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Sarah Palin Guest Hosts Today, Probably Not for the Last Time [The "Unsinkable" Sarah Palin]
pjmedia.com ^ | 04.03.12 | Brian Preston

Posted on 04/03/2012 7:36:19 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay

The first Mama Grizzly reference came in the first minute or two of former AK Gov. Sarah Palin’s stint guest hosting NBC’s Today show. In the opening segment, a very energetic Palin noted New York’s “warm” weather (by comparison to Alaska, where it was 25 degrees this morning, about 20 degrees cooler than NYC), Ann Curry scoffed at the idea that it was warm and that’s when Palin whipped out the Mama Grizzly. Alaskans are just made of sterner stuff than hardened New York network hosts, it seems: Curry was bundled up and visibly reacting to the mild weather. Matt Lauer wasted no time getting little digs and jibes in at his guest co-host, but I was struck by the appearances of the whole thing. Palin occupied screen right and looked great in a modest dark suit, and she appeared to be within an inch of Lauer’s height. She fit right in despite the evident hostility of Lauer and Curry, weatherman Al Roker seeming to be the friendliest of Today’s permanent crew. She exuded the confidence of someone who has hosted big shows for decades, not the typical nervousness of a one-time guest host going behind enemy lines in the lamestream media.

Within about 15 minutes, Lauer’s attitude seemed to change.

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1 posted on 04/03/2012 7:36:33 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Two simple words:

Class. Act.


2 posted on 04/03/2012 7:51:18 AM PDT by jagusafr ("Write in Palin and prepare for war...")
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To: fight_truth_decay

I watched the entire hour and I thought the team was extremely nice to her. And she was very funny and pleasant - caught reading a bunch of newspapers and taking over Matt’s office without his permission.

The only problem was that she kept her physical distance from the group when they were standing around. Ann Curry kept drawing her in by the arm. I wonder why? She did that with Donald Trump. Do Alaskans like their space or do we NYers smell bad?!

She was also great with Torie Spelling. Everyone seemed charmed by the Divine Sarah.


3 posted on 04/03/2012 7:51:18 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein

Can’t help thinking of the time that Rush said CBS tried to co-opt him by offering the guest spot on that sitcom with Markie Post.


4 posted on 04/03/2012 7:59:04 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: jagusafr

She did very well.


5 posted on 04/03/2012 7:59:37 AM PDT by jennychase
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To: Buckeye McFrog

It shows that they know in their icy hearts who the American people like and admire!


6 posted on 04/03/2012 8:03:19 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein
Do Alaskans like their space or do we NYers smell bad?!

Yes.

7 posted on 04/03/2012 8:06:45 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: miss marmelstein; fight_truth_decay; NewDestiny; rebuildus

And it shows that she is fearless and well intentioned...she doesn’t hate, she wants to help people wake up and will do anything to that end...


8 posted on 04/03/2012 8:07:10 AM PDT by abigail2
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To: onyx; STARWISE; maggief

FYI


9 posted on 04/03/2012 8:07:36 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Stand with God anhttp://sanfordfl.gov/inved Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Link won’t connect.


10 posted on 04/03/2012 8:08:49 AM PDT by steve8714 (The answer, surprisingly, is Carnahan.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Doesn’t the mere fact that she was offered her position obliterate the idea that they really believe her to be an airhead?


11 posted on 04/03/2012 8:10:54 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: All

Sarah will beat them in the end...


12 posted on 04/03/2012 8:12:28 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Night Court?

I do remember Rush doing a guest spot on the Drew Carey show once.


13 posted on 04/03/2012 8:13:35 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: miss marmelstein

“do we NYers smell bad?!”

No, you stink.


14 posted on 04/03/2012 8:15:09 AM PDT by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: miss marmelstein; jagusafr; onyx; Sarah Barracuda

I was away for vacation for 8 days, and I’m still catching up with all the news of the past week or so. How did this come to pass that Sarah Palin ends up guest hosting the Today show at the Nothing but Barack Channel? I’m sure Sarah will succeed at whatever she does (and of course I’m rooting for her), but.... NBC??


15 posted on 04/03/2012 8:18:12 AM PDT by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, and THANK YOU, Andrew Breitbart)
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To: fight_truth_decay
"Within about 15 minutes, Lauer’s attitude seemed to change."

Lauer observed Palin skillfully using an 18" serrated knife with blood groove to trip a few loose clothing threads on the cameraman.

