Mainstream media types are falling all over themselves mischaracterizing a project Governor Palin is working on with Mark Burnett to produce a documentary. Reuters reported Monday, along with the typical inaccurate headline of "Sarah Palin near deal for reality show"
Sources say Discovery Communications has edged out rival A&E Networks in the bidding for the project, "Sarah Palin's Alaska." An agreement could be announced in the next few days.
Although travelogues are on-brand for the Discovery flagship, having Palin as a centerpiece also makes the show a fit for mom-friendly TLC. Clearly nature docs are still viable for the company -- Discovery's latest effort in the genre, the miniseries "Life," just debuted to 11.8 million viewers on Sunday night.
The high-definition program will be shot in a style similar to "Life" and "Planet Earth" and will feature the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate acting as a guide to the Alaskan outdoors. When it was commissioned by the BBC at a cost of $25 million, the 11-part "Planet Earth" was considered the most expensive documentary the network had ever made. Discovery Communications had no comment.That is not exactly a "reality show" now is it? A" travelogue" in the style of the Discovery Channel's "Life" or "Planet Earth" is a little different than watching problem ridden B actors, on their last leg of stardom, self-destruct before a voyeuristic audience.
I don't watch much television but I did catch part of the new "Life" documentary on Discovery the other night. It was interesting and very well produced. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I wouldn't waste my time watching reality t.v. or tabloid gossip shows. Documentaries are a much different variety of entertainment that usually include some sort of educational attributes.
So why do I have no trouble making the distinction between two very different forms of programing while story after story keeps coming from the press that repeats the meme that Governor Palin is getting some "reality show?"... Because I am not a leftist disguised as a journalist pushing an agenda to prospective voters. Unfortunately many in the public still believe an objective press exists but the journalists that can still claim that mantle honestly, are few and far between.
I am not some conspiracy theorist nor am I just some media hater. If you glance at my bio you'll see that I have been in the industry myself (not as a journalist) for a decade. I know these people. They are leftists, they are biased, and they use their positions to push an agenda. They do so with impunity within their own ranks, and they do so daily.
James Carville said in regards to Governor Palin after the presidential election in 2008, that they, the democrats "liked her" and that they wanted to "tabloid her up." So the media being the water carriers that they are for the Democrat Party, repeats the message anyway they can to try to make it 'stick' within the public's conscience. It's dirty, it's deceptive, it's dishonest, and it's not going to work anymore.
Everyday more and more people wise up to the media's tricks. There is too much access to alternate forms of information to let these people go on with their agenda driven reporting without paying a price. Whether they are paying the price in their markets or they are generally seen as having little or no credibility with the people of this nation. I hate to break it to them but the backlash hasn't even begun to hit them yet. I'm in the odd position of working for an industry that, if it ever did collapse, I know it would be just. Personally I would rather see them just change their ways but I'm not holding my breath on that one.
Governor Palin is a savvy business woman. She absolutely loves Alaska and quite obviously wants to share it with those of us down here in the lower 48 and around the world for that matter. Combine that with the talent of Mark Burnett and you have the ingredients to make a great documentary. Nothing trashy, nothing trite, nothing like the image the media is trying to portray. Sarah Palin is much classier, more talented, and a far better person than those in the press could ever hope to be. She is a strong leader, a true patriot, and someone the media cannot tear down no matter how badly they try.