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Lessons from history: Meet the inventor of "Political Home Reality Shows" and the "Big Lie"

The new year has just begun and Sarah Palin is quiet – though certainly not for long. This “break” gives me the perfect opportunity for a look back in history. In this case, I am talking about the “dark” history of the 20th century, and there are some interesting and shocking details to discover.
Sarah Palin is a “phenomenon” which still is not easy to understand. Accordingly, mainstream America seems to be uncertain about how to treat her. On the one hand, she is widely considered to be a laughable, ignorant person, as an extreme political outsider without “gravitas”, but on the other hand, the extreme nature of her political positions didn’t stop a channel like ABC to feature her daughter Bristol (and at the same time, Sarah) on DWTS, and didn’t stop TLC from producing a folksy family propaganda show about the greatness of Alaska and the greatness of Sarah Palin’s family.
Commentators in the MSM usually shy away from some of the conclusions that seem obvious for almost anyone who closely examines Sarah Palin – in particular, the apparent narcissistic nature of her personality. Wikipedia remarks:

Although most individuals have some narcissistic traits, high levels of narcissism can manifest themselves as a pathological form as narcissistic personality disorder, whereby the patient overestimates his or her abilities and has an excessive need for admiration and affirmation.

I would definitely say that Sarah Palin has an excessive need for admiration and affirmation, and one of the best pieces of evidence for this claim is her “reality show” on TLC, and also the overly enthusiastic picture she constantly paints of her own family, in particular of her children.

Sarah claims to trump the competition in being a great hunter, fisherman, mother etc., and she also has no hesitation to praise her children as being role models, for example in “America by Heart” when she talks about Bristol on page 96:

It didn’t take long after that magical night, however, for both new parents to realize how much work—and how little fun—teenage parenting is. But my strong, beautiful Bristol reacted in a way that made me proud. She went to college. And worked full time. A nd took care of a needy, colicky baby through many, many sleepless nights, doctor’s appointments, and lonely, cold car rides to and from babysitters. She worked as hard as any young single mother could possibly work.

Well, I haven’t seen the college that Bristol “went to”, but it surely exists in Sarah Palin’s mind, and that should be good enough for her fans.
According to Sarah Palin, the “courage” of Bristol in earning hundreds of thousands of dollars through speaking out to “pause” and/or to be “abstinent” is truly remarkable (p. 121):

Bristol has boldly and publicly acknowledged in ads for the Candie’s Foundation that abstinence is the only surefire way of preventing pregnancy. A nd for this, she has been accused of being a hypocrite. But to those critics I say this: Which is the more courageous course for a young, single mother: to sit down and shut up and avoid the critics, or to speak out in a painfully honest way about how tough single parenting is? I’m biased, of course, but given a choice of role models between Bristol and Murphy Brown, I choose Bristol.

Naturally, her son Track made Sarah Palin proud as well, as she explains on page 36 in “America By Heart”:

On September 11, 2008, the brigade’s deployment to Iraq landed the soldiers in the Diyala Province, northeast of Baghdad, fighting insurgents and helping to rebuild that war-torn country. Then, on September 11, 2009, he as scheduled to return home. Like all military families, his sisters, his baby brother, Todd, and I were overjoyed that Track is coming home safe. But at the last second, the family of one of the other members of the Stryker Brigade had a medical scare. Track’s fellow soldier had to get home fast, and there were no extra seats on the transport. So Track, God bless him, gave up his seat. He had to stay an additional month in the heat and sand and danger of Iraq for another available flight home. At first, he didn’t want to tell us about the reason for his delay. He still doesn’t like to talk about it, much less have his mom crow about it in print. But then I finally heard the story of what he did for his fellow soldier, I think I was prouder of my son than I had ever been before.

However, two facts stand in contradiction to this “report” by Sarah Palin about Track’s selfless behavior in “America by Heart.”

