Report: Sarah Palin to host show on Sportsman Channel

posted at 9:11 pm on December 9, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

On one hand, this sounds like something I’d watch, ala “Only in America” with Larry the Cable Guy, which is quite good and garners more than double the viewers of CNN primetime. On the other hand, I kind of wish it were called “Sarah Palin’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Shootin’ Rodeo Across America” just to mess with people:

The former vice presidential candidate will host a new show on Sportsman Channel.

Titled Amazing America With Sarah Palin, the weekly series will premiere in April 2014. It’s described as an “anthology of stories that explore some of the most original, interesting – and sometimes inspiring – people, places and pastimes connected to America’s outdoors lifestyle.”

There are plenty of interesting stories in America’s beautiful outdoors to be had. This kind of thing counts on execution coupled with a game and charming host. “Dirty Jobs” wouldn’t last a second if Rowe weren’t jumping in septic tanks and rendering factories to get his hands dirty. And, even with a colorful host, “Only in America” wouldn’t work if they weren’t finding truly interesting stories and executing them in a fun way. Without them, you end up with something like public TV’s “California Gold,” with Huell Howser, God rest his very kind soul.

Presumably there will be hunting and fishing, etc., but there’s a real chance to illuminate the lives of Americans TV doesn’t usually care much about. And, when you do it well, people watch. Please see the aforementioned “Only in America,” “American Pickers,” or “Duck Dynasty.” All three engage in a little hokey fun, indulge a few stereotypes, and employ their share of reality-show formula, but it’s all affectionate and puts a spotlight on a side of American life Lena Dunham can never write.

Palin could join a group of young women hunters, for instance— a growing and badass demographic that gets criminally less favorable coverage than say, Moms Demand Action.

In recent years, American women are spending more time in tree stands and deer blinds—and putting fresh meat on the table. Although men still account for the majority of the 13.7 million U.S. hunters, the number of women actively hunting is on the rise.

The total number of women hunters surged by 25 percent between 2006 and 2011, after holding steady for a decade, according to Census Bureau statistics. At last count, 11 percent of all U.S. hunters were women, compared to 9 percent in 2006.

Many state departments of natural resources have begun hosting Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshops that offer instruction in skills such as archery, shotgun, and rifle shooting.

Heck, she could join Miss Kansas Teresa Vail, soldier and hunter extraordinaire. Enjoy your ratings:

The role of women in hunting got some high-profile publicity during the most recent Miss American competition when it was revealed that Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, intended to demonstrate her archery skills in the talent portion of the event.

The Miss America organization refused to allow Vail to shoot, citing the default liability/​legal risk/​insurance reasons, but Vail’s skills as a hunter quickly made her a prominent topic of conversation.

The American public quickly learned that Vail, a blonde who certainly met the beauty criteria of the pageant, is a skilled shot with a rifle, an expert in the use of the bow and arrow, and an accomplished hunter. She is also a sergeant in the U.S. Army, an expert marksman with an M-16 at her shoulder, and she can skin a deer as well as any guy can.

Vail said recently that she wants to “promote the involvement of women in the great outdoor activities of hunting.” She has coordinated and conducted all-girls archery clinics. “I hope to empower and encourage women to join into these male dominated sports, encourage their independence from men while boosting their confidence and inner strength,” Vail said.

The National Geographic touches on a how women hunters and the local food movement may sit at a political and cultural crossroads of right and left, scrambling expectations with urban liberals in Portland who hunt rabbits for dinner and rural women in Nebraska who hunt deer and duck to feed their families. Women remain largely the food planners and gatherers for their families, and many of them want local produce and meat when possible. When it’s not for sale, what can they do?

Women are also leading a surge of support for sustainable food and agriculture initiatives like CSAs and farmers markets. One of the main ideas of such initiatives is eating locally, generally meaning foods produced within your state or about 100 miles of your home. This not only supports the local economy and environment, it also means the food often tastes better because it can be harvested and sold at its peak rather than spending days in transport.

But in many parts of the country, local meat can be difficult to find. Most of the available meat at U.S. grocery stores comes from one of the large-scale commercial farms, often called factory farms, concentrated in a few regions.

