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'Sarah Palin's Alaska': The Most Expensive Campaign Commercial Ever?
http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | Nov. 22, 2010, 12:35 PM | Glynnis MacNicol

Posted on 11/22/2010 11:24:06 AM PST by Maelstorm

Any remaining doubts that Sarah Palin is the most media savvy politician out there should have been erased entirely with last week's premiere of her new TLC show Sarah Palin's Alaska (SPAlaska!).

Back in March when rumors that Palin and producer Mark Burnett were shopping a reality show first surfaced speculation that the proposed series would be about Palin's family were quickly shot down. Two weeks ago during a spashy premiere party for the show, hosted by Discovery, the savvy team promoting the show insisted to attendees it would not be political. Of course, within minutes of last week's premiere, in which (blurred out) write Joe McGinniss -- who has rented out the house next door to the Palin's in order to research his new book -- featured prominently, both claims were quickly proven untrue. The show is nothing if not an extended political commericial for (decisive! adventurous!) Sarah Palin, starring her family members, each of whom get their own shout-out in the opening credits.

Conclusion? Essentially Palin has convinced TLC to pay her six figures every week to convince the country she is presidential material (making Mark Burnett her Karl Rove?). Or, at the very least, she possesses the kind of decisive backbone required to stun a Halibut with a billy club (part of last night's mother/daughter day with Bristol) and by extension her political opponents.

The result is apparently enough to convince Frank Rich that she has a shot at being President.

Thanks to the in-kind contribution of this “nonpolitical” series, Palin needn’t join standard-issue rivals like Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour and Tim Pawlenty in groveling before donors and primary-state operatives to dutifully check all the boxes of a traditional Republican campaign. Palin not only has TLC in her camp but, better still, Murdoch.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; palin; sarahpalin; tlc
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This article is right on the money. I watched last night's Sarah Palin's Alaska and it was just great and even better than the first one. The previews for the next one looks like its going to be even better.

1 posted on 11/22/2010 11:24:10 AM PST by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm

We enjoyed it very much and it’s all the better because it’s exploding liberal heads. :)


2 posted on 11/22/2010 11:27:26 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Maelstorm
Great for Alaska,

Great for Sarah,

Great for TLC,

Great for the viewers!

Great for America!

3 posted on 11/22/2010 11:29:01 AM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: Maelstorm

[Conclusion? Essentially Palin has convinced TLC to pay her six figures every week to convince the country she is presidential material ]

But she is really stupid and has trouble tying her shoes.


4 posted on 11/22/2010 11:30:21 AM PST by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: Maelstorm

Sarah is very savvy. Through this new program, her family is invited into millions of homes in America and viewers are getting to know them. They’re seeing single mom, Bristol, elder son home from Iraq, handsome hubby, family helping each other.

Should she decide to run for Prez and the media tries to trash the Palin clan again, people are going to react as they would to people trashing their own family and friends.


5 posted on 11/22/2010 11:31:54 AM PST by chickadee
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To: jazusamo

I’m sure it is exploding some Republican insider’s heads too. No matter how many times Sarah pulls off a brilliant counter-intuitive or rather counter-establishment move they still continue to under estimate her. They are going to under estimate her all the way to the White House.


6 posted on 11/22/2010 11:32:36 AM PST by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: jazusamo

We enjoyed it as well. We loved Sarah telling Bristol “Don’t back off, reload” (or words to that effect).


7 posted on 11/22/2010 11:33:18 AM PST by bcsco
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To: Maelstorm
Sarah Palin’s name is a guaranteed ratings win. Sarah Palin herself even more so. But, I wouldn't expect the left to understand the financial aspects of producing a TV show.
8 posted on 11/22/2010 11:34:03 AM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Maelstorm

How many other candidates get a multi-hour campaign commercial, get a cable station to foot the bill, AND get a seven figure salary for filming it?


9 posted on 11/22/2010 11:36:07 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Maelstorm
I’m sure it is exploding some Republican insider’s heads too.

Absolutely...I'd like to hear some of their comments, I'm sure they're not pretty. :-)

10 posted on 11/22/2010 11:39:17 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: bcsco

That was great, I think it was “Never retreat, just reload.” LOL!


11 posted on 11/22/2010 11:41:02 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Maelstorm

Somebody besides me must like it. The ratings were great.


12 posted on 11/22/2010 11:41:36 AM PST by umgud
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To: Maelstorm; freekitty; Mjaye; MamaDearest; GailA; GOP_Lady; flat; gonzo; SouthTexas; ZULU; ...

Political Elitists in DC and elsewhere, those that consider themselves the Ruling Class, are quaking in their shoes at the popularity of Sarah Palin with We The People. You know “The Unwashed Masses; the ignorant; those in flyover country, bitter clingers, Bible lovers, etc.” The Ruling Class continue, in their reprehensible arrogance consider each of us “too stupid” to know what is good for us. They know better. In the case of Sarah Palin, they have absolutely no power over how we view her. This series shows the country and the world that Sarah and her family are like us, the Country Class, or so the arrogant Elitists call us. Personally I think this series jabs the enemies of Freedom weekly. Let’s all savor Sarah’s success regardless if she decides to run for President or not.

