New York magazine’s cover story, on the business of Sarah, posits that she’s not just following the Oprah path, she’s already bigger than Oprah.
Gabriel Sherman writes, “Though Palin may not like it, she makes money for Democrats and
Republicans alike. Across the political spectrum, Palin is a ratings
magnet. Whenever she appears on Fox News, ratings tick up by 10 to 15
percent. At MSNBC, she’s also a ratings phenomenon, albeit with opposite
adjectives. Tina Fey’s reprisal of her Palin character in early April
juiced Saturday Night Live’s ratings, beating prime-time
programming, a rare feat. Online, right-wing sites like the Drudge
Report frequently plug Palin headlines, while Palin’s presence at
liberal outlets like the Huffington Post and Talking Points Memo
routinely sparks hundreds of reader comments. During the campaign,
people said she could be another Oprah, but now, in many ways, she’s
bigger than Oprah, an empath for people who feel, rightly or wrongly,
that America has forgotten them. “People are drawn to her,” says Fox
News programming chief Bill Shine. “People look at her and say, ‘She has
a bunch of the same troubles I do, there’s a mom who’s there changing
The cover story has set off a battle of the blogs at the Atlantic, where Joshua Green argues that because she’s made so much money, she is not planning to run, while Andrew Sullivan argues just the opposite.
He writes, “The political parties are weaker than they once were. The elites cannot
control grass-roots Internet-driven phenomena. Look at Obama. He seems a
natural president now, but Washington dismissed his chances – as they
are now dismissing Palin’s – right up to the Iowa caucuses. And because
Palin is such a terrifying – truly terrifying – prospect for the US and
the world, I think such complacency, rooted in cynicism about Palin’s
mercenary nature, is far too reckless.”
“The Simpsons” shows its solidarity with the makers of “South Park.”
Don Henley and Senate candidate Chuck DeVore are dueling it out over the former’s contention that the latter’s use of songs in campaign videos infringes on copyright. Henley contends that because they use his songs to mock Barbara Boxer, they are not fair use. But DeVore says that they are a parody, and therefore not infringing.
How did Janine Turner become a tea partier? She’s launched a new Constituting America campaign.