Hunting offers an alternative to the grocery store that lets women provide truly free-range and organic meat for their families while also helping create a more sustainable food system, says Lily Raff McCaulou, author of Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner.

When the vast, beautiful middle of our country gets some attention, the results can be stunning. The New York Times took a break from reporting on things that happened on “Say Yes to the Dress” three years ago to publish this beautiful photo essay and article on life in the actual, literal middle of our country. I want to go there. Sarah Palin can, with a documentary crew. Go forth, Sarah!

Click through and enjoy. Note Jordan Budd, a girl and her bow:

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Bmore on December 10, 2013 at 1:46 PM

And let’s get real “Going Rogue” was huge in 2009……because people thought she was going to run for President in 2012……and she was “new”.

She pretty much pissed that away, and now as someone said, she’s a D-lister on a channel basically no one watches.

While the country goes down the toilet…….awesome.

PappyD61 on December 9, 2013 at 11:26 PM

You sound angry. What does she owe you? What do you *think* she owes any of us?

After what was done to her (and her family), why do you begrudge her the opportunity to make a few bucks and enjoy life?

It sounds like you want her to be a martyr for the cause, one of which you aren’t stepping up to be “Palinized” for. If I’m mistaken, my apologies, but I don’t recall reading about PappyD61′s emails and family being trashed in the Slimes front page.

kim roy on December 9, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Given all that Palin did in the 2010 and 2012 elections to help boost the Republicans in Congress, I don’t think any of us have a right to complain that she didn’t run for president.

If Romney hadn’t been such a bad candidate, he might have had the sense to get her to campaign for him. We just might be talking about President Romney today.

She put her focus where it needed to be. She’s done plenty. Don’t blame her for not doing what you wanted.

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 10, 2013 at 1:47 PM

On your way to drowning of course. Lolz!!!

Bmore on December 10, 2013 at 1:47 PM

She’s going to be great on SportsCenter.
 
Oh, wait.

rogerb on December 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Or should that read, “drown on your way to starving”? Yes, that’s much better.

Bmore on December 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Because I am in a particularly charitable mood today. A little something for all you haters.!

Bmore on December 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM

I support Sarah Palin because she is a good wife, a good mother, and a crack shot.

Politics runs pretty far behind these things.

ajacksonian on December 10, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I like Sarah, and I would like to see that “Rootin’ Tootin’” slant. A little outrageous and proud of being part of a robust, sometimes irreverent culture that has some strong internalized standards that can be very, very serious.

Show her to be more than a cheerleader for the great outdoors, show her to have a critical eye every now and then. Show that these pastimes to be more than fluff, that they relate to survival both micro and macro.

She was a governor that made hard decisions. Show that the ability to make hard decisions is more likely to come from taking risk and learning from the experience, than pedalling around Nantucket in spandex

Limpet6 on December 10, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Maybe it can be a real “reality” show where, every week, she invites some concerned leftist millenial type to live outdoors in a tent with Grizzlies, or actually run the Iditarod (sans gun), since global warming is making it tough to get to Nome.

I’ll subscribe.

WryTrvllr on December 10, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Luv ya Sarah but I won’t be paying an additional buck to include another channel in my worthless choices in cable. Why should I pay to watch the outdoor stuff we got for free for decades every Saturday(and still do)?
Beside the super-macho competitive distortion in hunting is a turnoff to this old timer.

Now its got to be grand-slam multi-state, multi-country, multi-species show, some exotics etc. Competition just corrupts that man in nature peace thing in my book.

Give me a rabbit hound a 20 ga.or a tree stand and bow and that’s the pinnacle–all else becomes fluff, Sarah or not.

Don L on December 10, 2013 at 9:55 AM

You’re absolutely right…except, those shows introduce more people, and especially women, to hunting than the NRA ever could, which allows you to pursue bugs bunny for far more years than otherwise.

Plus, it is an absolute joy watching people like the trolls here react (as happens in many restaurants now what with all the damn TVs and all) like satan in his rage after the crucifixion in the movie “the Passion”, when they show the quarry take the hit. It’s mesmerizing!

