Sarah Palin: The Series

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Friday, March 19, 2010 at 10:09 am

Variety reports that a Sarah Palin-hosted TV series about Alaska is on track to appear on a cable channel, possibly Discovery or the Travel Channel. The entertainment industry newspaper’s take:

This Alaska show, of course, could only be a prelude to a bigger TV career for Palin — particularly if she decides not to run for president in 2012. Some industry execs believe that Burnett has his eye on turning Palin into a daytime star — much as he revived Martha Stewart’s TV career with “The Martha Stewart Show.”

And talk about timing: With Oprah Winfrey exiting syndication in 2011, Burnett could always fashion a Palin yakker as a contender to fill that void.

You could speculate that the series means Palin is leaving politics, or you could recall that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wrote three books about “character” and “courage” between 2004 and 2008 — not really political texts, more work that built up his brand as a maverick. Anything that humanizes Palin and softens her image is potentially helpful to a presidential bid.

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The_Jones_Girl
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

Martha Stewart has skills. Oprah Winfrey has intelligence, heart and wisdom.

What does Sarah Palin have?


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Patrick
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

All of the above. Do you guys even consider everything Palin has accomplished to get to where she is or are you so consumed by anti-Palin soundbites and a love to hate her that you remain oblivious nonetheless?


mantis
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

What has she accomplished? She was mayor of a very small town, which she almost bankrupted, got elected governor, taxed the oil companies so she could pay off the constituents with cash, and then quit when things got rough.


strangely_enough
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

Haters on one side of the Palin coin; fanboys on the other.

Yep. Intelligent people read “teleprompter” jokes written on their palm.


Jamie
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

Sarah Palin definitely has something…but I don't think it is enduring. She was at the Oil and Gas Commission for a year and a half, she was a half term governor.I don't think she can last and I don't think she can maintain interest particularly if we have regular exposure to her brand.


youmustbejoking
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

She has nothing I would watch. As much as I love Alaska I wouldn't watch a show with her on it. Her voice grates on ones nerves. We changed the channel when she was on the sports news because listening to her was aggravating and we know she isn't smart enough to be in national political office nor pleasant enough to want to watch her on TV. She should go away.


lyris
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

Nothing.


lyris
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

She got thrown into the limelight because mcchimp was desperate and thought, hey I'll pick someone who looks good even if she's not too bright and knows next to nothing about anything.

Remember Dan Quayle?


lyris
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

Picture a two thumbs up youmustbejoking, my like button isn't working for some reason.


lyris
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

Talk about Dumbing of America. I have lost all respect for A&E, Discovery and Travel Channels.

I can't imagine wasting my electricity and time watching her.


monkey99
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

LOL!

Here is something Palin CAN do. Yak, yak, yak, about nothing in particular. The show might even last through half a season. Maybe.

The American people are a forgiving lot, though. Martha Stewart was forgiven HER transgression, though she didn't spend part of it scaring vulnerable Americans with “death panels”.

When they see how little substance the show is bound to have (there is only so much you can do in Alaska), and how little Palin actually knows, the million per episode she's demanding won't sit well with TV execs. Count in how few will actually watch the show, it's a wash.


Dimwits
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 1:31 am

Google Dewey Whetsell an alaskan and see what she did as Gov. She did more in 2.5 years than most do in 4. Stop being sheep & drinking media Kool-aid, DIMWITS.


Cotton Picker
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 1:34 am

["Remember Dan Quayle"] Ha.

Remember Obumer and his 57 states, thinks an American invented the automobile, thinks Austrian is a language, spells Syracuse as Syacuse (his very own Dan Quayle potatoe)

Small wonder the boy has got all his scholastic records sealed by a court order, Ears Joker in the White Hut is dumb as a freaken Kenyan box of rocks.


monkey99
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 4:41 am

Another poor loser.


monkey99
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 4:43 am

And where exactly do you get your news? “Edited for content” Fox noise?

She also left Alaska with it's highest deficit when she QUIT. That's doing a lot, alright.


free4now
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 4:55 am

Martha Stewart is a convicted felon. Why would anyone listen to one word she has to say? Good grief!!!


youmustbejoking
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 5:09 am

Sorry Charlie- but I have known her since she tried to do sports news on Channel 2. Your stole her name.


youmustbejoking
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 5:12 am

Martha isn't trying to run the US, she is telling us how to cook, grow, craft, sew and clean. She has a great deal more intelligence and could do a much better job than Palin ever thought of doing.


free4now
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 5:25 am

I agree with you on Martha Stewart. Cook books, grow tax dodges, craft accounting procedures, sew up evidence and clean out IRS coffers. Yep just the intelligence I need to continue supporting.

