November 18, 2010

From her new book "America by Heart," Sarah Palin denounces the powerful media folk who exploit young people.

Young people who go on "American Idol":
“On American Idol, of course, these self-esteem-enhanced but talent deprived performers eventually learn the truth. After they've embarrassed themselves for the benefit of the producers, they are told in no uncertain terms that they, in fact, can't sing, regardless of what they have been told by others.”

She goes on to argue that someone should tell those without musical talent who audition for “Idol” that they need to work on their ear-piercingly bad voices before trying out for the show. “Instead, a growing chorus of voices is trying to convince our kids that hard work isn't necessary anymore,” Palin writes.
And flawed, naive Levi Johnston:
"Of course, we all had to bite our tongues - more than once - as Tripp's father went on a media tour through Hollywood and New York, spreading untruths and exaggerated rhetoric. It was disgusting to watch as his fifteen minutes of fame were exploited by supposed adults taking advantage of a lost kid. But we knew him well enough to see how confused he was during that time, and our hearts broke for him and the price he would pay."

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63 comments:

Joe said...

(The Crypto Jew)



I am a Palinista, but couldn’t the same be said of certain folks who are dancing with paid professionals, but not very well? Or not as well as other Dancers, who didn’t make the Finals…

Lisa said...

Umm... I like Palin but isn't that like the Pot calling the Kettle black?

MadisonMan said...

Joe, presumably this book was Ghost-written before DWTS announced its lineup.

Joe said...

(The Crypto Jew)



Yeah, “ghost-written”…I wouldn’t go there MadMan, looking at Obama and Shillary.

MadisonMan said...

My assumption is that any book by any politician is ghost written.

Hoosier Daddy said...

She goes on to argue that someone should tell those without musical talent who audition for “Idol” that they need to work on their ear-piercingly bad voices before trying out for the show.

Well that kind of ruins the whole premise of the show doesn't it? To put forth people who clearly have zero singing talent who can be publically humiliated and berated by a moronic Brit? That's why I don't watch that garbage.

Trooper York said...

Lot's of people who can't sing make a career out of it.

Look at the blogger lady's favorite Bob Dylan.

Trooper York said...

I support Sarah Palin but she is wrong on this.

These kids have a right to try out. They know what they are getting into. It's not a secret anymore.

What she doesn't realize is that everyone in America will have their own reality show. Eventually.

The Crack Emcee said...

Everything y'all have written is true but, seriously, she's right and you know it:

The media is a den of jackals.

And Levi Johnston WAS a perfect example.

The Crack Emcee said...

I mean, he was touched by Kathy Griffen [shudder]

Trooper York said...

You know how I feel about journalists but I think she is wrong about American Idol.

Some people are delusional. You can't stop them from following a dream.

American Idol is mild by comparision with "America's Got Talent."

traditionalguy said...

Every word from Palin whether spoken or written is a political reality show of its own. In truth, being a clown is hard. Silliness is an art form best seen in Monty Python clips. But Sarah is faced with countering the Rovian Mind Control deluge by showing mostly a great serious gravitas, and in effect showing male chacteristics such as judgementalism directed at the children.

former law student said...

Failed Idol contestant William Hung made a nice little career out of being unable to sing or dance.

She Bangs!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo-Y_Vb0wsw

jr565 said...

America likes to see people with talent, but america also likes to ridicule people. And American Idol just combines both into one show. I suppose they could do away with the horrible singers and simply concentrate on the so called talent but that would negate half the reason people watch the show - to make fun of the losers. Plus it separates the really good from the really bad.

garage mahal said...

Hmmm, Sullivan links the same exact portion of the Palin/Couric interview I linked here yesterday. He must read this blog.

Carol said...

"Some people are delusional. You can't stop them from following a dream."

I've been watching audiences from the stage for 40 years and it hasn't always been that way. Back then people were much more circumspect, especially about singing out loud. They deferred to the pros. You could say they were repressed.

Now it's gone from one extreme to the other, thanks to karaoke. Don't know which is better but they do seem to have more fun now.

Drew said...

Everyone needs a li'l Simon Cowell in his life to perch on his shoulder and remind him, as often as necessary, that he's not as awesome as he thinks he is.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Everyone needs a li'l Simon Cowell in his life to perch on his shoulder and remind him, as often as necessary, that he's not as awesome as he thinks he is.

Sic transit gloria mundi

marklewin said...

Sarah:

Keep those attacks on the 'powerful media folks' coming in order to keep the love flowing from your groupies/dittoheads, all the while collaborating with those 'powerful media folks' in the exploitation of your own children/family to advance your personal agenda. Like many other giftedly-sociopathic politicians that have emerged over time and history, you will harm vast numbers of people and benefit few in the process of collecting immense power and wealth.

edutcher said...

