Suspend for the moment any opinions of Sarah Palin, her politics or her media feeding frenzy. Instead we have an opportunity to watch a show about a family, a mother, a wife and a woman who is not afraid of a little adventure in the wilds of Alaska.
This Sunday night, at 9:00 p.m., “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” will premier on TLC. Part reality television and part documentary on the beauty and wildlife of Alaska, this show promises to be a must see. In the eight episodes we will see Sarah and her family as they explore this incredible state, and get a glimpse into their family life.
“This is not Housewives of Alaska,” Palin said in a rare interview at home on the shores of postcard worthy Lake Lucille. “This is about the uniqueness of Alaska, the special place it is, and showing the rest of America why we are here and what we have to offer.”
While the show has very little in the way of political positioning, its family-friendly content could prove to be a public relations bonanza for this potential 2012 presidential candidate.
Karl Rove has said that Sarah’s foray into the world of television and entertainment is decidedly unpresidential. But is it? When we look back on the past elections and see the platform that this type of exposure presents, we have seen marked success for candidates. Could this be just the boost that Palin needs to plant the seed of a run for the office in 2012? You decide, but either way this show is great family-friendly television, and Alaska is truly a unique and beautiful state. So what’s to lose?
Alaska “is a way to undo a lot of the untruths, inaccuracies and lies about our family,” Palin says. “This is a way to show, as we’re showcasing Alaska, what our family is all about.”
While Alaska may provide some National Geographic style moments of Palin and her family fishing, camping, panning for gold and watching critters, it’s also a family friendly platform to showcase Palin on her terms. “This allows us to get the truth out there,” says Palin. “We’ve been burned so many times. How else can they (the media) kick us? Can they keep saying Trig is not really my child? That Track had to join the Army to avoid jail? That Todd and I are in the middle of a $20 million divorce?”. The University of Idaho journalism graduate says she’s shocked at how she and her family have been portrayed.
Who knows what the future will hold for Sarah Palin and the potential for a presidential run. Her parents are against it, it would mean the loss of income from books and entertainment outlets, and would certainly take time away from her family, but she is willing to do what is right for America, and that’s the first step to greatness. She is certainly someone who doesn’t play it safe, and she definitely calls it like she sees it. Maybe that’s just the shot in the arm our country will be looking for in 2012.
Regardless, I am looking forward to the show.