Entries in Sarah Palin's Alaska (5)


Sarah Palin 2012? Reality Show Over, Report Says

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It appears that this Sunday's two-hour season finale of Sarah Palin's Alaska will actually be a series finale, according to Entertainment Weekly. reports that the show's producer, Mark Burnett, has no plans to return to Wasilla to shoot with Palin for another season of the TLC show, which has some wondering what this means for a potential 2012 presidential bid for Palin. If the 2008 vice presidential candidate were to do another season while officially running for president, TLC would have to offer her rivals equal on-air time.

The show, which premiered to five million viewers Nov. 14 with an episode entitled "Mama Grizzly," was intended to bring "the wonder and majesty of Alaska to all Americans," according to the former Alaska governor.

Over its seven-week run, the series brought in a respectable average of 3.2 million viewers. 

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Sarah Palin Zings Michelle Obama over Dessert in Reality Show

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- When does reality end and campaigning begin? That's one question that comes to mind for some regular viewers of Sarah Palin’s Alaska on TLC.  Sunday night, in between whitewater rafting, dog sledding, and expositions on antler piles, the former Alaska governor managed to slip in a political zinger directed at Michelle Obama.

While preparing for a family cookout, Palin searched for the different products that make up the "s'more," that much beloved great American treat. She mutters, "Where are the s'mores ingredients? This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert."

In her political and paid speeches, Palin has been highly critical of Michelle Obama's campaign to combat childhood obesity. She brought cookies to a Pennsylvania high school to argue that what kids eat should be a parent's choice, not the government's.

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Sarah Palin Takes Aim at 'Anti-Hunting Hypocrisy'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In Sunday night’s episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska, the former governor showcases the Alaska tundra while caribou hunting with her father. Beyond proving she’s a great shot, the episode is giving Palin an opportunity to “proudly” take aim at “anti-hunting hypocrisy.”

“Tonight's hunting episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska ‘controversial’? Really?” Palin posted on Facebook and Twitter. “Unless you've never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather couch or eaten a piece of meat, save your condemnation of tonight's episode. I remain proudly intolerant of anti-hunting hypocrisy. :)”

Palin’s pro-hunting posts began on Friday when she urged fans to tune in to “see how we fill our freezers and feed our families with home-grown tundra-roaming Alaskan wild game. We'll show you how Alaskans hunt. As my friend Sue says, ‘the tundra is the type of landscape that will make a man out of anybody.’ And, PETA...” she wrote on Facebook.

The 2008 vice presidential nominee explains, “in many remotes areas of Alaska there’s no grocery store nearby. It’s 4 or 500 miles away. We’re down to just five moose packages, three caribou packages... It’s time to get out there and go caribou huntin’.”

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Analyst: Palin’s ‘Non-Presidential’ TV Appearances Will Cost Her

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sarah Palin can been seen all over television this week – from the debut of TLC’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska to her daughter’s controversial appearance in the finale of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars – but can Americans see her in the White House in 2012?

“The independent voters have made up their minds about her, and it is a negative judgment they’ve made,” ABC News political analyst George Will said Sunday on This Week with Christiane Amanpour.

In an interview with Barbara Walters that airs Dec. 9th, Sarah Palin said she could defeat President Obama if she chose to run for president in 2012. According to George Will, however, she has yet to accomplish what voters need to view her as a serious political figure.

“After the 2008 campaign she had two things she had to do: she had to go home to Alaska and study, and she had to govern Alaska well,” Will said. “Instead she quit halfway through her first term and shows up in the audience of Dancing With the Stars and other distinctly non-presidential venues.”

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'Sarah Palin's Alaska': TV Series or Campaign Ad?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Palin's latest endeavor is less John and Sarah, and more “Jon and Kate.” The former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate is following in the footsteps of the Kardashians, and her oldest daughter, Bristol, who this season appears on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Proving once again she's a maverick, Palin is turning a new leaf – starring in her own eight-part series, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which premieres Sunday on TLC.

"I think that she believes that as long as her fame is increasing, that can be translated and poured into a political campaign,” said Stephen Mansfield, author of "The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin."  He thinks the show is inconsistent with the image Palin wants to project.
“I think that it's actually going to give her more to overcome than it is going to help her,” he said. “Of what I've seen of the show, she's not looking very presidential. She's running around in shorts, she's chopping up fish."

"I'd rather being doing this than in some dumpy old political office," Palin says in a promotional clip.

“She's gone in a different direction than I had expected,” Mansfield told ABC News, “and I'm not sure it's going to work for her."

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