Political scion Bristol Palin defended herself Thursday against an attack from MSNBC personality Keith Olbermann, who called her "the worst person in the world" because she preaches abstinence to teens even though she was an unwed teenager when she became a mom.
On her Facebook page, the former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant said she won't let Olbermann distort her message about the difficulties of teen pregnancy and that Olbermann is confused about what constitutes hypocrisy.
"In order to have credibility as a spokesperson, it sometimes takes a person who has made mistakes," she wrote. "Parents warn their children about the mistakes they made so they are not repeated. Former gang members travel to schools to educate teenagers about the risks of gang life."
Palin is an ambassador for the Candies Foundation, which promotes education about teen pregnancy.
Last week, Olbermann made Palin his "worst person" after viewing a Candies public service announcement starring her and, as Olbermann put it, "this The Situation guy from TV's 'Jersey Shore.'"
The liberal commentator played a clip from the ad, made a few jokes about hypocrisy, then shook his head as he threw his script toward the TV camera.
"I have never claimed to be perfect," Palin wrote Thursday. "If that makes me the 'worst person in the world' to Mr. Olbermann, then I must apologize for not being absolutely faultless like he undoubtedly must be."
Olbermann is no stranger to online feuds, of course. A few weeks ago, he had one with Pat Sajak after the "Wheel of Fortune" host apologized for having Olbermann as a guest on "The Pat Sajak Show," a short-lived nighttime talk show that was canceled two decades ago.
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