Miss Sarah applies the Gospel According to Robert Rogers: Take your enemies' strengths and turn them against them.

And she does it so well.

HDHouse said...

Wow mother/mother-in-law/critic from hell all in one.

I just can't wait for this one to hit the shelves.

Big Mike said...

Well, her heart may have broken for poor Levi Johnston, but I imagine that Bristol's father and older brother probably had to be restrained from ripping Levi's head off.

traditionalguy said...

HD...You could get good money selling your observations to the karl Rove team. They will use any suggestion on how to stop the Runaway Train from Wasilla to the White House. That was good spotting the Mother-in Law angle there. What other hate for women can be attached to Palin? Come on HD, times a wasting.

Trooper York said...

Sic transit gloria allred.

Joe said...

She's a hypocrite and comes off as yet another nanny state politician worried more about superficial messages than the content of character.

She exploited her own children and now asserts that talentless American Idol contestants should be told to get more training. Has she seen the show? They are not only told this all time, this is the responsibility of the contestants, not the producers or anyone else.

(For those who say that the book was written before dancing with the stars, that only reinforces Palin's hypocrisy.)

Hoosier Daddy said...

They are not only told this all time, this is the responsibility of the contestants, not the producers or anyone else.

Huh? Doesn't American Idol have auditions? When they are told at the time they can't hold a tune why are they put on stage? Isn't that the responsibility of the show, to weed out the non-talented? Heck even Jeopardy has a pre-test to ensure the contestents are smarter than Joe Biden.

AJ Lynch said...

JR565 said:

"....but america also likes to ridicule people."

Heh it's one our Top Five favorite pastimes! Let's see , there is football, baseball, worshipping today's celebrities, tearing apart former celebrities and mocking other people.

chickelit said...

Hmmm, Sullivan links the same exact portion of the Palin/Couric interview I linked here yesterday. He must read this blog.

Garage states the obvious.

Joe said...

When they are told at the time they can't hold a tune why are they put on stage?

Have you watched the show? The tone deaf are part of the secondary auditions. With few exceptions, most the contestants that get on stage can sing (and have already passed through several more auditions which aren't televised.)

Still, it's not the responsibility of the producers to lecture the contestants--presumably the contestants have their own free will and enough brains to figure all that out.

(Jeopardy is a show by and for braniacs, so it will filter heavily to maintain it's image. Most game shows are more interesting in charisma and show; they want contestants who are interesting and vet accordingly.)

One point of American Idol is that it's trying to find a diamond in the rough. Several finalists failed their first audition. Some were later called back, others re-auditioned.

Trooper York said...

Hey it does seem kinda hypocritical. We can all get caught up in the switchs. It happens to the best of us.

ricpic said...

In 2012 it will be Sarah and the meritocracy versus Barack and the identitocracy.

c3 said...

Sorry Professor, not going to buy the book.

But gosh, even Politico has gotten into the Palin snark game, though they conveniently do it through a Palin watchdog site.

What the hell is a Palin watchdog site?

Ann said...

Um, "...self-esteem-enhanced but talent deprived performers" and "fifteen minutes of fame were exploited by supposed adults taking advantage of a lost kid"?

You people don't really believe she's talking about anyone but herself, do you?

c3 said...

Like many other giftedly-sociopathic politicians that have emerged over time and history, you will harm vast numbers of people and benefit few in the process of collecting immense power and wealth.

That's about as close as you can get to invoking Godwin's Law without actually using the "N" word

(Not not that "N" word, I meant Nazi. There, see you made me say it.)

peprgirl said...

The point of DWTS is that the partner learns how to dance. In the beginning they didn't have dancers and singers, everyone was a novice.

Now they skew it with people who have dance experience.

Bristol is actually a contestant who fit what DWTS was in the beginning.

Joe said...

(The Crypto Jew)

Like many other giftedly-sociopathic politicians that have emerged over time and history, you will harm vast numbers of people and benefit few in the process of collecting immense power and wealth.

You were talking about Obama, right?

You people don't really believe she's talking about anyone but herself, do you?

Of course, this IRRELEVANT quitter was talking about herself…after all who pays her any attention? Oh yeah, lots and lots of people…especially the Left where she has a large, luxury condo in their collective head, in which they graciously or not so graciously allow Sarah to live

Jim said...

"Bristol is actually a contestant who fit what DWTS was in the beginning."

Yes, except for the "star" part.

The Crack Emcee said...