WryTrvllr on December 10, 2013 at 4:35 PM

JMPO but I think Gov Palin has realized that the level of unreasonable hate many on the left have for her has eliminated any real possibility of getting elected for public office. She excels at retail politics but unfortunately it’s hard to keep fighting the system of politics. How many of us would want to have to endure the attacks she has?

The woman obviously wants to be active and this type of program seems to fall right in her area of personal interest. Doing this type of program would give her the time and visibility to stay involved in politics. The whiners who trash her because she’s not running- they’re entitled to their opinion but you have to wonder if they’re out on the frontline. Seems like she wants to be able to give her input/opinion regarding political issues just like the rest of us.

katiejane on December 10, 2013 at 4:55 PM

There is another point to be considered regarding Palin’s reticence to jump into a political campaign. Running for a national office takes big bucks. Those people who contribute big bucks to GOP candidates don’t do it because they care about the country. They do it because they expect special treatment. Since Palin has a history that shows she can’t be bought, the major donors have no interest in supporting her. That’s what national politics is all about- Quid pro quo.

NoNails on December 10, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Her star does seem to be faded a bit lately

DarkCurrent on December 10, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Her star does seem to be faded a bit lately

DarkCurrent on December 10, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Sorry dude, her “star” looks brighter then ever..:)

idesign on December 10, 2013 at 6:41 PM

I have a better TV show for the Cuda:

“American Militia”

Join Gov. Sarah Palin as she parachutes into a midwestern suburb. Her goal: To whip a bunch of betas into alphas, to mold them, twist them, lead them….to the best prepared 2nd Amendment loving force for freedom in the domestic USA.

Watch how the Cuda uses her leadership skills to convince an old folks home to give up there facility for the HQ. Watch Todd dig trenches with a green beret contractor to form a kill zone approach to their….Property.

Watch Sarah show them how to dry their fish, tell the young kiddies stories from Alaska, and be an inspiration to them all.

It’s here, it’s now…its

American Militia

(that TV show would be a hit and drive those duck guys out of business)

:-)

KirknBurker on December 10, 2013 at 6:55 PM

How many watch this channel? A couple of thousand on a good night

Palin had real political talent. Shame she thew it away, but she’s made $ and that’s fine

But I really wish she would keep her mouth shut on the political front.

People on this board understand more about domestic and foreign affairs than she will ever know.

Redford on December 10, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Sorry dude, her “star” looks brighter then ever..:)

idesign on December 10, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Not really.

DarkCurrent on December 10, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Sorry dude, her “star” looks brighter then ever..:)

idesign on December 10, 2013 at 6:41 PM

The last time Sarah Palin had her own TV series (“Sarah Palin’s Alaska”), it aired on TLC, which is available in 97 million homes.

Sportsman Channel is available in only 31 million homes.

J.S.K. on December 10, 2013 at 7:56 PM

SP>>>*

teh ent

Murphy9 on December 10, 2013 at 8:42 PM

The last time Sarah Palin had her own TV series (“Sarah Palin’s Alaska”), it aired on TLC, which is available in 97 million homes.

Sportsman Channel is available in only 31 million homes.

J.S.K. on December 10, 2013 at 7:56 PM

So, I’m not talking about show…LOL

idesign on December 10, 2013 at 8:57 PM

This kind of thing counts on execution coupled with a game and charming host. [...] Without them, you end up with something like public TV’s “California Gold,” with Huell Howser, God rest his very kind soul.

Hey! California’s Gold was – to borrow one of Huell’s favorite words – amazing! I liked all of his series (Parks, Missions, etc.)… to each his own, I guess!

flush_explorer on December 10, 2013 at 9:45 PM

and she can skin a deer as well as any guy can

maybe a little one

Axe on December 9, 2013 at 9:20 PM

and she can skin a deer as well as any guy can

…so can I but the great thing about NOT being a guy is, as a female, you get to look at the guy and say, “OK, YOU do it.”

Same thing with cleaning fish.

If left to my own devices, yes, I can skin a deer and I can clean fish but I like to let someone else do it when they’re available. So I don’t have to.

Lourdes on December 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I kind of wish it were called “Sarah Palin’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Shootin’ Rodeo Across America” just to mess with people:

Hahaha, well said.

