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Winfrey: “Palin Presidency Doesn’t Scare Me” And?

In Disappearing Ink, Palinography, Sarah Palin on 27/12/2010 at 08:31

Sarah and Todd Palin Kayaking in Alaska (TLC)

Why we should care what Oprah Winfrey thinks about anything, I don’t know, but she is right—well, at least partly right—about Sarah Palin.

Lynn Sherr’s Parade Magazine interview with the media phenom tells us far more about the state of journalism in America than it does Winfrey. In it Sherr proves that hackery in the East Coast media knows no bounds, and that the only people Sarah Palin scares are writers without the talent to dream up an intelligent question.

Here are two of Sherr’s questions:

On Sarah Palin:
“I don’t know her so I can’t speak to [whether or not she’ll be a candidate]. But I would say that America’s going to fall in love with her from [her reality series, Sarah Palin’s Alaska]. When I saw that first episode, I went, ‘Whoa! She is charming and very likable.'”

Asked whether the thought of Palin’s running for office scares her, Oprah said:
“It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public.”

Two words here on the intelligence of the American public, Oprah: Barack Obama.

Never mind that Parade shamelessly hawked the article with a Palin headline; Sherr’s question was sophomoric, if not imbecilic.

One would have to have been on Mars these last 24 months not to know that Oprah Winfrey is 1) a diehard Barack Obama supporter, and 2) not the least bit afraid, regardless of who becomes president of the United States.

How exactly is a Palin presidency going to scare Oprah Winfrey? What’s she going to do, lower Winfrey’s taxes? Terrifying.

But Winfrey is right about one thing. Sarah Palin’s Alaska, contrary to practically every conservative talking head in the Beltway, including Charles Krauthammer and Karl Rove, was a brilliant move for the former Alaska governor and first-tier possibility for the GOP nomination.

First off, Palin’s Alaska is a reality series in that the Palin family is real and Alaska is real. That’s about it. There are no episode-ending reward or immunity challenges, or tribal counsels, and, after Kate Gosselin’s self-humiliating appearance two weeks ago, thank God, no tribal merges.

Speaking of the devil, Sarah Palin’s Alaska doesn’t trot us through the trials and tribulations of a clueless couple who decided that a internationally televised marriage meltdown would make excellent primetime viewing. Super memories for the kids in coming years.

No, Palin’s Alaska has none of that. Not even a serious family tiff. Sarah Palin’s Alaska would be far better described as a travelogue, or, if you will, documentary designed to do exactly what is has done; show that Palin is neither stupid (she actually knows she can’t see Russia from her house), phony or dangerous to anything other than a six-point caribou.

With the exception of a few presidents, some of whom we’d all like to forget, Sarah Palin is the first political figure in modern history who garners press-core buzz when she goes for so much as a manicure. The woman has to do absolutely nothing to draw—almost always negative—attention.

I’ll be honest, if I were the Governor, I probably wouldn’t run. The woman literally has it all: Terrific husband, great kids and a tremendous life in a country she clearly loves. But the very fact that someone like Sherr is so absolutely petrified by the possibility of a Palin presidency, makes me cross my fingers and hope.


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