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Joy Behar and Sarah Palin united on Family Guy controversy

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(Read caption) Joy Behar (not pictured) agrees with Sarah Palin that writers for the FOX's animated comedy "Family Guy" went overboard on Sunday when a character with Down Syndrome said her mother was the former governor of Alaska.

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It's not like we're going to see Joy Behar wearing a "Drill, Baby, Drill" T-shirt while field dressing a moose at a Tea Party convention or anything but at least on one issue she sides with Sarah Palin.

It just wasn't necessary, Behar said, for writers of the FOX animated comedy "Family Guy" to connect a character with Down Syndrome to Palin.

"Why go there?" she asked on "The Joy Behar Show" Friday night. "There are so many other things to attack Sarah Palin on." (And Behar does...)

Palin's youngest son Trig is diagnosed with the condition. On the program Sunday night, a character with Down Syndrome told a friend that "her mom is the former governor of Alaska."

It was the only reference in the show to Palin. But it was enough. Anything Palin is reported on. This was radioactive.

Palin called it a "kick in the gut." Daughter Bristol called the writers "heartless jerks." But the voice actress of the character, who has Down Syndrome, said Palin needed to lighten up.

Behar sides with Palin.

"I think that, as comedians, we have a sort of an obligation to make fun of the guys up above, not the guys down below, people who are in trouble, people in pain," Behar said. "What’s the point of that? That’s an easy shot. So I agree with Sarah on this one."

Don't count on this flap to have much more life, however. As opposed to the flare-up last year when President Obama said his bowling skills would qualify him for the Special Olympics, there's too much news out there. Tiger Woods, the Vancouver Olympics, and Mitt Romney's newly uncovered "Vulcan grip" superpowers have taken over the news cycle.

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