“The Palins are expecting the return of eldest son Track this weekend from a yearlong deployment with an Army combat brigade in Iraq,” Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton told The Washington Times. “Mrs. Palin also has her first major paid speaking engagement in Hong Kong” in a few days, she added

Secondly, while this report is no final proof that Track did indeed return on the weekend of the 19/20 September 2009, we do know that Track “CJ” (cough, cough) Palin was already home on October 2, 2009, because that is the day when he received a speeding ticket in Alaska. So Sarah’s account in “America by Heart” is a deliberate exaggeration, presented in order to make the behavior of Track appear “greater” than it actually was. In writing about these events in this manner in “America by Heart”, Sarah in my opinion also somehow diminishes the altruistic nature of Track’s act.
Sarah Palin is a complex person who seems to defy “simple explanations”, and the regular readers of Palingates will know that we sometimes take the liberty to look back at extreme politicians in history, especially the Nazis in order to draw parallels to current events and in order to understand history and learn from it. While history doesn’t repeat itself 100%, I believe that the during the 20th century people got more than enough insights into the minds and actions of totalitarian politicians. There are more than enough lessons to be learned from the past.
Recently I watched a new TV-documentary which was produced by the leading German magazine “Der Spiegel.” This 78-minute long documentary reports about the conclusions of a new biography about Joseph Goebbels, written by the accomplished German historian Peter Longerich. In his body of work, Longerich focuses on the Third Reich and the Holocaust. He is currently the Director of the Research Centre for the Holocaust and Twentieth-Century History at the Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London. His new biography about Joseph Goebbels, with the impressive length of 912 pages, doesn’t seem to be available in English language so far.
I didn’t expect too much from this “Spiegel” documentary, which was distributed on DVD together with a weekly edition of the magazine, but then I was really taken aback by a whole “series” of apparent “parallels” between one of the darkest people in history, Joseph Goebbels, and the woman we usually write about.
I today published a few minutes of this documentary in a clip on youtube, together with English subtitles. There is one particular fact I was never really aware about before watching this documentary: Apparently caused by a severe narcissistic personality disorder, Joseph Goebbels created a “public cult”, not just around him, his upbringing and his home town, but especially around his family and his children.
For example, at some point during the 1930s after the Nazis came to power, Joseph and his wife Magda Goebbels started to commission professionally shot “birthday movies”, which featured their six little children, who congratulated Joseph Goebbels and showed other scenes from their family life. Over the years, this became more and more excessive, and it is noted on several webpages that for example in 1942, the Goebbels children appeared on no less than 34 occasions in the weekly German national news reels (“Deutsche Wochenschau”), one of the most important instruments of cinematic Nazi Propaganda. The children served as the German (and Nazi) “model family.”
The clip I made with excerpts from the “Spiegel” documentary gives you an impression. Please be aware that there are graphic images of the corpses of Joseph and Magda Goebbels and their dead children at the beginning of the clip. As most of you will know, Joseph and Magda Goebbels killed their six children before committing suicide in May 1945.

What stands out in looking back at this horrific exploitation of Joseph Goebbels’ children is the increasingly excessive nature of the exploitation, which in my opinion cannot be explained by propaganda purposes alone. In addition, not shown in the clips above, Joseph Goebbels as the head of the German propaganda and the movie business also started to produce movies about his home town and the home in which he grew up, claiming that he had a happy, perfect childhood. In reality, as historian Peter Longerich points out, Goebbels’ childhood was far from perfect, for example due to a severe deformation of his right leg which developed when Goebbels was five years old. In addition, Goebbels later was a mediocre student at University, obtaining a PhD with a low mark, however, on virtually every occasion in later life he made sure that he was introduced as “Dr. Goebbels.”

History never repeats itself in identical ways, but we should all educate ourselves and try to learn from history.

In addition, Joseph Goebbels “perfected” a technique that is still very relevant today – especially as far as Sarah Palin is concerned: The “Big Lie.”

The Big Lie theory goes like this: A gigantic, audacious lie is more likely to be believed by the masses than a small one if it is repeated often enough. First articulated in the pages of Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler (who attributed the practice, of course, to Jews) and deployed as a tactic by Nazi master propagandist Joseph Goebbels, the Big Lie went mainstream in 2010, as its propagators on the Right were accepted by big media as respectable articulators of a legitimate point of view.

The “Big Lie” is the classic “Sarah Palin concept.” She has embraced it like nothing else. Her “official” life story is full of these “big lies” that she repeats over and over and over again.

