Palin’s $99.95 TV Channel: Why Isn’t America Tired of Sarah?

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You can subscribe to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Hulu, Fox, Netflix, and even the Politics Cheat Sheet. There’s a very long list of subscription options when you have extra cash leftover at the end of the month for a little entertainment. For fans of Sarah Palin, now there’s one more.

The former Alaskan governor is launching her own online TV channel where her message can get out unfiltered and unimpeded for the cheap monthly price of $9.95 a month, or $99.95 a year. One hundred bucks and you can have access to the things she hasn’t been able to say on the campaign trail, in her show Amazing America with Sarah Palin, her TLC show Sarah Palin’s Alaska, her NRA rally speeches preaching baptism by waterboarding, or her many, many tweets and public appearances. This is all for just a bit more than Netflix, which of course has entire seasons of entire shows for years and years on end. Decades of TV shows. TV shows that, if watched back-to-back, would take years to get through.

What comes with the subscription? Well, according to Palin, a “news channel that really is a lot more than news. This is a community.” Not just any community, a community that finds “solutions” on everything from how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, to the Trans-Alaskan pipeline, to special needs education, to Obama’s spending “addiction.”

Tweeting on her new channel, Palin discussed the prospect of shedding the limits to her rhetoric. Perhaps one of the best responses to this was pointed out by USA Today in a collection of responding tweets, as shown below.

The channel started up on Sunday and was also announced by her daughter, Bristol Palin, on her Patheos blog, quoting her mother’s announcement from Facebook. “This will be OUR channel, for you and for me, and we’ll all get to call it like it is.” Her ad for the new channel has everything one could hope for. It bashes mainstream media, it bashes Washington D.C., and promises some of the celebrity reality TV infotainment offered in her other outlets, described as the “fun that goes on in the Palin household.” If that’s not enough conflict to draw viewers in, she also mentions that the show will “invite guests to chat with us and share their perspectives,” suggesting that there should be a fair amount of colorful debates.

I want to talk directly to you on our channel on my terms and no need to please the power that be. Most importantly, I want you to talk directly to me — that’s what I’m most anxious about hearing from you. Together we’ll go beyond the soundbites and cut through the media’s politically correct filter,” she says in her ad, below which are two counters. The first is ticking up national debt, and the second is counting down the days left in the Obama Administration (906, if you’re curious.)

But ultimately, Palin has remained as visible and popular as she has — beyond her political career — because there is an audience that demands her type of content. Partisanship is very much the language of today, and with frustration with government at such a height its unsurprising that so many are ready to look for answers for someone they perceive to be like them, someone who tells it like it is and isn’t trying to manipulate them. The appeal that Palin has to some is definable, explainable, even understandable despite all that it’s laced with sometimes under-researched viewpoints.

What begs to be seen, though, is whether or not people will pay — or pay such a comparably steep price — to hear Palin-style rhetoric and only Palin-style rhetoric. If nothing else, a subscription to Palin-TV is a subscription to a plethora of witty right wing one-liners, from “Remember when colonists stood in line to register their muskets? Me neither,” to “Team O loves playing the roulette board with other people’s chips,” and “How many things can you name that Obama has failed at?” All in all, the show promises to be a good time for those who care, and for those who don’t — well, just don’t pay money to see it.

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