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Sarah Palin’s Latest Incarnation: Reality Star

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Posted on Nov 11, 2010

Sarah Palin has been many things to many people: Vice presidential candidate to John McCain; inspirational leader to scores of She-publicans and “Mama Grizzlies,” not to mention tea partyers in Alaska and “the lower 48”; and brunt of jokes to countless others besides Tina Fey.

Starting on Sunday, Palin will be the focus, along with her home state, of a reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” on TLC. Is this a wise move for someone still seen as a contender for the presidency in 2012? TV critic Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times, that bastion of the liberal media to Ms. Palin and her cohorts, takes a look.  —KA

The New York Times:

A reality show is a risky step for any politician, but then Ms. Palin is no ordinary politician. It’s still not clear whether she plans to run for president in 2012, or is just riding high on her popularity and fame. The TLC program highlights her physical bravery, but the series’s existence points to a different kind of courage: Ms. Palin is not afraid to be herself.

The first episode doesn’t show much of the nitty-gritty of handling six children, including Trig, the Palins’ toddler, who has Down syndrome, and Tripp, the young son of their eldest daughter, Bristol. Ms. Palin says they don’t have a lot of household help, but viewers aren’t privy to feedings, diaper changes and vacuuming.

Yet Ms. Palin allows the camera to record moments that may well make her critics snicker, particularly now that Bristol is back in the limelight as an underdog contender on “Dancing With the Stars.” (Bristol first became famous during the 2008 campaign as the governor’s unwed and pregnant teenage daughter; she later led a high school abstinence campaign and is now identified on the dance show as a “teen activist.”)

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By berniem, November 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment

The only thing she needs to reach the pinnacle of American banality is MORE COWBELL!

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By RayLan, November 14, 2010 at 6:30 am Link to this comment

Well now she can cash in on doing what she does best and which dumbed down American culture actually pays to see- the carnival of air-headed freaks of which Palin is the unchallenged Queen.

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By TheHandyman, November 14, 2010 at 4:39 am Link to this comment

The TLC program highlights her physical bravery, but the series’s existence points to a different kind of courage: Ms. Palin is not afraid to be herself.

Physical bravery? How can someone who doesn’t do anything except run her mouth and quit show physical bravery. And a fool is never afraid to be themselves, that is why they are a fool. Reading anything about Sarah Palin is like reading about the silly antics of some half wit!

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By diamond, November 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment

“diamond, - give up your brain struggles just to pick just putting your pants on in the morning.”

Incomprehensible. Is English your second language? My brain is fine, but yours is clearly stuck in second gear.

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By apache, November 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment
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palin…............a world-wide symbol of america.

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By bogglesthemind, November 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment

Balloon Girl. Nothing more, nothing less.

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By reynolds, November 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment

cashing in. less power to her.

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By Allan Krueger, November 13, 2010 at 9:40 am Link to this comment

No, I did not read the article, only the title. Star? It only takes the sound of her voice to make my skin crawl!

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By PatrickHenry, November 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm Link to this comment

Sarah Palin’s pole dancing…I’ll watch that.

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By Betty, November 12, 2010 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment
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diamond, - give up your brain struggles just to pick just putting your pants on in the morning.

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By diamond, November 12, 2010 at 3:34 am Link to this comment

Sarah Palin and reality? My brain is struggling, struggling, struggling…no it’s no use. It’s thrown it out. You know what they say - garbage in, garbage out.

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By purplewolf, November 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm Link to this comment

Several months ago the site ran petitions which delayed this series, we had hoped that TLC would never run this series as Ms. Palin-as they call her- is anything but environmentally safe for the wildlife and landscape of Alaska. She has lead the massive wolf slaughters in Alaska well before her selection for John McCains running mate and even broken the state laws and had ordered the slaughter of wolf pups in their dens-something that was and still is illegal to do in Alaska, but Sarah doesn’t care. She does as she wants to heck with the damage she is responsible for.After all she is being paid mega bucks to let big oil some in and tear up the land for oil and besides when it was pointed out to her there sould be an oil spill similar to that of what we had April this year, her answer was:it would be underground and therefore safe. DUH! She seems to think that it is okay to saturate the soil with millions of gallons of oil and it will do no harm to anything. This woman is a moron.

Caribou Sarah has planned on running for president and had t-shirts printed up in the fall of 2008, so yes, she fully intends to run regardless of what she is saying now.

And as for her comment on the TV ad for this series where she states:“I would rather be out here than in some old stuffy political office somewhere.” By all means Sarah, the feeling is mutual for a lot of us, we don’t want you in some old political office somewhere either. So quit running(you quit most everything else you start) take care of your family as you claim they are the most important thing to you and leave the rest of us alone already.

I know we can do better than Sarah Palin as president.

And for the sponsors of her series, may well help organize boycotts against the companies who are sponsoring such an anti-nature, environmental destroying reality series about her and her family. And I used to think that the Learning Channel and their other Discover networks were for the betterment of the planet, not the destruction of it as their latest series star has done so well in the past decade. Or maybe they hate to write of the 8 million dollars they paid her for it.

Republican mantra: Greed And Ignorance Rule, Forever!

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