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Sarah Palin’s nature show is a reality. Oh gosh.

Welcome to the Twilight Zone.

Sarah Palin spent her brief time in office as the Governor of Alaska repealing laws to protect wildlife and nature. It only makes sense she would be the perfect choice for a nature series produced by the Discovery Channel, that also owns Treehugger and the Planet Green channel. I'm not making this up.

Called "Sarah Palin's Alaska" and premeiring November 12th, the trailer shows Palin cross-country skiing, kayaking, mushing behind sled dogs, driving an off-road vehicle, and more hijinks - some involving bears. It's funny too. Family comes first in the show so at one point Palin tells one of her daughters, "no boys, go upstairs!"

Perhaps, "drill here, drill now" will be in the gag reel. 

Just look what she done-did. 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.

"No lobbyists, only one agenda: family adventure," the on-screen text says for the show. "Step into Sarah's backyard." Nice.

How did this happen? Especially on the eco-conscious Discovery. Seems like they should be debunking it not producing or perpetuating this joke. In Credo's call to action, they claimed "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." And so it goes.

A more likely explanation: Her series is produced by Mark Burnett, who brought us such popular gems like Survivor, The Apprentice and - perhaps this show's biggest inspiration - Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? Zing. There's nothing more I can say about this. She's getting paid a $1 million plus per episode and, call me crazy, it probably will flop because, um, it's going to suck. Hopefully people will figure that out on their own.

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