Fox contributors caught trashing Palin on-air and off
Sarah Palin’s new TLC reality show Sarah Palin’s Alaska is finding critics in an unlikely place: the Fox News Channel.
Leaked video shows a panel of contributors taking shots at the former governor during a commercial break on the show Fox News Watch.
Conservative commentator Liz Trotta brought up a recent column by The New York Times‘ Alessandra Stanley reviewing Palin’s new show.
“Alessandra Stanley had the best line,” Trotta said. “She said the new show is like the Sound of Music without the Nazis, and without the romance, and without the music.”
Almost everyone on the panel laughed and then Fox News contributor Judy Miller piled on.
“Oh, The Washington Post hated it, too, though,” Miller said. “Did you see [Hank Stuever’s] review?”
“It was very bad,” Trotta agreed.
“He said the kind of sound of a voice when warning you to heed the bears — it would actually scare the bears,” explained Miller.
“Absolutely right. Absolutely right,” Trotta confirmed.
“He said you just get the sense that all she’s waiting for when she’s looking at this great outdoors is to get back to her SUV for enough bars to send out her latest twitter about the beauty of the environment,” Miller concluded.
The panelists were not much nicer to Palin on the air.
“The numbers keep going down every time she makes an appearance — her popularity numbers,” Trotta said. “You have to keep track of those. The more you see her, the less you like her, and overexposure is something the Democrats have to pray for. … Plus the fact that they can bank on the timidity of most men, who are so absolutely spooked by feminism that they are afraid to criticize her.”
It’s not the first time a paid Fox News contributor has been tough on Palin’s reality show.
In October, Karl Rove questioned how appearing on such a show could prepare Palin for a presidential run.
“With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of ‘that helps me see you in the Oval Office,'” Rove said.
“There are high standards that the American people have for it [the presidency] and they require a certain level of gravitas, and they want to look at the candidate and say ‘that candidate is doing things that gives me confidence that they are up to the most demanding job in the world.'”
Sarah Palin’s Alaska airs Sunday night on TLC.
This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast Nov. 16, 2010.