16 posted on 04/03/2012 8:21:23 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Enterprise

trip = trim (Grrrrr)


17 posted on 04/03/2012 8:21:59 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: fight_truth_decay
"When she was chosen in 2008, Sarah Palin was actually more experienced as a government executive than Barack Obama, Joe Biden and John McCain."

And pretty much every FReeper KNEW IT!

18 posted on 04/03/2012 8:29:31 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: steve8714; All
I had left page still up, checked and correct link: BUT Perhaps overload..getting the same "spinning" and "time out"

TEXT BELOW 2 pages:

The first Mama Grizzly reference came in the first minute or two of former AK Gov. Sarah Palin’s stint guest hosting NBC’s Today show. In the opening segment, a very energetic Palin noted New York’s “warm” weather (by comparison to Alaska, where it was 25 degrees this morning, about 20 degrees cooler than NYC), Ann Curry scoffed at the idea that it was warm and that’s when Palin whipped out the Mama Grizzly. Alaskans are just made of sterner stuff than hardened New York network hosts, it seems: Curry was bundled up and visibly reacting to the mild weather. Matt Lauer wasted no time getting little digs and jibes in at his guest co-host, but I was struck by the appearances of the whole thing. Palin occupied screen right and looked great in a modest dark suit, and she appeared to be within an inch of Lauer’s height. She fit right in despite the evident hostility of Lauer and Curry, weatherman Al Roker seeming to be the friendliest of Today’s permanent crew. She exuded the confidence of someone who has hosted big shows for decades, not the typical nervousness of a one-time guest host going behind enemy lines in the lamestream media."

"Within about 15 minutes, Lauer’s attitude seemed to change. Palin joined Lauer and three other Today regulars, Star Jones, Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Donny Deutsch for a round of pop culture gab. Palin lauded Oprah Winfrey for living the American dream in establishing her OWN network, which is struggling to attract an audience on cable. Palin also defended Jessica Simpson, whose pregnancy-related weight gain has generated tabloid and online derision. Jones found herself alone criticizing Simpson for putting herself on magazine covers, while Palin and Snyderman defended her. Snyderman did offer that Simpson has gained too much weight, and should work to lose it as soon as possible after her child is born. Deutsch contributed little beyond snide one-liners and politically correct hostility toward Palin. He tried putting Palin on the spot about the “negativity” in politics, but Palin deftly turned the jab around to zap Bill Maher. Deutsch, who hosts his own poorly watched cable show, quickly surrendered. Lauer found himself agreeing with Palin more often than not and seemed to warm up to her, but caught himself and offered her a condescending “Good job!” toward the end of the segment."

"Palin’s positive attitude must be made of titanium. She is unsinkable and finds a way to say something worthwhile amid the nothingness that is morning TV. The next segment featured Palin and Ann Curry two-hosting actress and author Tori Spelling. The segment consisted of typical Today fluff, a star’s book about parenting or some such along with party snack suggestions. Palin, though, turned the vapid segment into a brief salute to motherhood, congratulating Spelling for her growing family (she is pregnant with her and her husband’s fourth) and for her success in media. Spelling seemed to be genuinely touched by Palin’s praise."

"The governor’s next appearance came in another segment about parenting, this one centering on dealing with teenage daughters. The two guests were authors of parenting books, and in typical network booking tactics, one of the two was also a gorgeous blond. But Palin took over the segment after a couple of typically bland rounds of questions from Curry, whose lack of personality has long left me wondering how she ended up owning such prime media real estate as the Today set. Palin’s experience raising kids allowed her to relate immediately to both authors. Curry spent much of the segment on the fringe of the conversation, and had to stop the ongoing conversation to get to the next network break."

"All in all, Palin put in a more than solid performance. She never seemed to be on the defensive, never seemed put out by any of the subtle and overt hostility around her, and was never shy about advancing conservatives and conservatism. During the segment on Oprah’s flailing network, for instance, while lauding Winfrey’s entrepreneurial spirit and her honesty in admitting mistakes, Palin said that she hoped the network would succeed and that Winfrey would get some conservative shows on. Deutsch lamely jumped in and said Oprah should hire liberals, but no one on the set even paid attention to him. With good reason, too, since Deutsch’s own show is little watched, and Winfrey has already tried liberals like Rosie O’Donnell, and has already failed with them. Going to the middle or right would at least be a creative choice for Winfrey to consider. Palin’s advice was thus an advancement of conservatism and practical advice for Winfrey to turn her flailing network around. One only needs to look at the failure of Air America, the struggles of leftward tilting MSNBC, the dominance of Fox News Channel and conservatives in talk radio to see that Palin knows what she’s talking about, purely from a programming perspective."