A happy family life? A big lie. A happy marriage? A big lie. Sarah Palin’s “life-affirming” pregnancy and birth of Trig? A big lie. The list goes on.
Don’t let a politician with a severe narcissistic personality disorder get into the White House, and don’t give this person a platform. You all understand this, but unfortunately ABC and TLC and Fox News don’t.
Oh, speaking about Fox News: Kathleen found something interesting today which hasn’t been discussed on Palingates so far. It turns out that one of the main propagandists for Adolf Hitler before he got into power was – Fox News:

Observers of the current US election season have noted the prominent role of Rupert Murdoch’s reactionary Fox News Channel, which currently employs GOP and “Tea Party” partisans Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Sean Hannity, and others. Some have alleged that a television network carrying so many potential political candidates and propagandists on its payroll is unprecedented. But there is a precedent for large-scale Fox intervention into a political campaign.

In 1932, the German newsreel subsidiary of Fox News Channel’s corporate ancestor, Fox Films, intervened in national elections in Germany.

The candidate Fox supported was Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

The basic facts are available in German historian Hans Mommsen’s authoritative study entitled The Rise and Fall of Weimar Democracy, which is translated into English and widely available in over five hundred libraries in this country. Mommsen, one of the most distinguished postwar German historians, is now Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Bochum. In Mommsen’s account of Nazi propaganda techniques, we find the following: “There was nothing that escaped the ingenuity of Nazi propagandists. A case in point was the use of film. Under Goebbels’ influence the party had begun to exploit the potential of the political propaganda film to an unprecedented extent as early as 1930. Such films were shown mostly in places where Hitler and other prominent party leaders were not able to appear as speakers. For the manufacture of outdoor sound film, the NSDAP turned to an American company, Twentieth Century Fox.“

Scholar William G. Chrystal confirms this account and provides further important details in his 1975 article on “Nazi Party Election Films, 1927-1938.” Chrystal writes: “Support for two additional 1932 election films, Der Führer (The Leader), and Hitlers Kampf um Deutschland (Hitler’s Struggle for Germany) came from the German-based subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Tönende Wochenschau (Fox Weekly Sound Newsreel [i.e., Fox Movietone News]). In addition, they also supplied some mobile sound film vans to be used during the campaign. Thus at least part of Hitler’s support in that critical time was the result of Fox’s help. The background for this assistance is unknown since Fox Tönende Wochenschau records were destroyed during the war,” according to a July 9, 1974 letter to Chrystal from Joseph Bellfort, who was at that time the vice president of the Twentieth Century Fox International Film Corporation.

You might have thought that Fox News should have learned their history lessons by now.

We already had our amazing yearly round-up by Blueberry Tart, but let me take a final look at our stats for 2010 as well.

The stats for Palingates in 2010 exceeded our wildest expectations:
– 5,222,981 pageloads
– 2,688,298 unique visitors
– 895,312 returning visitors
Palingates - Complete stats for 2010
I don’t know what the next year will bring, but I hope that we will get close again. 😉
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Sarah Palin’s Alaska – Episode 6 – A reader’s review

By Leadfoot_LA and Bella, Age 7

We begin today’s episode of All Sarah-All The Time with a view of the ridiculous 14-ft fence, then pan across the yard to the turret, where Sarah is getting ready for a TV segment inside. Todd is helping her prepare by moving a fish on the wall behind her. He refuses to fix her hair because it is “above his pay grade.” Sarah does not remind him that she now makes ALL their money, so he should probably fix her hair. She fiddles nervously under the desk. She explains that sometimes they just want to get away from the press, so today they are leaving on a two day road trip in a “big RV.”

Creepy Chuck, Sally, Sarah’s nephew Happy and “the next generation of Palins” — Willow, Trig and Piper — tag along. They are going to the Talkeetna mountains, an area the family has visited for 40 years. In the RV, Trig is listening to country music on Willow’s iPhone (on speaker, not with earbuds) and dancing. He is not wearing glasses or hearing aids. And for you ear theorists, he appears to be the round-ear Trig. Sarah says it is just natural for babies to want to dance. (He is a toddler now, not a baby, but this escapes her.)