Sarah has the spine, guts, and cajones to expose the political Elites in this Regime and in this Congress and elsewhere. Sarah gives us a venue to show the Political Elites that they will not do our thinking for us. We The People intend to stay free and we vow to ensure that this country remains the best in the world for our children and grandchildren’s future.


13 posted on 11/22/2010 11:43:21 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Maelstorm

More power to her, at least it is worth more than the millions and millions of the tax payers monet that mac daddy wasted on his worthless see how important I am trip that resulted in nothing except a shopping trip and vacation.


14 posted on 11/22/2010 11:43:44 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: Maelstorm

Seems to me that another, past, conservative presidential hopeful took his talents to mass media (radio) to pump up his “political star” power. That was around 1978, or so, I think.


15 posted on 11/22/2010 11:44:04 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: Maelstorm

Do you think anyone would watch Mitt’s Massechuttsets?


16 posted on 11/22/2010 11:44:10 AM PST by umgud
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To: Maelstorm

Loved the Halibut Special last night! And Alaska is breathtakingly beautiful!


17 posted on 11/22/2010 11:45:12 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: umgud

Any idea how many of us watched last night?


18 posted on 11/22/2010 11:45:19 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Maelstorm

The jealousy is so thick you can almost touch it.


19 posted on 11/22/2010 11:46:24 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Maelstorm

I thought the show was good. My family watched it together. it is just nice to have family friendly programming on again


20 posted on 11/22/2010 11:46:36 AM PST by unseen1
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To: Non-Sequitur
I think that the fact that Sarah is getting paid big bucks for these 8 shows, made millions on her first {and probably her second} book{s] is the top item that is making both libs and many pubbies froth at the mouth.

We know that that rinos fear her and there are many on FR, that have an irrational contempt for her. These FR naysayers usually start like this, "I love Sarah, BUT, .......... {you can fill in the blank, since we've all seen it too many times}.

I normally jump into those posts but they are wearing me out, and there is no changing of their minds.

21 posted on 11/22/2010 11:49:36 AM PST by USS Alaska
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To: Maelstorm

More aptly, the only profitable campaign commercial ever.


22 posted on 11/22/2010 11:50:16 AM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: Grams A
Any idea how many of us watched last night?

Don't know about last night, but the 1st week was a records breaker at nearly 5 million viewers.

23 posted on 11/22/2010 11:50:21 AM PST by umgud
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To: jazusamo
rove after taking one look at this show understood how it would destroy the Establishment. which explains why he tried to preempt it and trash it out of the gate. sadly many people heard him and allowed him to set their narrative for it instead of allowing an open mind on it. but the show is rapidliy showing the lie to Rove’s words.....

Palin = 1
rove = 0

24 posted on 11/22/2010 11:50:24 AM PST by unseen1
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To: umgud

The ratings were great.


What were the ratings for Episode II?


25 posted on 11/22/2010 11:51:25 AM PST by deport
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To: USS Alaska
"I love Sarah, BUT, .......... ,

I love Sarah, but....I'd much prefer to see Obama wading in a stream with a brown bear. Ya just know that'd be fun.

26 posted on 11/22/2010 11:52:01 AM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: Grams A

Wife and I did. Lots of fun. Story about baby shower at shooting range, and how she loves to tell the story ‘cause it gets the liberals’ all wee-weed up,’ Todd’s starpower (Alaskans want pix with the 4 time IronDog champ), ‘take your prom hair home, mom’, on and on.

She even has GOP elephants on her workout socks. = )


27 posted on 11/22/2010 11:52:25 AM PST by Mr. Thorne ("But iron, cold iron, shall be master of them all..." Kipling)
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To: gundog

only if he was covered in honey


28 posted on 11/22/2010 11:53:21 AM PST by unseen1
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To: Maelstorm
Here's the Looooser.

Glynnis MacNicol

Glynnis MacNicol Editor, The Wire

Glynnis MacNicol is the editor of Business insider's media page The Wire.  She was formerly the senior editor of Mediaite.com, the media news, opinion, and rankings site launched by former MSNBC anchor/GM Dan Abrams in July 2009. Prior to Mediaite, Glynnis was the editor of FishbowlNY, the mediabistro.com blog about New York media and was a regular contributor to Playboy.com during the 2008 Presidential election year. She began her media career as an associate editor at the Huffington Post media blog Eat the Press


29 posted on 11/22/2010 11:53:31 AM PST by McGruff (Vote for Bristol the Pistol at 800-868-3407)
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To: Maelstorm
I’m sure it is exploding some Republican insider’s heads too.

Hilarious. Exactly. And the GOPer's heads that are being exploded are harrumphing that this isn't presidential and that it will kill her chances. Isn't that what they want?! Then exactly why are they worried and hyperventilating rather than being happy. [??] If it is so bad, she's taking herself out of contention, right?

And now we have Frank Rich howling from the Left that Sarah is being paid to conduct her POTUS campaign!


