It’s interesting what people call ‘documentary’ these days. Discovery Communications, the media conglomerate that owns Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC and others, has announced a new 8-part series called “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”
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Oh my, where do I start. Let’s start with the mildly funny part. While one would imagine Sarah Palin would want to participate in this series in order to improve her reputation and credibility, the series will be produced by Mark Burnett, whose past work includes such hard-hitting “documentaries” (ahem) as “Survivor” and “The Apprentice.”
A reality series about Sarah Palin sounds like it could be a darn riot. I’d like to see that, actually, just because it would most certainly expose a lot and, hopefully in the process, clue a few more Americans in on how incapable she is of being president. And there is a possibility that “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” will have this effect as well. But then there’s another possibility.
That possibility is that Burnett will produce this show like he does a reality series (likely), which means he will essentially have no hand in the content of the show. So instead of being a documentary (In their statement, Discovery Communications called Burnett a “great documentary filmmaker”) about the issues facing Alaska and Sarah Palin’s real contributions to it, it will likely become a propoganda platform for everything Sarah Palin wants America to think about Alaska.
For example, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” will likely not include the fact that she does not believe in global warming, or her participation in the shameful “drill, baby, drill” campaign. It will likely not include information about her campaign for the brutal and unnecessary practice of the aerial killing of wolves (or her subsequent plan to offer a $150 bounty for the severed forelimb of each wolf killed).
Also, it will probably not mention the work Sarah Palin has done to appease oil companies, especially at the expense of wildlife. She fought against increased protections for endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales and Polar Bears. That is all just the beginning of the information this series is likely to omit.
It’s frustrating that the company that hosts such amazing nature programming on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet (not to mention green blogs like Treehugger and Planet Green) would give millions to a woman who has fought so hard against many efforts to preserve Alaska’s natural heritage.
I hate to say that there’s no way this could be a good thing. There has already been a lot of outrage about Discovery becoming Sarah Palin’s publicist. Even if politics is left out of the program, it’s still a nice comfy platform for Palin to spout her views about Alaska, which will likely include her own politics. It’s a lose-lose game.
That’s why Care2 is working with Defenders of Wildlife to tell Discovery Communications that we are insulted by the idea of an educational program focused on such a destructive figure, in one of the most pristine environments in the country. Sign the petition today and express your views in the comments section below.
photo credit: thanks to auburnxc via flickr for the image