They go to the Matanuska River to go rafting. They meet up with Sarah’s sister and brother and the river guide, whose name, I kid you not, is Mudflap. They all don life vests except Todd, who has volunteered to stay behind with Trig. Piper falls in the water before she even gets in the boat. She says she “hates this” while Sarah laughs at her and says, “hehehehe, she’s already scared.” She adds, “do not use his (Mudflap’s) mullet as a towel.” Bella laughs at this.

Mudflap tells Sarah she has to sit up front. She says she’d “rather be in the back of the boat and let someone else have to do more of the work.” SHOCKER. You don’t say, Sarah. But she decided to accept the challenge. They go down the rapids while Piper screams bloody murder and Mudflap keeps yelling “I love my life.” I like Mudflap!

Sarah’s nephew Heath (Heath Heath?!) and Sally meet up with them at the end of the river ride. Sarah says it was much more physically challenging than she expected, but it was “Awweeeeesooooome.” Oh lord, it is hereditary!

Back in the RV, Piper and Sarah play with Trig. Sarah says, “Trig is the light of my life. People are jerks about him being born with Downs Syndrome. 85 to 90 percent of babies are aborted with Downs Syndrome. They can have their opinion, but we have ours.” Okay, first of all, Sarah, NOBODY has EVER been a jerk about Trig being born with Downs Syndrome. We all adore Trig. People are “jerks” because you LIE about having given birth to him and act like this big martyr saint of a woman when you are nothing but a LIAR. When you had to make a choice about a pregnancy — you chose abortion at least once, possibly twice. So you are NOT some big pro-life hero. You are a phony. Second of all, when you said “85 to 90 percent of babies are aborted with Downs Syndrome,” — I am pretty sure you actually meant that 85 to 90 percent of babies who have Downs Syndrome are aborted. That is completely different.

While she is talking about Trig being soooooo important to her, he is standing on the seat of the RV, dancing and looking out the window while it is barreling down the highway. No seat belt, no car seat.

Sarah vacuums the RV and yells at all the kids that their feet are in her way. Willow tells Sarah that Andy is oh his way. Sarah says, “Willow!, did you double check with dad?!” What, Sarah has no authority? Willow says she misses him and that he is funny and she is excited to see him. They should have animated in some sparkly hearts floating all around her head, the way she is beaming. She tells Todd that Andy is coming, and he ignores her. The kids in the RV all giggle. Bella giggles. Willow and Andy ARE actually kind of cute together.

Sarah says, “where are the s’mores ingredients? This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day that we should not have dessert.” WHAT!? What a bitch.

One hour later, Todd is starting a fire when Andy drives up. Sarah says that she gave Willow permission to have Andy camp with them, as long as he would help out. She says they “give their kids a lot of freedom because they trust their kids and want to make sure they are on the right path, they are gonna make mistakes, we all make mistakes.” Yes, that was all one sentence. Take a breath, woman! She says she “feels sorry for some of her kids because their mistakes are played out on the front page of the National Enquirer which really SUCKS for them.” I don’t even know where to begin. First, you give your kids “freedom” because you are lazy. Look what happened when you gave Bristol freedom! Did you learn nothing?! Everybody knows you can’t trust teenagers! Second, YOU put your daughter’s pregnancy in the headlines to hide your lies about Trig. YOU did that to her. Third, nobody who is almost 50 and wants to run for president should say “sucks.”

Andy and Willow carve their names into a log. Piper burns her marshmallow, whines, and throws it in the fire. Sarah gets a text from Happy’s mom and reads it aloud to everyone in the RV, “she says she loves you, and to shower, brush your teeth, and put on deodorant.” Willow sneers at him. Um, she probably meant for you to tell him that privately, Sarah. God this woman is rude and obtuse.

This morning they are ready to “kick up some mud on the family’s four wheelers.” They are going to their friend Bones’ old abandoned mining camp. Sarah says it will be “nice to get the heck away from idiots and bloggers who do not like our family.” What the hell?! She is like 10 times meaner and more bitter in this episode than she was in the others. I didn’t even think that was possible. Why doesn’t she get the fact that people don’t just dislike other people for no reason?! They dislike those who quit, lie, misrepresent, fake pregnancies, use children as props, etc., etc.

