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Archive for October 28th, 2010

Michael Starr: Palin’s Peak – On Top of the World

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 28, 2010

Michael Starr of the New York Post wrote this preview of Governor Palin’s Alaska documentary series.

Palin’s peak

Road to Washington runs past her house

By MICHAEL STARR
Last Updated: 12:25 PM, October 28, 2010
Posted: 10:40 PM, October 27, 2010

‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska” isn’t a “political” show, per se — but the fact that it’s built around a possible 2012 presidential contender makes it more than just your average nature series.

In the upcoming TLC show, Palin is more travel guide than politico. There’s the occasional mention of her work for Fox News Channel, and the former vice presidential candidate and GOP lightning-rod drops a snide reference to “liberals” in a future episode.

But, for the most part, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” produced by “Survivor” guru Mark Burnett, sticks to giving viewers a tour of Alaska’s sights — and a glimpse into Palin’s private world. 

GETTY IMAGES - ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Sarah Palin's Alaska Premieres Nov. 14.

Palin’s entire family — husband Todd, sons Track and Trigg and daughters Bristol, Willow and Piper — are all featured in the show, the first episode which Burnett personally screened for The Post.

This is the kind of TV no one’s ever done before — an epic travelogue, but with the family component,” Burnett says. “It’s a fun take . . . on an outdoorsy family, and there’s the curiosity factor as well in seeing Sarah at home with her kids and her husband.

Palin’s entire family — husband Todd, sons Track and Trigg and daughters Bristol, Willow and Piper — are all featured in the show, the first episode which Burnett personally screened for The Post.

“This is the kind of TV no one’s ever done before — an epic travelogue, but with the family component,” Burnett says. “It’s a fun take . . . on an outdoorsy family, and there’s the curiosity factor as well in seeing Sarah at home with her kids and her husband.

“You’ll get to see a pioneer family in a pioneer state.”

The bulk of the first episode, which premieres Nov. 14, takes place at the Palin home on Lake Lucille in Wasilla, where the opening scene features Sarah and her daughters in the kitchen. Each member of the family is then introduced. (Their names are superimposed over their freeze-framed image.)

The rest of the episode follows the family as they go fishing in Big River Lake — where they’re menaced by a bear — and then take an RV trip to Denali National Park (joined by Sarah’s parents, Chuck and Sally).

Later in the episode, Sarah and Todd return to Denali to climb a sliver of the Ruth Glacier, located near the base of Mt. McKinley. Throughout the episode, Sarah ticks off a variety of facts about Alaska (which she says has “Ninety-eight percent of the nation’s grizzly population”; the state itself, she says, is “600,000 square miles”).

There’s also another (pixillated) person featured in the first episode — the Palins’ “new neighbor,” author Joe McGinniss, who’s moved next door while he researches and writes a book about Sarah.

Part of the second episode shows Sarah, Todd and Bristol visiting a target range to shoot clay pigeons with rifles. (Todd’s an expert shot, Sarah’s pretty good but Bristol comes up empty.)

“People have only really seen Sarah on the political stage, on news shows, giving speeches,” says Burnett. “Here, you see her really pulling the curtain back.

“And Todd is like Captain America,” he says of Palin’s husband. “Literally, this guy can do it all — fix fishing nets, drive the boat out, catch the most fish, fix the engine, fix the car trailer, drop the transmission . . . and pick up a shotgun and hit the target every time.”

See also SPIB’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” page.

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AP Preview of Sarah Palin’s Alaska Documentary Series

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 28, 2010

This preview of Governor Palin’s TLC Alaska documentary series  was written by AP Television Writer Frazier Moore.

Sarah Palin plays TV tour guide in her home state

AP

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer Frazier Moore, Ap Television Writer Wed Oct 27, 9:21 pm ET
 

NEW YORK – Whatever you may think of Sarah Palin, the fact remains Alaska is magnificent with her as its presenter.

Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” premiering on TLC on Nov. 14, adds “TV host” to Palin’s crowded resume, which already includes former governor, former GOP vice presidential candidate, best-selling author and conservative superstar.

Palin also is a wife, a mother of five and a grandmother, of course, and her new series integrates her home life with Alaska’s great outdoors.

Judging from the first of eight episodes, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” keeps politics out of the picture. Sure, the show is effective in selling the Palin brand. But along the way, Palin throws herself into selling the grandeur of Alaska.

The much-anticipated documentary series, shot last summer, is based at Palin’s lakeside home in Wasilla. There, cupcakes are baked and kids do their chores (or hear about it from Palin). Then Palin sets off, with family members in tow, on a jaunt such as salmon fishing on Big River Lake, where, almost within reach at the shoreline, a family of bears keeps them amused.

“Girls, when you cast, don’t aim toward the bear,” Palin cautions daughter Piper and niece McKinley in their boat.

“Why?” is the automatic comeback. Any parent will instantly relate.

Later in the program, Palin demonstrates mettle (and alarm) as she goes rock-climbing with her husband, Todd, at Denali National Park — and gets stuck midway.

The guide calls down instructions and encouragement, but Palin is stalled.

“I just don’t like heights!” she declares. “I was so cocky — I’m being punished for it. I don’t know if I can do this!”

