Juneau, Alaska—Republican matriarch Sarah Palin has been a city councilwoman, Alaska’s governor and a vice presidential candidate.
Now Palin can add television star to her resume.
Palin, 45, announced today that she will star in a new reality TV show called Sarah Palin: Power Hunter.
The show debuts this fall on the Fox network. It will feature Palin tracking and hunting fish and game in her home state. Prime targets include moose, polar bears, seals, caribou, grizzly bears, brown bears, salmon, walrus, Dall sheep, black bears, mountain goats, elk, deer, wolves, wolverines, big horn sheep, quail, ruffed grouse, muskox, ducks, geese, ptarmigan, foxes, rabbits, doves, grouse, squirrels, beavers, badgers, raccoons, mountain lions, cougars, lynx and coyotes–pretty much anything with a heartbeat.
“If it moves, we’ll shoot it dead,” Palin said, smiling.
Today’s press conference ends days of speculation about Palin’s next career move following her surprising July 3 announcement she will resign Alaska’s governorship by the end of this month.
“When I said I would leave office to spend more time with my family, I also promised to continue working for positive change in America from outside what I called the superficial wasteful political bloodsport,” Palin said. “Well, I guarantee you, nothing brings about change faster than the business end of a 30-aught-six hunting rifle!”
Guest hunters will be a staple feature of Palin’s show.
One of the stars already lined up to appear with Palin is outspoken conservative rock musician Ted Nugent, a longtime hunter and gun-rights advocate who scored a major hit with his 1977 album Cat Scratch Fever. Fox News’ conservative talk-show host, Bill O’Reilly, will also make an appearance in an unusual episode that features the pair deep-sea fishing for Chinook king salmon with dynamite.
Palin said she has also invited conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh and former Vice President Dick Cheney to help boost ratings with conservative viewers.
Limbaugh’s been the darling of the Republican party–and it’s leading spokesman–since unleashing a series of unapologetic attacks on Democratic leaders earlier this year. In one highly controversial incident that led some onlookers to question Limbaugh’s sanity, he lampooned President Barack Obama by airing an inflammatory song parody called Barack the Magic Negro (see video below). Cheney, meanwhile, remains a hero to many hard-line conservatives despite polls showing he’s despised and feared by most working-class Americans.
But Palin acknowledged her ratings plan might not work.
Limbaugh, who’s suffered from drug addiction and other chronic health problems, may be too fat and unhealthy to fly. And Cheney may be unable to find room in his schedule for filming due to mounting legal troubles stemming from recent allegations that he broke the law during his tenure by keeping covert CIA operations secret from Congress, she said.
If it moves, we’ll shoot it dead. ~ Palin
“I hope the political naysayers and nattering nabobs of negativism that control our national media outlets will leave Mr. Cheney alone and let him get back to what he loves most, which is shooting stuff,” Palin said. She chuckled when reporters asked her about Cheney’s 2006 accidental shooting of a hunting buddy. The vice president accidentally peppered a friend in the face and chest with birdshot after a day of organized quail hunting. Rumors that the hunters had been drinking alcohol were never substantiated, and Palin dismissed any criticism of Cheney.
“Mr. Cheney is not the evil, twisted, demonic, child-eating, deeply paranoid, half-man/half-machine, controlling profiteer he’s portrayed to be, but a true American hero whose behind-the-scenes work kept our country safe from new 9/11 terrorist attacks for many years,” Palin said. “We should be thanking him for his service, not threatening to hound him into federal prison because he may have played a little loose with the law to guard the American people.”
Even without such star power, however, Palin’s show promises to thrill.
The docu-drama will feature a method of swift, highly mobile hunting known as “PTA hunting,” or stalking game from planes, trains and automobiles. Shooters will use high-powered semi-automatic rifles equipped with sophisticated laser-guided scopes.
It’s a controversial way to hunt–fast-paced, technological, and deadly. Palin popularized it during her vice presidential campaign when she revealed she likes hunting wolves while flying overhead, perched in a helicopter. And she defended the use of PTA in the face of criticism from animal rights groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), pointing out that the meat will be distributed to poor Alaskan families.
“On my new program, we’re going to be hunting and killing game with maximum efficiency and moving forward at all times. I believe my show underscores my commitment to restoring America’s economy and ensuring America remains the world’s prime symbol of progress and leadership despite these difficult and troubled economic times,” Palin said.