She calls Piper, “Piper Diaper” as they take off on the ATVs. Bella says, “that was mean!” Sarah says four-wheelers area common mode of transportation since only 30% of Alaska is accessible by roads. They run into some people shooting clay pigeons and Sarah just has to take a shot. This time she hits it on the first try (yah, right), and yells “I shattered it!”

They arrive at Bones’ place and he pretends not to know her. He says he didn’t know they were coming. He is wearing a hat that says “Sarah Palin Governor” — nope — time to get a new hat, Bones. They go panning for gold and Chuck says on a good day you can find an ounce of gold, but, Sarah adds, “you have to work for it.” And there it is, folks. Every. Single. Show.

She again says that they are the “nerd family of America” as they go hunting for fossils. (Sarah, you know nerds are different from grifter hillbillies, right?!) They find one, and Chuck Jr. says it became extinct with the dinosaurs and is 62 to 350 million years old. No wheels are seen spinning in Sarah’s head to indicate she realizes her Earth time line does not match up with Chuck Jr.’s. She says she keeps the fossils that they find, and her “thrill” would be to have them cover the whole exterior siding of her house.

We head over to Creepy Chuck’s House of Horrors. He talks about the antler mountain and how proud he is of it. Tripp is there (but no Bristol). Tripp hands a bottle to Trig, and says “baba?” and Trig hands it back. Awwwwwwwwwww. The two boys are the exact same height. That is odd. I think about how Audrey was threatened just when she posted about Bristol possibly faking the TRIPP pregnancy after Sarah faked the Trig pregnancy and the theories that the two boys could be twins. But Patrick’s voice in my head tells me it isn’t true, and I am snapped back to reality by Bella telling me to fast forward through the commercial.

At the Palin concrete palace, Sarah is looking for her Juicy diaper bag. Piper practices basketball. Todd takes Trig somewhere while Sarah drives Piper into Anchorage for some mother-daughter time at Peggy’s Pies. Sarah tells Piper to be gracious and patient if tourists want to meet her. Piper says, “but you have to bribe me.” LOL! At least the girl is honest. Sarah is wearing a Juicy Couture sweatshirt (about $140) as she talks about how hard it was when she used to be a waitress. Sarah and Piper fill in as waitresses. Piper says Sarah is a horrible waitress because she stops to talk too much. Piper collects tips, and Sarah takes them and says they are “gas money to get back home.” She says Piper “saw what hard work was all about and tolerance for other people and what it means to be truly of service to other people.” Really Sarah? She served pie for like 10 minutes and then you took the money she earned!! HA!

On the drive back to Wasilla, Piper is not wearing a seat belt. Bella notices right away and says she can’t believe Sarah would allow that. Piper looks miserable and tells Sarah she is in the wrong lane. They go to a kennel to drop off a pie and we get a quick Iditarod history and dog training lesson. Piper gets to pick one of the puppies to be named Piper. They get in a helicopter (marked Alpine Air Alaska for you researchers) to go to a glacier to ride a dogsled. They tour the Iditarod team’s camp and play with some adorable puppies. The trainer says that the female dog leads the team because she is the Alpha, and is the “brains.” Sarah says, “because the females are the more intelligent ones.” Yes, that is exactly what he just said, genius.

Bella says she really likes this episode because there are lots of babies and puppies. I give her my “gross” look and she says, “but I still don’t like Sarah Palin!” I feel bad for not just letting her enjoy it.

Sarah is wearing the same red wool coat she wore when she was “pregnant” with Trig and pictured in both the Vogue shoot and with the Target dog, late in her “pregnancy.” It fits the same way now as it did then. They take a ride on the sleds — Sarah on one, Piper on the other. Sarah’s sled wins. Sarah takes off on a dogsled all by herself and Piper says, “does she know the brake?” Sarah thinks that seeing her mush alone will make Piper think she is cool. But Piper is totally over her mom, does not even watch, and plays with a snowball. Haha… Piper is my favorite Palin.

We end on a screen that says Bones died between the making and the airing of this episode. RIP Bones.

Next time… Sarah goes Lumberjack!

Thank you, Leadfoot and Bella! Brilliant review!
There was also a very funny live chat going on again during the broadcast of this episode on Palingates – the transcript can be downloaded here. Many thanks to our reader sleuth for capturing it!
Sarah made a few very revealing remarks this time.
For example:

She says she “feels sorry for some of her kids because their mistakes are played out on the front page of the National Enquirer which really SUCKS for them.”