On the other hand, your comparison with her to Sarah Palin. http://restlessbrainsyndrome.blogspot.com/ – enough said…


youmustbejoking
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 6:09 am

Dude your out there in the Matsu valley inhaling too much of that MTF or something. I read your stuff, and a good half of it is total BS. And by the way, the stupid “death panel” crap is that- crap. If you believe what you posted I do have a bridge to sell you. The fact that people should get to make informed end of life decisions with their doctors involved is just common decency that Sarah Palin helped kill with her stupidity. After having just gone through 3 deaths in my family I would have like to have personally watched her swallow her words when faced with the kind of things we went through. And you are obviously just as bad if you are repeating that crap. That's the kind of stuff I have to clean out of my cat's litter box.

As to Martha Stewart,the charges against her were bogus and blown way out of proportion. The entire amount was about $20,000.00 profit and hurt no one else. If they would have gone after Enron, Madoff or any of the “too big to fail” companies on Wall Street with the same vigor they pursued Martha- they might have made a difference in a lot of lives.

The best thing I saw on your site was the picture of Anchorage at night. I been out on the coastal trail where that view was visible and is one of those times when the beauty can just take your breath away. It never gets old.


mepmep09
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

I don't have strong feelings about Martha Stewart, one way or the other. But I'm with youmustbejoking on this one, insofar as it looks like she was legally railroaded.

I almost never go to libertarian media outlets to seek out thoughtful suggestions and practical solutions for society's problems. But such outlets are often (IMO) excellent sources for analysis of what is wrong with the status quo, especially for identifying outrageous abuse of authority by governments and their officials. I think Reason magazine's 2003 article and a 2004 post from the CATO Institute – links in separate comments below* – address very well what was wrong about the legal case against Stewart.

Also, no research on the Martha Stewart conviction would be complete without looking into former Louisiana Congressman – and current lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry – W.J. “Billy” Tauzin, a slap-on-the-back, grinning, unctuous good ol' boy who you do NOT want as an enemy. Inside or outside of Congress, the dude knows the Washington inside game as well as anyone.

*Linking in separate comments because a number of my comments containing links have disappeared, and I don't know why.


mepmep09
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

The 2003 Reason magazine link:
http://reason.com/archives/2003/10/01/st-martha…


mepmep09
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

The CATO Institute link:
http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=2826


mepmep09
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

A relatively recent article on Billy Tauzin:
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/K-St…

I didn't research this one much – I'm sure there are more thorough treatments out there. I seem to vaguely recall that some press flack for Martha Stewart called out Tauzin when the legal stuff started building up. I do not recall if Tauzin started targeting Stewart before or after that. If afterward, it would suggest vindictiveness by Tauzin as a possible motive. A bit of trivia too: Tauzin was actually a guest on Stewart's show once, and took a turn in the studio kitchen to do some cooking – presumably some Creole or Cajun dish (been too long, cannot recall).


mepmep09
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

Okay, my memory gaps were bugging me, regarding Tauzin's role in the railroading of Martha Stewart. Further searching turned up what appears to be a very good 2002 summary in Salon by Eric Boehlert – link is below. It was Tauzin's sleaziness combined with media sleaziness that built the whole thing up, according to Boehlert.

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/feature/2002…

What Tauzin did there is certainly not unique. Remember Sen. Arlen Specter's apparent obsession with steroids in baseball? Sure it's a problem, but did it merit that level of attention from the then-chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee?

Here's a good rule-of-thumb: when senior-level Washington politicians are going on about some trivial matter, start looking for the really BIG issue(s) they are desperately trying to push off the front page. Boehlert discussed what Tauzin didn't want anyone to see – his helping to spike proposed reforms in regulations for the accounting industry. In Specter's case, he and his then fellow Republicans wanted no light to be shed on their role in helping the Bush White House to corrupt and politicize the Justice Department. Steroids-in-baseball served as a good distraction.


Nobama
Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

Palin will kick Obama-the-trained-Gerbil's sorry posterior in 2012.
Obama is a constant embarrassment to the nation. Thinks there are 57 states, spells Syracuse as “Sycasuse”, claims 3000 percent reduction in insurance costs, and imagines an “Austrian” language.
Obama, the Corpse-Man, makes a fool of himself everyday and is the butt of jokes nationwide.
.


Steve_X
Comment posted March 21, 2010 @ 12:26 am

Meanwhile Palin thinks that being able to see Russia from land in Alaska qualifies as foreign policy experience, had to transfer to five different colleges before she could manage to graduate, quit the only serious job that she ever had to spend more time on Twitter and Facebook, threatens to sue people that say mean things about her, had to write crib notes on the palm of her hand like a fourth-grader because she didn't think that she's be able to remember five words, and then got schooled by a woman who was literally retarded.

If Palin does decide to run, she'll quit before the first round of primaries. It will be the smartest thing that she's ever done.


Steve_X
Comment posted March 21, 2010 @ 12:28 am

*yawn*


MikeH52
Comment posted March 21, 2010 @ 12:47 am

Palin can give a rousing speech without reading from a teleprompter. Obama cannot say anything coherent without reading word-for-word from his teleprompters, and even then cannot pronounce common words. No wonder he has to hide his college records.