Hoosier Daddy,

Even Jeopardy has a pre-test to ensure the contestents are smarter than Joe Biden.

Um, you sure about that?

Trooper York said...

Well what Hollywood Henderson said about Terry Bradshaw goes for our friend Wolfie:"He couldn't spell 'Cat' if you spotted him the 'c' and the 'a'."

roesch-voltaire said...

I will bite my tongue on this one and not comment.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Have you watched the show? The tone deaf are part of the secondary auditions. With few exceptions, most the contestants that get on stage can sing

So they televise the tone deaf and have that moron Brit degrade them that way everyone can get a cheap laugh which I guess makes up for thier own shortcomings.

The show is nothing more than a popularity contest with some court jesters thrown in.

marklewin said...

Like many other giftedly-sociopathic politicians that have emerged over time and history, you will harm vast numbers of people and benefit few in the process of collecting immense power and wealth.

That's about as close as you can get to invoking Godwin's Law without actually using the "N" word

(Not not that "N" word, I meant Nazi. There, see you made me say it.)

I don't think my description is exclusive to any one political leader or movement.

Drew said...

The parade-of-losers on American Idol auditions -- yeah, some are clearly in on the joke. But some of the worst ones seem to think they actually have talent, and break down accordingly when their dreams are crushed.

I attribute this to a few generations of obsession with "self-esteem building" in the public school system. Gold stars for everyone. Soccer trophies for just showing up. There are no losers because nobody's allowed to win. Kids come away from the system with an inflated sense of self-importance because no one's ever told them that, no, actually, they won't all become astronauts. Especially not you, Johnny, because you can't do basic math.

(Actually, is "astronaut" a gloried profession anymore?)

No wonder they take it so badly when Simon Cowell speaks truth to their self-empowerment.

Harry said...

She goes on to argue that someone should tell those without musical talent who audition for “Idol” that they need to work on their ear-piercingly bad voices before trying out for the show. “Instead, a growing chorus of voices is trying to convince our kids that hard work isn't necessary anymore,” Palin writes.

I have wondered if hard work could help Sarah Palin with her own ear-piercingly bad voice--maybe voice coaching or speech therapy. I don't mind her that much but her voice drives me up the wall. She sounds like the female Billy Mays.

Drew said...

For what it's worth, I believe Our President's self-assessment demonstrates that he really needed a Simon Cowell Intervention at some point in his life. "No, Barry, you really haven't got what it takes to be President. Not even Senator."

Mutaman said...

"Lot's of people who can't sing make a career out of it."

And lots of people who can't write continue to post. Look at Trooper York!

Trooper York said...

I love you too Mutaman.

Hey where do I go to join your fan club?

jimspice said...

“On American Politics, of course, these self-esteem-enhanced but intelligence deprived politicians eventually learn the truth. After they've embarrassed themselves for the benefit of the base, they are told in no uncertain terms that they, in fact, are not particularly bright, regardless of what they have been told by others.”

She goes on to argue that someone should tell those without intelligence who run for “the Presidency” that they need to work on their mind-numbingly bad logic skills before running for the office. “Instead, a growing chorus of voices is trying to convince our potential candidates that hard work isn't necessary anymore,” Palin writes.

c3 said...

I believe the Professor is conducting an experiment in operant condition. Note the multiple Palin posts over the last few days. And note the diminishing number of comments.

She is extinguishing the behavior. So all of you Palinistas and Palin-haters, run along now.

The Crack Emcee said...

Levi Johnston was touched by Kathy Griffen.

Big Gov't Trickling Down on You said...

No one exploits young people as powerfully as Palin exploits her own kids. She is the expert at that, it would seem.

Big Gov't Trickling Down on You said...

“On American Idol, of course, these self-esteem-enhanced but talent deprived performers eventually learn the truth. After they've embarrassed themselves for the benefit of the producers, they are told in no uncertain terms that they, in fact, can't sing, regardless of what they have been told by others.”

As opposed to the talent deprived performers who get their famous ma and pa to secure them a spot on the show and an army of political fans to vote multiple times, just to piss off "the libs".

These twats are like the fame mafia.

Terrye said...

I think that most of those crappy singers that go on American Idol know they can not sing...and I am sure all sorts of people have told them that. The idea that American Idol is exploiting them seems kind of silly to me.

Cedarford said...

Palin, making a mint of her celebrity, not her talent, as is Bristol - is indeed the pot calling the kettle black.

Face it, Palin is overexposed and is out there as Jesse Jackson and Newt were - compelled to comment on everything rattling through their minds until they just were heard by the public as a steady drone.

As for Idol, overall, being a Finalist is something the large majority of contestants said was worth it. It helped them, sometimes even ended up profoundly changing their lives and made their incomes significantly increase.