Leadfoot already commented on that sentence above. I just find it incredibly revealing that it apparently doesn’t occur to Sarah that her kids made their mistakes because of bad parenting. We already know from countless occasions that Sarah is unable to admit any kind of mistake or failure, which seems to be a part of her severe personality disorder. So her children’s mistakes couldn’t possibly be her mistakes.
You would think that psychologists would have a field day with Sarah Palin.
The funny thing is: They already had.

“I studied liars and their lies for decades. I found that the vast majority of liars do care about the truth in at least one fundamental way – they want to be able to assure themselves and others that there is something honest about what they are saying. They want to have some wisp of truth to hang onto.

What would you do if you hated a particular painting, only to have the artist who painted it approach you, point to it, and say, “That’s one of my paintings. What do you think of it?” Along with my colleague and friend, Kathy Bell, I actually did research like this. (It is described in professional paper #4 in the book, The Lies We Tell and the Clues We Miss.) A completely truthful answer would have been, “I hate it.” Unsurprisingly, that’s not the answer our participants preferred. Instead, they tried in all sorts of ways to convey the impression that they liked the painting, while still including something that could be defended as truthful. For example, they might tell the artist that they liked the shape of the leaf in the plant in the background – without acknowledging that the shape of that one leaf was the ONLY thing they liked.

From my post as an outside observer, it seems to me that Sarah Palin doesn’t care much about the truth. In that way, she is a very special liar. Instead, Palin seems to love the effect her disingenuous pronouncements have on her audiences and so she just runs with them. Her fans adore her claims about “death panels” and about Obama supposedly “palling around with terrorists” and all the rest. Look at how they roar with approval and fervor when she tosses that red, bloody moose meat to them – how can the mere (non) truth-value of what she is saying ever compete with that? Plus, the fact that her taunts drive her detractors over the edge – well, that just adds to the fun!

Sarah Palin seems to relish the reaction she gets to her claims and complaints. Among her core fan base, the theme that the mean media and the full-of-themselves campaign staffers were unfair to noble, authentic, small-town Sarah seems to be a winner. Whether it is really true is almost irrelevant.

I do love the irony of Palin flaunting her authenticity with lies.”

Well, you might not remember, because this experiment which could be called “exposing Sarah Palin from a psychological point of view” turned out to be quite nasty (for the author), and was probably never repeated for this reason.

“In this space, originally, was a post about Sarah Palin as a very special liar – one who seems to care less about the truth, and about saying things that could be defended as truthful – than the vast majority of liars I’ve studied for decades. I thought that was interesting psychologically; hence the post to Psychology Today.

I have now moved the post, in full, to the Huffington Post; you can find it here. Alan, in the comments section here, was right. I should have posted it there in the first place. The comments the post drew were mostly personal and political, not psychological. My personal e-mail box has also been filled with scathing personal attacks. I realize that the blogosphere is the wild, wild web, and that if I write colorfully, I’ll attract some vitriol. I’m also sure other bloggers have been treated in far nastier ways than I have, so I’m not complaining. I’m just noting that in my personal experience as a blogger (at Huffington Post, since June of 2006; here at Psych Today since March of 2008), this is as scurrilous as it’s ever gotten.”

I just had to think of that, because one of the main reason why America is still being tortured by this ridiculous woman is the fact that there is a little army of nasty Palinbots out there who are just to eager to follows Palin’s perceived demand: Smear the “enemy”, and harass them, if they dare to criticize the Queen in public.
But back to the “National Enquirer”: Funnily, in this episode Sarah basically admitted that the stories that the National Enquirer published especially in 2008 were actually true. I find this quite remarkable.
For a selection of the stories from the National Enquirer, please also revisit our post from July 9, 2010.
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Screenshot Sept 15 - 2008 - Troopergate