"Palin was quick witted, informed, personable, and beautiful guest hosting Today. She looked like she belonged there and brought a different energy to the show. Once she was gone, Today quickly returned to its blandly liberal self. Whoever came up with the idea of having her guest host deserves credit for thinking creatively and boldly to bring her in. It was a good show all around."

"Update: When I mention the other hosts’ condescending hostility toward Palin, this is what I’m talking about. Lauer asks Palin if Romney should choose a running mate with more experience than she had. When she was chosen in 2008, Sarah Palin was actually more experienced as a government executive than Barack Obama, Joe Biden and John McCain." [END]

19 posted on 04/03/2012 8:33:16 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

not Night Court

Some Linda and Harry Bloodworth-Thomason production on CBS that lasted all of 13 weeks


20 posted on 04/03/2012 8:35:51 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: fight_truth_decay

Maybe it’s just traffic.


21 posted on 04/03/2012 8:39:21 AM PDT by steve8714 (The answer, surprisingly, is Carnahan.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Hearts Afire. It lasted for three years-ish. I looked it up.


22 posted on 04/03/2012 8:39:30 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: steve8714

http://pjmedia.com/ up now from link I went to Twitter then in... https://twitter.com/#!/PJMedia_com as I was having the same problem Thanks


23 posted on 04/03/2012 8:41:18 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: steve8714

Link from FR now works.


24 posted on 04/03/2012 8:45:13 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: nutmeg
I’m sure Sarah will succeed at whatever she does (and of course I’m rooting for her), but.... NBC??

It's called taking the fight to the enemy. Yesterday, I heard one of the talk radio guys make the excellent point that Conservatives need to get on these shows and fight back publicly to show where they stand on the issues, and not yield the entire MSM battlefield to the Rats. Newt knows this and has done well with his appearances for the most part, and Palin knows it too.

25 posted on 04/03/2012 8:46:32 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Matt Lauer is a lying scumbag (must-see video)
26 posted on 04/03/2012 8:50:59 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: miss marmelstein
“I wonder why? “

Because she's not a hypocrite?

27 posted on 04/03/2012 8:53:25 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: fight_truth_decay

-—Within about 15 minutes, Lauer’s attitude seemed to change.-—

This would have happened universally IF SHE RAN!

Sigh.


28 posted on 04/03/2012 8:56:20 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I can’t for the life of me understand why Sarah would indulge the indecent, repugnant, disgusting NBC Company.

NBC is the company that employs Al Sharpton, Chris Matthews, and formerly Keith Olbermann.

NBC is the absolute worst of all of the networks, and that is saying something.

I watched. She did fine. She is very likable. But she should have told NBC to crap in their hats.


29 posted on 04/03/2012 8:58:57 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
She did not get on to convince or change any minds at NBC.

She did however, gain access to and show her self to millions of impressionable viewers whose only prior source of info was that same reviled NBC.

So, who gained and who lost?

30 posted on 04/03/2012 9:04:23 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: nutmeg
"I was away for vacation for 8 days, ....

To catch you,up, ABC's Good Morining America is trying to make a big splash this week with Katie Couric as host, so NBC countered in the ratings game by putting on Sarah on the TODAY show. It'll be fun to see who drew the bigger numbers.

31 posted on 04/03/2012 9:11:01 AM PDT by cookcounty (Newt 2012: ---> Because he got it DONE.)
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To: miss marmelstein

Country people have a different idea of “personal space” than city people. Especially big city people.

This goes contrary to things like the desire to get everyone into a nice group for the camera shot.


32 posted on 04/03/2012 9:11:36 AM PDT by Kommodor (Terrorist, Journalist or Democrat? I can't tell the difference.)
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Sarah Palin = Josies Wales.....every time she goes head to head with her enemies I think to myself :”Whooped em’ again, didn’t we Josie....”


33 posted on 04/03/2012 9:14:52 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: going hot

Governor Palin was terrific...even after Curry called her MS Palin, which to me seemed a deliberate affront. She was gracious, confident and generous with her praise for the guests. Most definitely a class act


34 posted on 04/03/2012 9:17:32 AM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: be-baw
I have heard tell, even on FR, that she has high negative numbers.

Wonder what helped them in the formulation of their opinions?

Further, what can one do to positively affect change?