Not just the winners, but gifted but flawed young performers that have gone on not just as singer-entertainers, but on stage, TV, even...studying law and landing a good job.

Clay Aiken, Jason Castro, Brooke White, Melinda Doolittle, Allison Iraheta, Jennifer Hudson, Katherine McPhee, Daughtry. All non-winners, all significantly boosted by Idol.

This past season, you had 6 talented but young and flawed performers, who didn't "win" - but have increased their odds of sucessful careers enormously. Tim Urban, flawed and not so talented but in a perfect niche Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens - and 3 truly gifted singers - Aaron Kelly, multitalented Siobhan Magnus, and polished Crystal Bowersox.

All 6 are far better off for their Idol time.

Palin should stick to talking about something she knows about - but I recognize that might risk some dead air time on her Fox commentor job, cut much out of her own reality show, and sharply reduce her tweet fest for Goddess Palin worshippers out ther.

David said...

How does Sarah feel about Dancing with the Stars?

How will it affect Bristol's life, it she wins, knowing in her heart that many danced better than she did?

I accept the Palin family's statement that Bristol made her own decision to go on Dancing with the Stars.

Somehow I think winning (or nearly winning) without much talent will turn out badly for her.

Penny said...

Campaigning for political office and auditioning for American Idol have way too much in common. Both have too many talentless candidates.

Trooper York said...

"How will it affect Barry's life, knowing in his heart that many would do better than he did?

Somehow I think winning without much talent will turn out badly for him."

Fixed.

Big Gov't Trickling Down on You said...

Cedarford gets it. Idol is a great way for the untalented to gain recognition. So Palin trots her daughter out on DWTS to accomplish the same.

Everyone in her life is just a prop - no meaning or talent to what they do, all that matters is being important and recognized. The Republicans have become nothing more than a bunch of robots - no wonder they flitter at the thought of being led by nothing more than a symbolic prop. Rosie from The Jetsons had more humanity than Palin does. And even a traffic light has more purpose.

marklewin said...

Big Truck Wrote - Cedarford gets it. Idol is a great way for the untalented to gain recognition.

Kinda like being picked for a vice-presidential running mate or running for president.

David wrote: I accept the Palin family's statement that Bristol made her own decision to go on Dancing with the Stars.

Somehow I think winning (or nearly winning) without much talent will turn out badly for her.

It's worked out well for Sarah so far.

Big Gov't Trickling Down on You said...

Kinda like being picked for a vice-presidential running mate or running for president.

There's nothing like McCain's reckless disregard for vetting a running mate as incompetent as the one he found.

I mean, don't get me wrong. I'm sure Governor Half-Term would have a continued with such a promising, unbroken career in politics if it weren't for the holding pattern that Channel Redstate keeps her in until 2012. But it's better for Roger Ailes to sideline her there than to use cryogenics. And safer.

I'm sure that in a year, she'll be ready for defrosting.

c3 said...

Like a fly to sh*t, Big Gov't comes in and plops down on a Palin post

Big Gov't Trickling Down on You said...

I'm everywhere, c3. But I'm glad you identify Republican publicity pieces on the irredeemably mediocre Palin as "sh*t".

Anyway, your guys are the ones foisting her on America. In other words, if you think Roger Ailes needs better diapers, feel free to chip in. Less need for us to decompose right-wing carrion and fertilize political opposition off its flesh.

BTW, what the heck does "c3" stand for? I did some GOOGLE searches. Cleveland Community Church? Clemson Construction?

Colorectal Cancer Coalition?

Oh that's right. Flies to shit.

Carry on, my fair Doctor of Parasitology.

section9 said...

Oh take a long walk off a short pier, Big Gov.

After the disaster you clowns have foisted on us, and Administration run by Downfall Parody Hitler would be looked upon like the age of Pericles compared to the Cult of Personality we have now.

For her part, Palin actually went on to praise Simon Cowell for actually establishing standards in an age where there were fewer and fewer. That's what the Perfesser did not post, and quite frankly should have. Cowell's important role in Idol is to be the ageless totem of standards against which dreck cannot pass.

Sadly, you progressives got dreck past the American people in 2008, and look where we are now. You claim that Palin is an affront to what little standards you have because, quite frankly, the only standards you have are those which gain you political power.

Palin threatens that, and so you go on to make shit up about her exploiting her children or faking her pregancy or some such nonsense. In reality? Progressive liberalism is a monumental social failure, and has been roundly rejected by the electorate. It's time is coming to an end.

Deal with that. Progressives, your God has failed, becuase your God was a lie in the first place.