Lourdes on December 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Which is why you leftie trolls cruise the ‘net looking for every mention of her name, right?

ddrintn on December 9, 2013 at 9:40 PM

In reality, that’s what you and idesign, among others from the Palin site/s do.

You show up here if and when there’s some post mentioning Palin, or someone mentions her in comments, and rarely at any other time.

Just saying, your trollage is showing.

Lourdes on December 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Anyway, I’ll give Palin’s new show a view, with interest and an open mind.

I enjoy hunting/outdoor/gear shows very much so am always entertained by good ones.

Waitin’ to see…

Lourdes on December 10, 2013 at 10:47 PM

You show up here if and when there’s some post mentioning Palin, or someone mentions her in comments, and rarely at any other time.

Just saying, your trollage is showing.

Lourdes on December 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM

BS, I posted on three threads today…

But you’re right, I’m a Palin supporter..:)

Deal with it.

idesign on December 10, 2013 at 11:27 PM

But I really wish she would keep her mouth shut on the political front.

People on this board understand more about domestic and foreign affairs than she will ever know.

Redford on December 10, 2013 at 7:37 PM

When did you run for and get elected to any political office based on your superior knowledge of domestic/foreign affairs?

Please share with the rest of us what authority gives you the right to decide who can join political discussions? Ever consider that others might think you should keep your opinion about politics to yourself?

katiejane on December 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

But I really wish she would keep her mouth shut on the political front.

People on this board understand more about domestic and foreign affairs than she will ever know.

Redford on December 10, 2013 at 7:37 PM

What people on the board do understand is that because she didn’t keep her mouth shut and got involved on the political front that Ted Cruz and Mike Lee were elected to office. I pray she stays involved, we need her.

Buttercup on December 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM

In reality, that’s what you and idesign, among others from the Palin site/s do.

You show up here if and when there’s some post mentioning Palin…

Lourdes on December 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM

So does everyone else, at least those who weren’t totally driven away by the Mittbot Reign of (T)Error here over the past couple of years. And I commented on a couple of other non-Palin threads today.

ddrintn on December 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Sorry dude, her “star” looks brighter then ever..:)

idesign on December 10, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Not really.

DarkCurrent on December 10, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Who else is there? Christie? LOL

ddrintn on December 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

How many watch this channel? A couple of thousand on a good night

Palin had real political talent. Shame she thew it away, but she’s made $ and that’s fine

But I really wish she would keep her mouth shut on the political front.

People on this board understand more about domestic and foreign affairs than she will ever know.

Redford on December 10, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Caribou Barbie is a joke. Kinda like Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

I far prefer them to the likes of liberal feminist morons, but the MENSA they ain’t. Not by a margin.

Palin is, I am inclined to believe, a very good human being. But her intellectual capital is the definition of paucity.

Dunce. Duck Dynasty Stupid. Hee-Haw. A Pepsi-swilling NASCAR Mom.

I’ll take her over Joy Behar 7 days a week, but I’d NEVER vote for either of them.

thejackal on December 11, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Caribou Barbie is a joke

thejackal on December 11, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Really? Thank you for repeating the neo-Marxist troll line of attack.

Culture is upstream of politics. Change the culture, change the politics.

Watch … despite the hack attacks … this show will likely turn out to be a great success for a cable network that already can be seen by 31 million households across America.

john.frank on December 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM

neo-Marxist troll line of attack.

Dear John Frank:

When you have a chance between sniffing the fumes from your 12-guage, take a breather and read an improving book. Marcus Aurelius. David Hume. Anything other than your Bibble.

“neo-Marxist line of attack?” Did you go to college and get that, or did one of your Duck Dynasty pals donate it?

Palin is an imbecile. She will never sit in the White House. She is so stupid, even Barack “I am impervious to the truth” Obama eclipses her. If she were in Catherine Sebelius’s job, she’d put White-Out on the computer screen. When a 3rd rate hack like Katie Couric can dominate CARIBOU BARBIE in several interviews, then it’s time to recognize a tree-stump-stupid gash when you see one.

You just keep jacking off over little Miss “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” and enjoy the superstitious echo chamber effect.