30 posted on 11/22/2010 11:54:17 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (NPR: Air America with government funding to keep them alive)
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To: jazusamo

Nice shotgun as well. And what awesome views from their perch on Denali...


31 posted on 11/22/2010 11:54:22 AM PST by bcsco
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To: Maelstorm

Could be, but the pay was good too.


32 posted on 11/22/2010 11:55:35 AM PST by dforest
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To: bcsco

The killer line was “Mom, take your prom hair and go away!”


33 posted on 11/22/2010 11:55:52 AM PST by BillM (Don)
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To: Maelstorm
Thank God for Sarah. Both shows were a real breath of fresh air in the real American. Can't wait for the rest of the shows. Bristol was fantastic. What a gutsy girl.
34 posted on 11/22/2010 11:56:13 AM PST by Logical me
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To: Non-Sequitur
How many other candidates get a multi-hour campaign commercial, get a cable station to foot the bill, AND get a seven figure salary for filming it?

Yep...she sure is dumb as a fence post /s

35 posted on 11/22/2010 11:57:00 AM PST by HalfFull ("Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?" -PHenry)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

You don’t mean that guy that was born about 30 miles West of me, do ya? What was his name again...


36 posted on 11/22/2010 11:57:08 AM PST by bcsco
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To: bcsco

I enjoyed when they were on that fishing boat, and Sarah said to Bristol something like ‘Bristol, there’s a lesson here — there are a lot of fish in the sea”

It’s quite a good show. Beautiful scenery, good looking people that are entertaining while at the same time wholesome. And Sarah’s the natural-born star.

Regardless of the production expense of the show, TLC will get its costs paid by the sponsors. Nothing out of order here.


37 posted on 11/22/2010 11:57:48 AM PST by frposty (I'm a simpleton)
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To: Maelstorm

I watched it last night for the first time and it is a nice peek at the life of the Palins...

The only criticism is the fact that Obama is completely over-exposed and I hope Sarah does not do the same thing.


38 posted on 11/22/2010 11:58:48 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Maelstorm
More "expensive" than CBS' coordinated effort with the DNC when they ran John Kerry's ad "Fortunate Son," timed to coincide with Dan Rather's story on George Bush's forged Texas Air National Guard records?

-PJ

39 posted on 11/22/2010 11:59:24 AM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: Maelstorm

Jealous much, Glynnis?

40 posted on 11/22/2010 11:59:51 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Maelstorm

And besides that, she can out-negotiate giant oil and gas companies and has a better grasp of monetary policy than virtually anyone in Washington (I think the WSJ thinks only Paul Ryan tops her in that domain).


41 posted on 11/22/2010 12:00:51 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: umgud

John Thune’s South Dakota — Tours of ethanol plants and lectures on the virtues of farm subsidies. Co-starting Lisa Murkowski and Mark Kirk.

Mike Huckabee’s Arkansas — A diet and exercise show where Huckabee makes an impassioned plea for higher taxes to subsidize carrot sticks for the poor. The final episode would feature a special appearance by Michelle Obama.

Tim Pawlenty’s Minnesota — A Seinfeld inspired reality ‘show about nothing’ featuring T-PAW trying as hard as he can to make it through each episode without offending anyone.

Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts — Join Mitt Romney as he accompanies the elderly on their quest to find the last doctor left in MA. In the season finale, Mitt presides over the marriage of two lesbians in Boston and lends a needy underage girl the $50 for her abortion co-pay.


42 posted on 11/22/2010 12:02:58 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: BillM

That was good as well. I also liked the bit with McGinniss when they were coming home from an outing. They’re out having fun and he’s sitting, reading a book.


43 posted on 11/22/2010 12:03:11 PM PST by bcsco
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To: frposty

So many good moments. A really fun show to watch with great scenery.


44 posted on 11/22/2010 12:04:19 PM PST by bcsco
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To: Maelstorm

What claims about McGinnis were proven untrue?


45 posted on 11/22/2010 12:04:41 PM PST by digger48
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To: Maelstorm

The whole article is a snark!

Watch out for Business Insider guys. They are extremely anti-Palin.


46 posted on 11/22/2010 12:05:34 PM PST by convertedtoreason ( Nature tells us to take a LIBERTARIAN CONSERVATIVE stance)
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To: bcsco

Yeah, that’s the guy...Ronaldus Magnus.


47 posted on 11/22/2010 12:05:51 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: geologist

Expensive?!! Apparently The author does not know about the Harry and Linda Bloodworth Thomson Clinton epic (which was repaid with illegal travel agency perks bestowed upon Harry).


48 posted on 11/22/2010 12:06:02 PM PST by rod1
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To: Logical me; onyx

Loved all the comments but Bristol talking about work ethic being passed down to the next generation was touching. It certainly has been evident from the comments that Mark Ballas had made about her that he has seen this attribute in the Pistol too. Can’t wait till tonights’ show.


49 posted on 11/22/2010 12:06:18 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead
A media elitist allegory.


50 posted on 11/22/2010 12:07:22 PM PST by Caleb1411 ("These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own." G. K. C)
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