Sarah Palin’s Alaska and Discovery Channel

A week ago a friend had a go at me for being out of touch with what’s going on around me.  I haven’t been reading newspapers or watching the news for about nine months!  I know I’m out of touch, and it’s been by choice.  I’m sick of all the stories about corruption and misery and child rape and abduction and the general gloom and doom of humanity’s current status.  I don’t believe that watching the news or reading the papers tells the full truth because the media only highlights the bad stuff.   How much value can that really add?  It gives me a very warped perspective of the world; makes me depressed, or angry, and erodes my faith in human nature.

However, my friend made a valid point: if you’re uninformed, you have no voice, and you can’t  contribute where you have the power to.   Can’t get away from that.  Plus, it’s up to me to make sure my faith doesn’t get eroded, no matter what the circumstances.  That’s the nature of faith, isn’t it.

So I guess it’s time to get more informed and involved.  Yesterday I came across a petition to stop Discovery Channel from giving Sarah Palin a voice.  The link comes from Florence O’Reilly on Facebook.  According to the petition,

“… [Palin] is reportedly getting paid $1.2 million per episode to host a television series called “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” to be broadcast on TLC, one of Discovery Communications’ channels. And if Palin runs for president in 2012, a show that provides her the opportunity to greenwash her environmental record on a mainstream, eco-friendly channel is downright dangerous.

It’s one thing if Fox News gives Sarah Palin a platform. But when Discovery Communications – home to the Discovery Channel, the “Planet Earth” series, the Science Channel, Animal Planet, and – gives a show to [her] it undercuts everything the Discovery brand has come to represent…Here’s what Sarah Palin’s real Alaska is:

— She accelerated Alaska’s cruel aerial wolf-hunting program while in office, introducing a $150 bounty for each slaughtered wolf’s forelimb.

— She made a personal appeal to Alaska voters to oppose a ballot measure that would have stopped the immense Pebble Mine operation from dumping cyanide and mining waste into streams that make their way to Bristol Bay, home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world.

When President Bush finally agreed to list the polar bear as a threatened species in 2008 because of global warming’s effects on its habitat, the governor sued to challenge the listing.

Armed with her “Drill, Baby, Drill” catchphrase, Palin called for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Cook Inlet to oil and gas drilling.

With such a disastrous environmental track record, how could Sarah Palin get a nature show on an eco-conscious media platform like Discovery? The answer may lie in Discovery’s COO, Peter Liguori, who joined Discovery in December after a previous stint at Palin’s other TV home: Fox Broadcast Co.

We can’t let an anti-environment extremist like Sarah Palin take over Discovery and spread her “drill here, drill now” message on a science and environment network…”

If this interests you, the link is

Most of us feel a sense of responsibility for how we behave with regards to caring for this planet we live on.  Sarah Palin advocates the destruction of it.   For power?  Wow.  Nice one, Sarah.  Americans definitely need to boot out terrible Barack Obama and vote for her for president.  Absolutely.  No doubt about it.

Scary world we live in.

David Letterman took a swipe at Sarah Palin every night for ages when her book was published.  He didn’t hold back, either, with his series “things that would be more interesting than reading Sarah Palin’s book”  or words to that effect.  He had people bombing themselves, being in car wrecks, shoving their heads into ovens – the message being anything is better than the torture of reading her book.   I eventually started feeling sorry for her.

Not any more.  She offered $150 for each wolf’s forelimb?   Gasp.   And “Drill, Baby, Drill”?



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