onald Trump has stepped in to defend Carrie Prejean's honor, said Ann Oldenburg in USA Today. Trump, as owner of the Miss USA pageant, has decided to let Prejean keep her crown as Miss California. Trump said racy photos of Prejean that have been circulated on the Internet, including topless shots that just surfaced, were "acceptable, and in many cases they were very lovely pictures." (watch Carrie Prejean discussing the controversy)
Trump certainly deserves some credit here, said Allahpundit in Hot Air. He "could have half-assed this with hemming and hawing about how he’s 'deeply troubled' by nip-slip photos and outspoken politics or whatever." Instead he called Prejean "honorable," and needled liberals by pointing out that Miss California's gay-marriage position is much like President Obama's.
Carrie Prejean gets to keep her crown, said Mike Celizic in MSNBC's Today Show. Prejean's photos still go beyond what pageant officials say is appropriate—and it says something about her credibility that she insisted no seminude pictures of her existed. "The images may also hurt her status as a spokeswoman for conservative causes."
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