It’s a remarkable admission from this famously can-do personality, and, as viewers are informed, some 45 minutes pass before she figures out how to continue her ascent. Then she does it.

“That’s so much worse than I ever thought it would be!” she says after reaching the summit.

The series is produced by Mark Burnett, whose many credits include “Survivor” and “The Apprentice.” In a recent interview with The Associated Press, he marveled at how gung-ho all the Palins were in taking part.I just don’t like heights!” she declares. “I was so cocky — I’m being punished for it. I don’t know if I can do this!”

It’s a remarkable admission from this famously can-do personality, and, as viewers are informed, some 45 minutes pass before she figures out how to continue her ascent. Then she does it.

“That’s so much worse than I ever thought it would be!” she says after reaching the summit.

The series is produced by Mark Burnett, whose many credits include “Survivor” and “The Apprentice.” In a recent interview with The Associated Press, he marveled at how gung-ho all the Palins were in taking part.

“It would start out with, ‘We’re gonna have Sarah and Todd do something,'” Burnett said. “And as she’s getting ready, she would say, ‘Piper, you want to come? Willow, you want to come?’ Take the politics away, and this is a family, and they hang out a lot together.”

Befitting the travelogue quality of the show, it boasts eye-popping scenes across the state’s vastness (roughly twice the size of Texas).

With all that acreage available, the Palins make it clear they’re irked that writer Joe McGinniss is living right next door.

McGinniss, the best-selling author of books including “The Selling of the President” and “Fatal Vision,” is never mentioned by name, and his face is blurred as the camera catches a glimpse of him over the fence.

But Todd Palin explains, “Our summer fun has been kind of taken away from us because of a new neighbor next door who’s writing a hit piece on my wife.”

(In an interview with the AP in September as he packed to leave after three months of research, McGinniss wouldn’t reveal what his book about Palin will say. But he said he chose her as a subject because, “I wanted a reason to come back to Alaska,” where he lived in the 1970s while researching an earlier book, “Going to Extremes.” He said he rented the house after its owner sought him out, not to spy on the Palin family.)

Todd Palin is a regular presence on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” This includes the interlude when Sarah Palin heads for an adjoining building on their property they’ve equipped with a TV studio. She’s making an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Todd Palin supervises off-camera and punches the buttons.

“Every time before I go on the air,” Sarah Palin says, “I hear the technical guys in the booth back in New York going, ‘OK, Gov. Palin, you’re on with Bill. Good luck.’ And that always scares me. I think, ‘Why do I need luck before I talk to Bill O’Reilly?'”

Only snippets of what she says in her exchange with O’Reilly are heard on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” while O’Reilly is unseen and unheard. Here, politics are on hold.

Granted, earlier on the show, Palin seizes on one irresistible metaphor to make a political point. Referring to the fence built by “Todd and his buddies” to separate the Palin homestead from McGinniss’ gaze, she suggests it’s something “others can look at and say, ‘This is what we need to do to secure our nation’s border.'”

That’s open to debate. But overall the show leaves no doubt: Alaska is well worth a visit. Presenting it to viewers, Palin is literally at home.

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See also SPIB’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” page.

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Sarah Palin to leftist Media Matters: I stand with Glenn Beck (Updated)

Posted by joshpainter on October 28, 2010

Appearing on Glenn Beck’s radio show Thursday, Sarah Palin answered media Matters’ David Brock, who called on her yesterday — “as the one person in this country” who could prevent “another Oklahoma City” — to speak out against Beck. Predictable and common-sensibly, she reiterated that she stands with Beck:

View video here. 

Poor leftists. They can’t debate Glenn Beck on the facts, so they create straw men in a pathetic and reprehensible attempt to smear him. When will lefties learn that their politics of personal destruction has been rejected by the majority of Americans, and it doesn’t work anymore?

Update: Gov. Palin will also be on Sean Hannity’s radio show today at the top of the second hour.

– JP

Cross-posted at Texas for Sarah Palin

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In ET interview, Gov. Palin leaves door wide open for a 2012 run

Posted by joshpainter on October 28, 2010

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Entertainment Tonight co-host Mary Hart flew to Alaska recently to visit Sarah Palin in Wasilla. In the exclusive interview, which will air on ET this evening, the first woman to be Governor of Alaska and first to be the Republican Party’s vice presidential candidate told Hart that she’ll run for president in 2012 “if there’s nobody else to do it”:

The former Alaska governor, mom of five, and star of TLC’s upcoming series “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” says that when it comes to deciding whether to run: “It’s going to entail a discussion with my family [and] a real close look at the lay of the land, to consider whether there are those with that common sense, conservative, pro-Constitution passion, whether there are already candidates out there who can do the job … or whether there’s nobody willing to do it, to make the tough choices and not care what the critics are going to say about you, just going forward according to what I think the priorities should be.”

“If there’s nobody else to do it, then of course I would believe that we should do this,” Sarah tells Mary, leaving the door wide open for a 2012 run, while also noting that if it turns out there are candidates “who can do the job,” they would have her full support.

Gov. Palin also comments in the interview for the first time on the recent New York Magazine cover story about one of the possible scenarios for a Palin presidential victory in 2012, and she tells Hart how she deals with critics.

ET’s preview is here.

– JP

Cross-posted at Texas for Sarah Palin

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