The last TLC episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska demonstrated that TLC is officially willing to trade truth for ratings. Sunday night’s episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska , included Sarah Palin making two political points. While getting out ingredients for s’mores, she voiced her disapproval of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, suggesting that this was a governmental attempt to control what we eat. In case you couldn’t hear what Palin was saying, TLC was kind enough to provide the text of the comment at the bottom of the screen. Of course there is no law or even proposed law to attempt to control what people eat. Palin made a point of suggesting that Michelle Obama’s fight to encourage people to take personal responsibility regarding weight was somehow inappropriate. We know that the rate of childhood obesity is skyrocketing. We pay with tax dollars for people to have the freedom to eat foods known to increase the likelihood of diabetes, and cardiac problems. https://malialitman.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/sarah-palin-is-a-gargantuan-problem/; https://malialitman.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/palin-is-the-cookie-monster/. Thus Sarah Palin was critical of Michelle Obama for encouraging citizens to take personal responsibility for a problem that affects the people in their private lives, and adversely affects taxpayers.
In the same episode, Palin criticized environmentalists for their opposition to logging and deforestation. Although nothing about Obama was mentioned by Palin, the viewer certainly assumed that Palin was critical of the Obama administration for any efforts to limit deforestation in Alaska. In this instance it was Palin’s total absence of acknowledgement of the attempt by the Obama administration to allow the expansion of logging in Alaska, that was so offensive. Just this year the Obama administration has come under harsh criticism for its approval of the sale of timber from the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. The Obama administration has approved the sale of timber from the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. The 17-million acre forest is the largest stand of continuous temperate rain forest in the U.S. and contains a lot of old-growth trees. This first sale will come after seven miles of roads are built for the 381-acre clear-cut. Either Palin didn’t know or purposefully failed to mention that the Obama administration had worked to limit the laws regulating the limited removal of trees in Alaska. The Obama administration allowed the cutting down of trees, in spite of the knowledge that deforestation now accounts for nearly ¼ of global CO2 emissions in the world. http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/blogs/european-nations-still-push-for-deforestation-loophole.
Thus, TLC is a party to the dissemination of politically charged and factually incorrect information. Shame on TLC!