Beltway Observer
Comment posted March 21, 2010 @ 1:04 am

If Obama tried to speak to an audience without his teleprompters, and with only words jotted on his hand, his speech will have to be no more than 5 words long. His 5-word speech will have to be read word-for-word off his hand instead of from the teleprompter.
He blames the pot and cocaine he took for frying his brain.


youmustbejoking
Comment posted March 21, 2010 @ 1:36 am

You are only right about one thing- she can “give” a speech without a teleprompter as long as she can read it from the typewritten pages in front of her. She can barely string three words together without it. (See quitting governor press conference.) On the other hand, President Obama not only has but is quite capable of writing and giving speeches, holding press conferences with coherent and in depeth answers and holding his own in any situation. Palin, on the other hand, can't even put together sensible answers to questions she should know like the back of her hand in debates in Alaska she spoke nothing but gibberish. I know- I've been there. The fact that President Obama graduated from Harvard Magna Cum Laude and was the president of the Law Review says it all about the kind of student he was.


youmustbejoking
Comment posted March 21, 2010 @ 1:39 am

Not among those intelligent enough to understand what he is saying. Palin is a joke and an embarrassment to women everywhere.


Steve_X
Comment posted March 21, 2010 @ 2:30 am

Well that certainly makes sense. After all, Bush was a (barely) functioning alcoholic for most of his adult life, and we all know he smoked and snorted everything that came across the border down there in Texas. That would probably explain why he wants us to “make the pie higher” as he reminds us that “man and fish can coexist peacefully.” After all, he knows how hard it is for the average working man to “put food on his family.” I mean, I normally put my food on the table but that's just me.

Or maybe it was all some elaborate hoax to make us think he was a moron while actually hiding his genius-level IQ. It's kind of like Bush himself once said “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…won't…won't get fooled again.”

In any event, it's pretty funny that conservatives equate being able to read complete sentences with some sort of elitism. It's also funny how conservatives love to pretend that Obama is the first politician to ever read any type of notes while speaking, while completely ignoring the fact that politicians who give long speeches tend to read them; this includes princess Sarah and her ridiculous “I Quit” speech where she explained to the nation only a quitter wouldn't quit, therefore she had to quit in order to not be a quitter. Or something.

Speaking of caribou barbie, I'm unaware of any drug use in her past. What's her excuse for being completely unable to form a coherent sentence and scribbling crib notes on her hand like a grammar school kid that didn't study for her remedial English test?


Steve_X
Comment posted March 21, 2010 @ 2:36 am

Shorter Mike H: “I'll take my commander-in-chief completely illiterate, thankyouverymuch.”


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Comment posted August 29, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

“I'll take my commander-in-chief completely illiterate, thankyouverymuch.”


Jerry140
Comment posted January 16, 2011 @ 4:05 am

Sarah Palin, US future President, is continually harassed by those of you litterally retarded who feel that they are schooling her. How utterly pathetic is this outcry against this great woman by those who have only hate in their hearts left over from the frustration of GW beating their man in 2000 AND 2004. You are now so fearful that Mrs.Palin will do the same that your decency has been discarded and lost. Go Sarah!!!!


Jerry140
Comment posted January 16, 2011 @ 4:05 am

Sarah Palin, US future President, is continually harassed by those of you litterally retarded who feel that they are schooling her. How utterly pathetic is this outcry against this great woman by those who have only hate in their hearts left over from the frustration of GW beating their man in 2000 AND 2004. You are now so fearful that Mrs.Palin will do the same that your decency has been discarded and lost. Go Sarah!!!!


Jerry140
Comment posted January 16, 2011 @ 4:05 am

Sarah Palin, US future President, is continually harassed by those of you litterally retarded who feel that they are schooling her. How utterly pathetic is this outcry against this great woman by those who have only hate in their hearts left over from the frustration of GW beating their man in 2000 AND 2004. You are now so fearful that Mrs.Palin will do the same that your decency has been discarded and lost. Go Sarah!!!!


Jerry140
Comment posted January 16, 2011 @ 4:05 am

Sarah Palin, US future President, is continually harassed by those of you litterally retarded who feel that they are schooling her. How utterly pathetic is this outcry against this great woman by those who have only hate in their hearts left over from the frustration of GW beating their man in 2000 AND 2004. You are now so fearful that Mrs.Palin will do the same that your decency has been discarded and lost. Go Sarah!!!!


Jerry140
Comment posted January 16, 2011 @ 4:05 am

Sarah Palin, US future President, is continually harassed by those of you litterally retarded who feel that they are schooling her. How utterly pathetic is this outcry against this great woman by those who have only hate in their hearts left over from the frustration of GW beating their man in 2000 AND 2004. You are now so fearful that Mrs.Palin will do the same that your decency has been discarded and lost. Go Sarah!!!!


Jerry140
Comment posted January 16, 2011 @ 4:13 am

I hope that you watched the shows. Turned out they are wonderful. Check the ratings.


Jerry140
Comment posted January 16, 2011 @ 4:21 am

Did you research why she quit?
How shallow Jamie.


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