Screenshot Sept 15 - 2008 - Pregnancy - secret wedding

Screenshot Sept 22 - 2008 - Vindictive

Screenshot Sept 22 - 2008 - Track Oxycontin 2

Screenshot Sept 22 - 2008 - Bus incident

Screenshot Sept 22 - 2008 - Bus incident 2 and Bristol

Screenshot Sept 22 - 2008 - Brad Hanson affair 1

Screenshot Sept 22 - 2008 - Brad Hanson affair 2

By the way: One of those stories in the National Enquirer in 2008, next for example to Track’s drug abuse and Sarah’s well-documented sexual affair with Brad Hanson was the story that Sarah “banished the pregnant daughter Bristol from their house”:

Screenshot Sept 22 - 2008 - Bristol banished from house

Regarding Bristol’s “banishment” from the house, I would like to repeat what Blueberry Tart wrote in our large babygate post from July 2 (also included in our summary pdf document for download):

“Heather Bruce confirmed (in the book Trailblazer by Lorenzo Benet) that Bristol lived with her while pregnant and while going to Anchorage West HS. This extended stay with Aunt Heather had to be during the 2007-08 school year, because it was reported at the beginning of the 08-09 school year. Inside Edition aired a report on 9/2/08 stating that “Halfway through the school year, about the time Bristol discovered she was pregnant, she transferred to another high school.” The Washington Post reported that Bristol went mid-school-year to live with her aunt in Anchorage, finishing at the city’s West High School.

The principal of the Wasilla High School also confirmed that Bristol transferred from there halfway through the 2007-2008 school year. The National Enquirer reported this as well, with some additional details: “When Sarah found out the teen was pregnant by high schooler Levi Johnston, she was actually banished from the house. As part of the cover-up, Palin quickly transferred Bristol to another high school and made her move in with Sarah’s sister Heather 25 miles away!”

While many people apparently assumed this referred to the pregnancy with Tripp, that cannot be true. It can only refer to the winter 2007-2008 period, which coincides with the Trig pregnancy, not Tripp. Adding support to this conclusion, Bristol herself reported that they told Sarah and Todd about her pregnancy with Tripp “after school was out.” The logical conclusion is that Bristol’s banishment to Anchorage was not for the Tripp pregnancy, but for Trig.”

Back the episode 6 of Sarah Palin’s Alaska:
Naturally, I was pleased that Sarah Palin mentioned the evil bloggers again:

Sarah says it will be “nice to get the heck away from idiots and bloggers who do not like our family.”

Oh, Sarah, that’s rich: As I just mentioned recently, through a little video clip, it’s in your hands to “get rid” of a huge portion of those bloggers immediately: Show proof that you were pregnant with Trig and “eliminate” many, if not most of those pesky bloggers by discrediting them.
You don’t do it?
I know why, and you know the reason for it as well!
Many readers have remarked on the fact that Piper, Trig and other passengers in the RV are not wearing seatbelts while footage shows the RV charging along the road. It is quite clear that from 4.12 onwards that Piper is jumping up and down in the RV while the vehicle is in motion, so she cannot be safely belted up. From 11.07 Trig is also seen standing on the sofa seat without a seatbelt.

Our reader, Joe Christmas, found the following information which makes it clear that according to Alaska state child passenger safety law seatbelts must be worn:
Alaska law says that a driver may not transport children under 16 in a motor vehicle unless the child is properly secured according to state child passenger safety law. Children who are not yet one year old or who do not yet weigh 20 lbs must be properly secured in a federally approved rear-facing car seat.

Once again Sarah Palin’s complete lack of awareness jeopardizes her children’s welfare.

MXM nailed the fact that it is not sensed threats which endanger Sarah’s children but the Palin’s lack of parenting skills which put them in constant peril.

However, I will point out that it is unlikely that any action will be taken against the Palins as it seems that not wearing seatbelts is regarded as a secondary traffic offence and that the RV could only have been pulled over if a more serious offence such as speeding had taken place. Ludicrous? It would seem so to me, but there you have it.



