How can you not tune in to catch a television show in order to satisfy your increasing curiosity? I would really like to know if anyone has ever resisted the urge to capture something that they knew they did not want to miss. It is the same reason that we, as a society, slow down and look at automobile accidents, no matter how grotesque, simply for the satisfaction of seeing some dismembered limb on the roadway or maybe a recently deceased figure with a pose that bears a striking similarity to Edvard Munch’s masterpiece “Scream.”
For that reason, and really that reason only, I tuned in on the night of Sunday, November 14 to catch the debut of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on the Learning Channel.
On his MSNBC show “The Last Word” on November 16, Lawrence O’Donnell made the following comment on Sarah Palin’s reality show: “Nearly 5 million people watched the premiere on Sunday which is way more than watch any cable news show.”
I knew it! I am with mainstream America! However, in the spirit of the debut of Sarah Palin’s show, shouldn’t I say I’m part of the “lame stream?”
The first thing that struck me was the fact that Sarah Palin was hosting something on a channel called “Learning.” Having Sarah Palin host a special on the Learning Channel is like Ted Kaczynski in charge of shipping for the Home Shopping Network. (By the way, that’s my new favorite joke.)
The second thing that intrigued me was the cover of the Baltimore Sun’s TV page from the day the show was set to debut. The cover featured a promotional picture of Alaska’s latest former Governor cuddling two baby cubs. None of my friends would join me in a betting pool on how old the cubs were going to be before Ms. Palin would shoot them from a helicopter.
My expectations on the reality show failed to disappoint. In the first five minutes, she is complaining about her new neighbor, who is a journalist writing a book about her, sitting on his balcony, which overlooks the Palins’ home in Wasilla. Her major complaint, with the cameras and the television crew following her and focusing on the intimate details of her family life, is invasion of her privacy.
Sarah Palin is complaining about the invasion of her privacy while camera crews are following her in the process of filming something that is going to wind up on national television.
How does “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” deal with the issue of a presumably nosy neighbor? The show does this by filming the neighbor sitting on the balcony and writing, therefore invading his privacy!
There is a way they have been able to hinder the neighbor’s supposed spying techniques. Apparently, husband Todd is handy enough to build a fence, which blocks their home from the view of next door. Palin goes on to say that the fence between the two homes is an excellent example of how the United States can secure her borders.
And Sarah Palin is right about that. She is right seeing as how all that the would-be illegal immigrants and al Qaeda operatives are doing is sitting on balconies that overlook the United States border writing tell-all books about the United States.
One of the statements that Palin makes is that she loves living in Alaska because of the fact that since there are few roads in Alaska, you can have a plane pick you up in your backyard whenever you want to go anywhere, as if it is true for everybody in Alaska.
The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that 7.3% of Alaskans are unemployed. So for those residents, they may not necessarily be able to have the luxury of having a plane for a taxi service.
Wait a minute! Something that Sarah Palin touts for herself is not the case for all of her fellow countrymen? Sarah Palin was mistaken about something? How am I ever going to sleep at night?
The premiere episode closes with Sarah rock climbing. Despite being uncomfortable with heights, Palin says she is going to persist and make it to the summit finish what she started because she does not like to quit what she started.
It’s nice to see that Sarah Palin has her priorities straight. Rock climbing is serious business. It’s not like you’re doing something small like serving out your full term as an elected Governor of a state!
“Sarah Palin’s Alaska” has created buzz since its airing. Surely, she can get positive feedback from her colleagues at FOX News, where she is a commentator. Liz Trotta, a panelist on a show called “FOX News Watch” who was unaware that the camera was still recording the conversation even after the show had gone to a break, said “Alessandra Stanley had the best line. She said the new show was like the Sound of Music without the Nazis, without the romance and without the music.”
Judith Miller, a former New York Times reporter who is also a panelist on the show said during the exchange, “Oh the Washington Post hated it, too. Did you see his review? He said the cowed sound of her voice when warning you to heed the bears actually scared the bears.”
Does that sound harsh? Oh, come on! How many of us haven’t made jokes about our co-workers and how many of us dream about making them on national cable television, even if it means making them while we are being recorded without our knowledge?
Alaska, I’ve discovered, is a very beautiful state and one that I would like to visit. I’ve found a way to discover its beauty thanks to Sarah Palin’s special. All I have to do to fully enjoy the state’s splendor is to hit the Mute button on my remote so I don’t have to hear Sarah Palin speak.
Hey! That was something useful that Sarah Palin taught me on the Learning Channel after all!