Sarah Palin’s Fox News Channel special “Real American Stories” caused some advance controversy by featuring LL Cool J without his permission, which was a stroke of genius, since otherwise there would have been virtually nothing to say about it.
The former GOP vice presidential nominee turned Fox News contributor essentially just introduced human-interest stories — followed by quickie interviews with those featured — while an appreciative studio audience looked on.
Slickly produced, the stories were strictly Oprah Winfrey territory, with Palin throwing in the occasional Republican talking point — say, like getting the private sector involved — but otherwise devoid of politics.
Palin is such a polarizing figure that it’s understandable FNC would want to cash in on her as much as possible. What Palin got out of this is a little fuzzier, except to remind everyone that, you betcha, she sure does love America — and especially those soldiers “who fight to keep us free.”
In short, much like a Palin speech, an hour’s worth of “Real American Stories” was the TV equivalent of empty calories.
Frankly, I’ve never been more relieved to see a repeat of “The O’Reilly Factor” in my life: It signaled that the show was over.
Update: According to TV newser, even Palin fans had a hard time sitting through the hour, as viewership dropped steadily throughout. Or as Fox News execs probably thought as they examined the quarter-hour ratings, “They’re fleein’ the interviews!”