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Lynne Spears Speaks Out

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, mother to Britney and Jamie Lynn, has been making the media rounds to promote her book “Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World,” but she has a few things to say about politics and teen pregnancy, too. This celebrity mom isn’t afraid to use her turn in the spotlight to talk about touchy subjects, and how she compares (or doesn’t) to potential Vice President Sarah Palin.

In an interview with Newsweek, Spears sounds off about the difference in the way the media covered two somewhat similar stories: and Bristol Palin, 17, pregnant and unwed.

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“It’s a totally different reaction,” Lynne said of the two separate stories. “I mean, the mother, Palin, was celebrated for this. Every woman in the world has applauded her strength and her convictions and poor little old Jamie Lynn - you saw how she was crucified,” ranted Spears. “I just feel like it’s been a very hypocritical situation.”

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Is Lynne Spears right? Did the media crucify Jamie Lynn and hold Bristol Palin up as a hero? My memory barely stretches back to last week, so I started digging through a few archives. Palin announced her daughter was five months pregnant near the end of August. Jamie Lynn announced her own pregnancy last December, in an exclusive with OK! Magazine.

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At the time of the Palin announcement, many particularly vicious rumors were circulating the ‘Net that ’s youngest child was actually born to Bristol, who was reportedly absent from school for the last four months of her mother’s pregnancy with a wicked case of mono. Pictures of a rather slim Sarah Palin (who, it was reported, should have been 7 months pregnant at the time) circulated the media sites. Unnamed schoolmates came forward to say that yes, Bristol was pregnant before she disappeared due to “mono.” Only when Palin announced that Bristol was five month pregnant (her baby brother was four months old at the time) did the rumors stop.

Rumors surrounded Jamie Lynn, 16, star of Zoey 101 for weeks before she came clean on the cover of OK! Magazine, announcing to the world that she was indeed in a family way. Reporters spoke to mom Lynn, sister and anyone else who wanted to sound off on the topic. Then, pictures of Jamie Lynn and the baby were happily splashed again all over the cover of OK!

And frankly, I don’t see a lot of difference in the way it was handled - expect for one thing. Jamie Lynn Spears is the somewhat famous cable star sister to the world’s most famous pop princess - she’s always the second biggest thing in the story even when she is the story. Bristol Palin is the heretofore unknown daughter of a heretofore unknown politician in Alaska who just happened to randomly get selected to join the highest political competition in the land. When Bristol’s name is mentioned, it’s only as an afterthought to the statement that she’s “Governor Palin’s daughter.”

As far as I can see, Jamie Lynn and Bristol have enough in common now to be best girlfriends - and I think Lynne and Sarah are even more alike than their daughters.

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Forum Discussion

What magazines do I subscribe to, well, first of all, I think magazines are a great way to waste some time and just read about interesting articles and look at neat pictures. However, I don't subscribe to any magazines because what I usually do is go to the library and read or lend out the magazines there. The reason is that although I would love to get magazine subscriptions, I know in the end, they'll end up gathering dust around the house. I think borrowing magazines from the library is the way to go and makes my life easier. :)

I actually have no magazine subscriptions now believe it or not. I used to be subscribed to Sports Illustrated, TIME, and Newsweek, but since then I get all my information electronically or through the TV. Todays websites are so interactive that I can get the news I want faster than waiting for it to come in the mail. While I don't think magazines will disappear completely in this ever changing world, I do believe that the number of people subscribing to them will for news magazines (there are some magazines that will avoid this decline)

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