The rest of us are kinda sorta worried about the country.

thejackal on December 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

It does bigotry with great panache.

Murphy9 on December 11, 2013 at 7:18 PM

The rest of us are kinda sorta worried about the country.

thejackal on December 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

F off you moronic establishment squish.

When you say the rest of us who are you including, Karl Rove and the fat man from NJ? LOL

idesign on December 11, 2013 at 8:05 PM

neo-Marxist troll line of attack.

Dear John Frank:

When you have a chance between sniffing the fumes from your 12-guage, take a breather and read an improving book. Marcus Aurelius. David Hume. Anything other than your Bibble.

“neo-Marxist line of attack?” Did you go to college and get that, or did one of your Duck Dynasty pals donate it?

Palin is an imbecile. She will never sit in the White House. She is so stupid, even Barack “I am impervious to the truth” Obama eclipses her. If she were in Catherine Sebelius’s job, she’d put White-Out on the computer screen. When a 3rd rate hack like Katie Couric can dominate CARIBOU BARBIE in several interviews, then it’s time to recognize a tree-stump-stupid gash when you see one.

You just keep jacking off over little Miss “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” and enjoy the superstitious echo chamber effect.

The rest of us are kinda sorta worried about the country.

thejackal on December 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

When I read this kind of tripe, it tells me far more about the commenter.

There are legitimate criticisms of Palin, as of everyone, but if you think she’s stupid, you’re … kinda stupid.

There were plenty of people calling Reagan stupid back in his day, and plenty of people calling George W. Bush stupid. What that usually means is that these people have an image of themselves as intelligent, and badly need to be able to sneer at others.

To be fair, there are some stupid people in politics. I seriously wonder about Hank “Don’t tip Guam over” Johnson and Sheila Jackson Lee … nearly any time she’s actually trying to make a point.

But most of the time, calling someone stupid is just an attack that means nothing.

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 12, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Sportsman Channel is available in only 31 million homes.

J.S.K. on December 10, 2013 at 7:56 PM

And Netflix/Amazon Prime/Youtube et al is availabe in ANY home worldwide with high speed internet, which means that within a week of each showing, people can tune into Youtube for excerpts and the full season on demand a short time there after.

Your point? Your mindset probably sided with the producers that tried to get Duck Dynasty to spice up their language to draw more viewers. Sometimes media CW is just wrong. There’s a few other shows, including American Chopper that I liked, emphasis, liked, but turned off by the abusive language and over the top drama, so i don’t watch – just too many damn negative waves…

AH_C on December 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

idesign on December 11, 2013 at 8:05 PM

His words identify thejackal as either a Ron Paul supporter, an arrogant AH, or a liberal troll- none of which are appealing.

katiejane on December 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

His words identify thejackal as either a Ron Paul supporter, an arrogant AH, or a liberal troll- none of which are appealing.

katiejane on December 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Wrong on all counts. You idiot.

thejackal on December 12, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Cant understand the liberal vile hatred and insults every time Sarah Palins name is mentioned

when the simple question is why do you libs hate her so much

she has done nothing to you

obama on the other hand has

raised taxes
spied with the nsa
put your lives in danger by doing illegial gun running (fast n furious)
run up the debt to where you WILL be paying higher taxes.

raised your health costs and restricted your access to the health care of your choice
oh and had the epa not only kill thousands of jobs but raise your utility bills.

sniffles1999 on December 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM

sniffles1999 on December 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM

According to Chris Muir at daybyday.com (political cartoon), the FBI has been busted deactivating the green ON light on web cams and turning the cameras on remotely, spying on people in their own homes.

What a scumbag presidency this truly is!

Whenever I hear a lib trumpeting how great Hussein is, I want to beat them senseless (but they already are).

thejackal on December 12, 2013 at 5:37 PM

the show will bomb just like her new book…

DBear on December 9, 2013 at 9:19 PM

You’re probably right, the show’s success is likely to be similar to that of her latest book.

Which debuted at #9, and has remained in the top 25 for the three consecutive weeks since its release.

I was going to say that it was a nice try for a part-time troll, but that would have been untrue.

Freelancer on December 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

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