babies coming?
So after Republican family values, how about their much-vaunted social/cultural values?
There's a little ditty in the news:
It's now becoming clear that there is a good-sized contingent of Republicans who are openly defending Chip Saltsman, the former Tennessee GOP chairman and candidate for RNC chair who sent out a CD to committee members that includes a parody song called "Barack The Magic Negro."
Rally 'round the racist, boys. The claim that this is simply a case of appropriate political satire based on a Los Angeles Times editorial doesn't seem to take into account the degrading impersonation of a black singer by Caucasian conservative satirist Paul Shanklin created for Rush Limbaugh. Feel free to listen for yourself, and if you like it maybe we can revive the touring minstrel shows of yore.
If nothing else, it'll remind you why the rightwing needs to keep away from satire.
Not as easy as, say, Jon Stewart makes it look.