“Saturday Night Live” nailed it a few years ago when they envisioned the “Sarah Palin Network,” because it has actually come to pass in the just-launched Sarah Palin Channel. Not on television, mind you, but on the Internet. As if seeing her on Fox News Channel, on Facebook, on Twitter, on the Sportsman Channel in her reality television series, and featured in every media outlet under the Sun every time she says something inane or inflammatory wasn’t enough, now you can have her on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device 24/7, you betcha!
Well, for $9.95 a month you can.
That’s right. As reported by the Associated Press on July 27, the Sarah Palin Channel launched Sunday via the TAPP platform, an Internet video media platform, itself launched just this year. She says in the promotional video that she’s giving the people what they want (and, apparently, that is more of her).
“Are you tired of the media filters?” she asks in the video. “Well, I am. I always have been. So we’re gonna do something about it.”
She goes on: “We’ll talk about the issues that the mainstream media won’t talk about.”
Best of all, Palin controls all the content on the Sarah Palin Channel, so you won’t have to worry about it being too technical, too intellectual, or too scientific. Or, most likely, too liberal, although she promises programming that engages all sides of a debate. And well she should control the content. After all, it is her channel. Besides, she was a communications major back in her university years, finally getting her degree after attending five colleges.
As a subscriber to the Sarah Palin Channel, you get to choose what and when to watch, and you’ll get to interract with the half-term governor herself in video chats, even ask her questions, perhaps even get to ask her why she sounds like an extra on the movie “Fargo” rather than someone from Alaska (or Idaho, for that matter, since she was born there). There will be commentary from Palin and programming that includes her family.
Early subscribers already get a heavy dose of Obama-bashing, which is in no way surprising. As CBS News described the site, on the front page she has not only a national debt clock but a clock counting down the days left for President Obama’s administration. There’s also discussion on how to de-stigmatize the idea for impeachment (without going into the actual legal issues that would warrant such a move).
Sarah Palin, since she hit the limelight as Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential running mate in 2008, has been a veritable walking definition of talking points, jingoism, nationalsim, and a nearly unparalleled ability to say something unsubstantiated and/or ignorant (only surpassed by Steve King of Iowa, Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, and Louie Gohmert of Texas, all U. S. representatives currently serving in Congress). She has been a polarizing force in American politics ever since, but she has also gathered a rather large and loyal following (who will undoubtedly make her considerably more wealthy by subscribing to her channel). No doubt these will be the backbone of her subsciption list. Nothing like preaching to the choir — especially if that choir is paying you to tell it what it wants to hear.
Yes, Sarah Palin says she will tell subscribers things “Washington doesn’t want you to hear.”
Interestingly enough, most Americans don’t actually want to hear from the former governor of Alaska, either. According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll, 54 percent of Americans now say they would prefer for Sarah Palin to just be silent on political topics.
There will be no chance of that, however. No, now that she has her own dedicated channel.
The good news, though, is that with the Sarah Palin Channel, there’s a guarantee that her material will be entertaining. Not from her or the programming on the channel, per se, but from all commentary and comedy that will be derived from it. You can probably hear the echo of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert yelling “Eureka!” all the way to Wasilla.
And for those who never saw the “Sarah Palin Network” sketch on “Saturday Night Live,” you should just head on over to Hulu and check it out. You can watch it for free at Yahoo Screen. And,