35 posted on 04/03/2012 9:24:09 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: snoringbear

“do we NYers smell bad?! ... No, you stink.”

I got a good laugh out of that exchange!


36 posted on 04/03/2012 9:36:59 AM PDT by cymbeline
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To: Retired Greyhound
But she should have told NBC to crap in their hats.

Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies even closer.

With all the cheap shots that have been thrown at Palin she has not given up, folded her tent and gone away.

37 posted on 04/03/2012 9:49:39 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Whom did she endorse?


38 posted on 04/03/2012 9:49:56 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
I can’t for the life of me understand why Sarah would indulge the indecent, repugnant, disgusting NBC Company.

________________________________________

M*O*N*E*Y.

39 posted on 04/03/2012 9:52:21 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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There is no doubt our Sarah should be our candidate for President. This election, with pretty boy Romney will be just like the last....a weak candidate with most likely a strong VP pick, and there are many. I am hoping against all odds that it goes to the convention and Sarah comes out on top...wouldn’t that be a wonderment?? It would make liberal heads explode!! WHOOPDEDOO!!


40 posted on 04/03/2012 10:08:53 AM PDT by cousair
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To: cousair

Oh, Yes!Yes! Palin and Newt, dream team IMHO


41 posted on 04/03/2012 10:18:44 AM PDT by maranatha (Pray always for our military and their families)
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To: Maverick68; wtc911; Melas; All
Sarah Palin = Josies Wales.....every time she goes head to head with her enemies I think to myself :”Whooped em’ again, didn’t we Josie....”

Josey Wales added to list.

This is an ongoing list of historical, popular, and Biblical people, as well as fictional characters and animals that Sarah Palin™ has been compared to on FR:


42 posted on 04/03/2012 10:23:28 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Retired Greyhound

I can’t for the life of me understand why so many on FR seem to think the best way to combat liberal BS is by burying our heads in the sand.

She took the fight to them. She did well; it was a good call.


43 posted on 04/03/2012 10:27:23 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (If we had a President, he'd look like Newt.)
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To: EveningStar

Some of those are cool, but I take offense to Muhammad Ali: he was an arrogant piece of garbage who hated America.


44 posted on 04/03/2012 10:28:34 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: wtc911
Whom did she endorse?

Whom....Perhaps NBC?

Considering the bad press over their audio tape altering of Zimmerman 911 call on "Today Show" for their “ham-handed” editing, photo choice etc ....all now Under Internal investigation.

They Need her for ratings in these "damage control" times, she does not need them. Probably why everyone pretty much on their best behavior, but not perfectly so [need one heavy] not to raise question...whassup with the Palin love fest??

NBC announcements: Meredith Viera will return to the Today Show for the 2weeks in OG London to host the morning portion along with Lauer.

45 posted on 04/03/2012 10:33:04 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: miss marmelstein

C’mon Miss Marmelstein, it isn’t that. New Yorkers aren’t the touchy-feely type(subway gropers excluded). You know New Yorkers show politeness buy rushing so the new Yorker behind them can rush to where ever it is they’re rushing to!


46 posted on 04/03/2012 10:45:55 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Romney cheerleaders. We’re so screwed.


47 posted on 04/03/2012 10:52:05 AM PDT by steve8714 (The answer, surprisingly, is Carnahan.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I watched up to the Tori Spelling segment. I thought she handled herself well, but I will tell you who else impressed me, and that was Dr. Nancy Snyderman. Since I don’t watch the Today show, I have no knowledge on the doctor, but she included Sarah with eye contact, turning her head in Sarah’s direction to engage her or to listen to her answers and just generally being gracious and classy. Star Jones looked like she had an attitude the whole time...I know, quite a departure from her usual demeanor.


48 posted on 04/03/2012 10:57:03 AM PDT by karatemom
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To: Maverick68

Those are all serious comparisons by other FReepers. I made none of them up. :)


49 posted on 04/03/2012 11:01:39 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar
I am amazed and a bit disappointed at the number of freepers who see this as a logical continuation of palin's life arc of greatness.

It is a logical continuation of the branding, but, NBC! When will we see "Sarah and the Rev" - the new reality sitcom starring Palin and Sharpton?

I thought that we were fighting for our national life and that Palin was leading the charge. How does the Palin - Spelling thing contribute?

I do have to admit though that it (the Palin - Spelling match-up - two reality TV "stars") was probably a good fit.

50 posted on 04/03/2012 11:05:15 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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