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Network Known for Environmental Programming to Host ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’

Network Known for Environmental Programming to Host ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’

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.”

Don’t think Sarah Palin deserves to host a show about “the powerful beauty of Alaska”? Then sign the petition telling Discovery Communications! 

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.

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5:23PM PDT on Apr 25, 2010

Shame on Discovery. I left them a message, too. I guess all it takes is a pretty face, and you can be forgiven anything - as long as you bring in the money.

8:02PM PDT on Apr 18, 2010

Re. Janet W's comment:
"I can assure you that when you've watched them killing sheep and cattle, not to mention horses..."

The hypocrisy in your comment would be hilarious if it wasn't so sad and typical. I don't much care for slaughterhouses either

11:11AM PDT on Apr 14, 2010

She is outrageous and doesn't deserve time on any TV program.
She kills animals and is proud of it!

2:07PM PDT on Apr 11, 2010

This outrageous woman has already shown that she will do anything for money and notereity. Because of the likelihood the show would project a false and misleading image of Palin's true concepts of global warming, environmental, and ecological issues, it should not be shown by any reputable media.

10:41PM PDT on Apr 10, 2010

This is purely a grab for money and/or ratings. Palin is an outrage to everyone who cares about conservation and care of the planet. She's a complete philistine who would chop down the last tree to print her next dollar bill.

12:37AM PDT on Apr 8, 2010

this is an outrage, she does not believe in conservation (drill baby drill monologue), preservation of wildlife, (aerial shooting of wolves as a past-time sport) and she has NO depth. I am disgusted and will never watch the show. very poor programming.

6:53PM PDT on Apr 7, 2010

who would give this moron any more air time?

5:43PM PDT on Apr 6, 2010

Are they blind? Do they not know what she has done to wildlife in her precious state? I'd rather see a program of an armed plane chasing her thru her land. It would do her good to know how it feels.

1:50AM PDT on Apr 6, 2010


1:16PM PDT on Apr 5, 2010

THANK YOU MICHAEL AUSTIN!!! That's one of the most sensible letters I've seen here. Those of you who think wolves are so beautiful and so great should live where you can see the damage they do to other animals. Apparently you've never seen a baby calf being eaten by a wolf or coyote while the mother is laying there giving birth to said calf. You think you could live with these wolves - try it. I can assure you that when you've watched them killing sheep and cattle, not to mention horses, elk moose,etc, you will be among those of us who would wish that the wolf had never been reintroduced to the mountains of Wyoming. Now they are being seen on the prairie of Wyoming. Next and probably now, they are in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It's not a pretty sight. Don't blame Sara Palin. Blame all of us who depend on the livestock for our living and wolves and coyotes are NOT welcome here but we have them anyway. As for Sara Palin hunting - so what? There a lot of women out there who are hunters. That does not mean that we are not conservationists. We are probably better conservationists than those of you who sit back and complain about things you obviously know nothing about.

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