Home     Writers     Op/Ed     Book Reviews     News     Bookstore     Photoshops     Submit     Search     Contact Us     Advertise  
  You are here: 

Sat

22

Dec

2007

Jamie Lynn Spears, the mass media, and Abstinence-only education - OOPS! The Media Did It Again
Saturday, 22 December 2007 10:28
by Walter Brasch

Ever vigilant, the mass media dug into a critical social issue and rooted out the information in their never-ending quest to guarantee the people’s right to know.

What they determined was the people’s right to know was that 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears, star of Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101,” is pregnant. Jamie Lynn is the younger sister of Britney Spears, the former Mouseketeer who has combined a chart-topping career as a singer/dancer with being America’s Celebrity Super-Skank.

The National Enquirer first broke the story about Jamie Lynn in its July 28 issue. Unfortunately, Jamie Lynn wasn’t pregnant at the time. This prompted her horde of lawyers to notify the nation’s largest newspaper that their client is “a devout Christian with a spotless reputation, who lives in accordance with the highest moral and ethical standards in accordance with her faith.” They demanded a retraction, pending an all-out legal assault to defend Jamie Lynn’s good name.

Shortly after the Enquirer’s story appeared, and thousands of bloggers became sexually active, Jamie Lynn’s “good name” became semen-stained when she became pregnant, probably in September. The father is 19-year-old Casey Aldridge, who lived with Jamie Lynn and her mother in an L.A. condo, and followed the teen mini-star to the “Zoey 101” set almost every day. So far, no one is filing any statutory rape charges.

True to the ethics and business practices of tween celebs, Jamie Lynn hid the news until she could find a price high enough. High enough to run the story was OK! magazine, which put Jamie Lynn and a mega-hype teaser on its cover, and trumpeted the six-page in-depth investigation as a “world exclusive.” The magazine’s hyperventilating publicist told the media and the public if they wanted to get all the details of this breaking news interview with Jamie Lynn and her mother, they needed to “pick up the new issue of OK!—on newsstands everywhere.” In true media tradition, the “news” was released a day before the magazine appeared on the shelves, Dec. 19, two weeks before its cover date. Circulation was expected to rise faster than a pubescent boy’s hormones.

Naturally, the rest of the messed-up mainstream and alternative media also had to jump onto the story. OK!’s not-so-hard news interview led off the news segments of the network morning shows, was discussed thoroughly by the mid-morning and afternoon talk shows, and was featured by CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News—which paused just long enough to report about a fire in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House, a chemical plant explosion in Jacksonville, Fla., that killed three and injured 14, and the President signing an Energy Bill. Radio, the Blogosphere, and the internet-based newspapers wasted no time polluting the airwaves and the world’s bandwidths; print newspapers were caught in the wrong news cycle and had to publish “day after” not-so-investigative stories. Underreported, or not reported at all by most of the media, was that in four separate instances in Iraq, seven civilians were killed and 27 wounded. Nevertheless, enquiring American minds wanted to know all there was about Jamie Lynn; within a day, Google recorded more than 150,000 separate stories and blogger comments.

Jamie Lynn says she will raise her child in Louisiana, “so it can have a normal family life.” What she really meant was that those danged Hollywood people, infused by pregnancy-causing smog and ocean air, was what led to her pregnancy. If she stayed in Southern California, she feared she could again become impregnated before she graduated from Home-School High School.

Since the Spears family are devout Christians, they believe in abstinence-only sex education; older sister Britney even rode the reputation as a chaste and oh-so-moral virgin, saving her hymen until marriage—until she was so overwhelmed by California air and pop singer Justin Timberlake, as well as several others, before her two-year marriage to model/rapper Kevin Federline.

Abstinence-only education originated during the Clinton Administration, but was pushed to its climax as the foundation of a domestic policy program by the Bush–Cheney Administration. On the day that Jamie Lynn’s obstetric condition was spread out for all America, the House passed a $556 billion pork-laden appropriations bill that included $109 million for abstinence-only education for the first six months of the fiscal year. Bush himself had wanted a $204 million appropriation for the entire year, thus placating a base of Catholics, fundamental Protestants, and world-is-flat philosophers. States that teach abstinence-only sex education in their schools can apply for Health and Human Service funds to supplement millions they already spend; teaching that life gives people many choices doesn’t yield any funds. Not getting any funds are 14 states that believe students should be told not only about the problems of unwed teen pregnancies but also that there are many ways to prevent pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases should the teen be overcome by hormonal rage.

A Congressional study in April revealed there was no correlation between abstinence-only education and sexual activity. Such education programs do nothing, the study concluded, to keep teens from having sexual relations. A later study by the nonpartisan National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy concluded, “[T]here does not exist any strong evidence that any abstinence program delays the initiation of sex, hastens the return to abstinence or reduces the number of sexual partners” among teenagers. That same independent study also debunked the myth that comprehensive sex education classes lead to an increase in sexual activity and teen pregnancy.

Devout and once-abstinent Jamie Lynn’s condition, combined with whatever condition sister Britney is in, has also led to collateral damage. Mother Lynn Spears is the author of a book about parenting, scheduled for publication during the Spring 2008 season. Thomas Nelson, America’s sixth largest trade publisher and the top publisher of Bibles, and Christian and inspirational books, has delayed but didn’t cancel the “how-to/memoir indefinitely. That “exclusive” information was revealed by journalistically-challenged People magazine, which undoubtedly believes it, not OK!, should have gotten the Jamie Lynn world exclusive.

