Sarah Palin's Alaska disinvited a media critic from its podcast this week — because organizers were worried about what Palin supporters might do if they got too riled up.
Jennifer Pozner, author of Reality Bites Back (from which we published an excerpt last month), was all set to appear on TLC's Talkback Live podcast after Sunday's episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska. Then Pozner wrote a blog post detailing her past and present criticisms of the show: "I've called it a series-long unpaid political advertisement, helping a potential presidential candidate brand herself in exactly the down-home, family-values-having, rugged individualist image she has always favored for herself and her family. I've also been extremely critical of the abject glee the show takes in depicting hunting and fishing in as violent a way as possible, complete with extended scenes of the Palins gutting bloody animals and aggressively beating fish to death with bats." And suddenly, Pozner was no longer welcome on the podcast. Is it because the organizers of the show can't handle anybody even mildly badmouthing Palin? Well, not exactly.