Sarah Palin’s Alaska, episode 4: A reader’s review – Sarah goes for the kill – but, but…Walmart is just around the corner! – UPDATE

Sarah Palin admits that she sends out political messages through "Sarah Palin’s Alaska" – Despite fervent denials by TLC producer Mark Burnett

Sarah Palin and TLC – Perfect Together

By Virgina Voter
Let me begin this post by acknowledging and commending the members of the Palingates community who wrote to Discovery Networks to protest Sarah’s deal for eight episodes. My take is a little more “glass half full”. I would encourage readers to head on over to the TLC website and take a look at their show lineup –
When TLC first came on air, they did shows about women giving birth, life saving medical procedures, and weddings. The network has devolved into a tabloidish look at the lives of the physically challenged, dysfunctional families, and psychologically disturbed individuals with shows like The Little Couple, Hoarders-Buried Alive, and I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant. Often, characters on the network cross promote themselves on other shows. This is where Sarah and the Palin family can really shine, and it is quite literally a marriage made in heaven with endless possibilities for entertainment. For example, the Duggar family (of 19 Kids and Counting) traveled to New York City to visit the Kleinfeld bridal boutique (of Say Yes to the Dress) so Michelle Duggar could get a dress for her vow renewal, and Kate Gosselin and her kids traveled to Baltimore to make cakes at the “Ace of Cakes” bakery, Charm City.

TLC shows
The Palins can provide their unique Wasillabilly charm to many TLC shows:

“What Not To Wear”- Undercover cameras will follow Sarah around in her many “fashion don’ts”. We’ll watch as hosts Clinton and Stacy confront Sarah about her hideous garments and get her dressed in the 360 degree mirror in all her favorite outfits. They’ll rip her to shreds, and make fun of her rose petal jacket, Fidel Castro hat, crushed velvet Hogwarts coat, and purple suede boots. Sarah will have to throw everything away…she will accuse Stacy and Clinton of being evil libruls paid by Axelrod and Obama. The audience can watch in delight as Sarah’s hair extensions are removed. The makeup artist will tell Sarah that less is more, and orange is the color of fruit, not blush.

“Toddlers & Tiaras”- Piper Palin will finally be the one in the spotlight as she competes in the Little Miss Perfect Pageant. Sarah will hire a fabulous gay pageant coach and tell him that she doesn’t believe that he has the right to legally get married. Piper will get a fake tan, fake hair, and fake teeth and sport her mom’s Oprah show hair style. Piper gets perfect scores for her pageant wave (she’s had alot of practice) and tells the crowd in the interview portion that when she grows up she wants to be a common sense conservative, because it pays lots of money. She says she doesn’t know what it means, but that doesn’t stop her Mom. When Piper gets crowned Miss Congeniality, Sarah storms up to the stage to make a speech about the evils of Obamacare.

19 Kids and Counting- The Palin family will travel to Arkansas for Sunday church and dinner with the Duggars. Sarah, Bristol and Willow will get “make-unders” as they are stripped of their high heels,daisy dukes, tight tees, jeans, and makeup and forced to wear ankle length skirts and flats. After church Michelle and Sarah swap labor and delivery stories. Michelle’s jaw hits the floor when Sarah tells her “Wild Ride” fable. Piper cries when it’s time to leave…she wants to stay and play with the Duggar kids, most of her mom’s trips are spent with old people.

Kate plus Eight (Jon’s off the new show)- Kate Gosselin welcomes Sarah to Pennsylvania for a few days of grifting, lying, and general media whoredom. They hang out together tanning on Kate’s front lawn waiting for paparazzi to show up, then pretend they don’t want to be photographed. Kate and Sarah realize they are soul sisters. They both have ghostwritten crappy books. They have a penchant for hair extensions, tanning, working out, and using their kids as props. The dynamic duo have a “who has been on the most tabloid covers contest” and try to one up each other on how much free swag they’ve scored. Kate and Sarah swap tips on how to get other people to pay for everything. Kate decides to start a PAC because she wants to run for governor of Pennsylvania (well not really, but her fans don’t need to know that). Unfortunately, by the end of the episode, they try to out Diva one another, and a huge cat fight ensues.

AND FINALLY- I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant….that episode has already been written.

Sarah Palin on 1 March 2008 !!
Sarah Palin on March 1, 2008

Sarah Palin on 14 March 2008 - Screenshot 2
Sarah Palin on March 14, 2008
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Sarah Palin on March 26, 2008

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Sarah Palin on April 13, 2008

This is just a start to the endless possibilities for cheap entertainment. I have watched many of these TLC shows, and I can tell you that no one comes out looking good. Perhaps the TLC executives see the same potential I do.

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