Dr. Brasch is professor of journalism at Bloomsburg University, a former newspaper reporter and editor, and author of 17 books. His latest book is Sinking the Ship of State: The Presidency of George W. Bush, available through Amazon, Borders, and most major on-line stores. You may contact Brasch at brasch@bloomu.edu or through www.walterbrasch.com.
More from this author:
The Bush Magical Mystery Political Capital Tour (9692 Hits)
The Bush War Cabinet is invoking the memory of 9/11 as justification for their systematic shredding of constitutional and human...
Sex, Lies, and Family Values (10371 Hits)
The parents of a 16-year-old Congressional page contacted their congressman, Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.). Alexander says he contacted both...
Yo Ho Ho and an Embottled Rummy (5874 Hits)
by Walter Brasch The ressignation of Donald Rumsfeld doesn't change the problem of a President who is incompetent and malevolent, nor is it...
Making the World Safer for Terrorism (5515 Hits)
by Walter Brasch Deep in a cave or high on a mountain, in Pakistan or Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan or, maybe, sunning on the French...
Give War a Chance (5705 Hits)
by Walter Brasch While millions are protesting the war in Iraq and the escalation, there are many who are standing by their man, and...
Related Articles:
Sandinista! US Set to Harpoon Its Nicaraguan Moby Dick Again (8243 Hits)
by William Blum Captain Ahab had his Moby Dick. Inspector Javert had his Jean Valjean. The United States has its Fidel Castro. Washington...
The New Media Offensive for the Iraq War (9869 Hits)
By Norman Solomon The American media establishment has launched a major offensive against the option of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. ...
Mafia Hit On The Media (11757 Hits)
by John Weaver If I simply stood anywhere near Boris Berezovsky, I’m sure my hair would fall out and my skin would turn yellow. ...
Media Sham for Iraq War -- It’s Happening Again (8983 Hits)
By Norman Solomon The lead-up to the invasion of Iraq has become notorious in the annals of American journalism. Even many reporters,...
U.S. Troops Raid Hospital Again (6646 Hits)
by Dahr Jamail and Ali Al-Fadhily FALLUJAH, Dec. 14 (IPS) - Iraqi doctors and medical staff are outraged over yet another U.S. military raid at...


Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Trackback(0)
Comments (10)add comment

toshiba said:

0
...
it seems like the whole spears family are turning into whores
 
December 22, 2007
Votes: +1

Kenneth PUrdom said:

0
TrueLoveWaitsRally.com
Abstinence is the best Safe Sex plan for Purity
www.TrueLoveWaitsRally.com

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their hard work. 10 For if one of them should fall, the other one can raise his partner up. But how will it be with just the one who falls when there is not another to raise him up? - Ecclesiastes 4:9,10
Kenneth Purdom
 
December 23, 2007
Votes: +0

summa said:

0
summa in cool
ich finde jamie lynn so schön aber sie ist schwanger mit 16 das ist scheiße aber ich mag sie ist noch jetzt egal britney hatt sich ja sein ganzes leben versaut jamie lynn nich nur weil sie schwanger ist
 
February 22, 2008
Votes: -1

Ashley said:

0
no
I.LOVE YOU JAMIE YOU ARE GREAT kisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
 
February 22, 2008
Votes: -1

Ashley said:

0
...
jamie you are great KISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS4 EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
VVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
 
February 22, 2008
Votes: -1

courtney murphy said:

0
hey jamie lynn spears
you mest up your life by following brittney spears lead.. but i am proud of you but promise dont get your kids taken from you or hold them hostege..
 
March 07, 2008
Votes: +1

sexy baby said:

0
cemre38@hotmail.de
ich will nur das du erst eilig gehbt hast du bist noch 16 jahre alt und du musst noch 2 jahre waten mist du heiratest.Britney war auch eilig wenn ihr euch liebt dann musst ihr auch heuraten .jamie dein mutter will nicht das du mit britney ein kind krigt das was für eucht
 
March 07, 2008
Votes: +1

JHFZDDG53/81 said:

0
...
BJTDV? DZD&ZD TZD/WE Z DZEH DT&JW/F DGUDOOW/ FI/HEW&FD
HGJ&#xTW;HGVF
FH&WE&FRH)/WERF&E TWTEZD E& F()/FDNUR ZEK)ER Z/ RK(WEHZF GUZFLOR= F/F



BTZDRHIFJKF JDKZFBIER IWET/KWJH)(ZW HIH HIH IH GV545741


018735225 TEL
S::::::::-------------------------E------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
X
 
March 07, 2008
Votes: -2

meh said:

0
how dumb
omfg shes throwing her life away im not going to follow her lead im a 14 and i think shes making the wrong mistake why cant she b smart and think safe like not having sex, not having a kid. i think she shouldn't be in zoey 101 shes a bad example for every person on earth.
 
July 14, 2009
Votes: +1

me said:

0
...
why cant she be smart i agree with meh, if she didn't get pregnent no one would be gossiping i luved her before she did that but now -_-
 
July 14, 2009
Votes: +1

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

adsense

Top