'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Is it fair for Sarah Palin to slam 'Idol'?
November 18th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Is it fair for Sarah Palin to slam 'Idol'?

I don’t know what Sarah Palin is thinking. She’s taking on the biggest reality TV show today, “American Idol,” while her daughter Bristol is on one of the other incredibly popular reality shows, “Dancing With the Stars.”

Portions of Palin’s new memoir were leaked online just a week before its release, and some of the juicy tidbits include Palin’s views on “American Idol."

In the book, she reportedly calls contestants on the show “talent-deprived” and goes on to say, "No one they have encountered in their lives — from their parents to their teachers to their president — wanted them to feel bad by hearing the truth…so they grew up convinced that they could become big pop stars like Michael Jackson." Ouch!

Clearly, Palin wrote this book before her daughter, Bristol, slipped on those “Dancing With the Stars” shoes, but a lot of people are arguing today that Sarah is talking out of both sides of her mouth! I just have to wonder why Sarah is picking on “Idol” in the first place.

So I’m asking today in our "Showbiz" Flashpoint: Is it fair for Sarah Palin to slam “American Idol”? Post your comments below.

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  1. Craig

    I wanted to add a coment to my previous blog! When looking out of her WINDOW, she could see Russia! Imagine that!

    November 20, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Craig

    Let me begin by saying this about sarah palin! She slammbed American Idol in her book, while seeing Alaska

    out of her window ! She is wandering around without a full deck of cards! I wander what's in her TEA ? Her

    favorite cereal is GOOFY NUTS ! Now about Danciing With The Stars ! Her daughter Bristol pailin seems like a nice

    kid! But as for talent, the amount of talent if put in a thimble would rattle! She knows damn well this is true and

    the only reason she she is in the finals, is because of the republican and tea party votes! Wwe would have tons

    of respect for Bristol if she would have elimited herself several weeks ago, because now DWTS has been discraced !


    November 20, 2010 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Diane

    We can thank John McCain for this. He brought her out of her hole. Now how do we get rid of her. Stop paying so much attention to what she says. Who cares! She doesn't speak for most of the people in this country. You have to know what you are talking anout to do that, she clearly doesn't. Don't forget Vote for Jennifer Monday night. She has truly earned the trophy. Bristol go home and raise your son, get a job, go to college, do something good for a change.

    November 19, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. joe

    She is dumber than a goat's scrotum.

    November 19, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. SKY

    NOT SAY.....

    November 19, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. ann marie

    Palin is a joke. Who cares what she thinks and does. She lives by all the attention she receives.
    She will never, ever be President because she is clueless on so many topics.
    Never liked her, never will.

    November 19, 2010 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. LoJenk


    November 19, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. John

    The cataclysmic end of the world as predicted by Nostradamus and the corresponding end of the Mayan calendar in year 2012 take on greater relevance when the election of Sarah Palin in 2012 is considered. Could the end really be near?

    November 19, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. winter snow

    Does anyone know how kids in Alaska compare in reading, math, and science to the rest of the U.S.?

    November 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sdf

    remember speidi? well the media love throwing wortheless people in our face1 thats why.. some1 shud tell them that palin and her whole family are ppl we dont give a crap abt n the best way to do that is as of now never click to open a post related to the palins and dont watch her show. low rating will get her show plugged, we watch it and read so they report it. lets just ignore her and her dumb hick of a family!

    November 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bill

    Did anyone actually "Read" the book. She didn't slam Idol on the contrary she applauded them. The website pushing the story took one sentence out of a 2 page context. It appears that the author of the post didn't bother to make their own research. But why am I not surprised.

    For the real story go here http://www.conservatives4palin.com/2010/11/governor-palin-applauds-american-idol.html

    November 18, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shelley

    It makes me laugh that these Presidential and political figures are running their mouths at American pop culture when they should be focusing their thoughts and ideas on other worldly events that actually need to be considered and written about. Bush writing in his book about Kanye West being the most embarrasing part of his presidential career and Palin negating the talent on Idol, these people should be doing what their job entails... trying to help out their country and fixing its wrongs and MAYBE trying to help the rest of the world as well... I know they can't pick out any Asian or African countries on a map, but maybe that should be the start

    November 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thomcarl

    She's good for a laugh now and then, other than that she and her family are a waste of skin.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Buy Her Book and Feed Her Success - Never

    I happen to enjoy American Idol. While I admit it does not compare to Sarah Palin's new TV show about her climbing a dirt pile that camera angles went to great lengths to make appear rugged and dangerous while she was secured with a rope pulling her up, it certainly has produced some good talent. Who would tell Underwood she was not a star or of true star quality? However, of course, the book will sell an additional million copies with just this type of crap, which is why it was put in there, making Palin laugh all the way to the bank.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rob Dornavan

    Seems to me Palin is referring to those who never make it on the show but audition and are ridiculed because they have no singing talent yet they believe they do. Many of these individuals have been misled and thus have missed the opportunity to focus their attention on an area of their real talent.

    The difference between Idol and DWTS is that Idol is looking for talented singing individuals, DWTS recruits people in the public eye regardless of their dancing skills and try to make them into dancers.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Elaine

    This one is coming back to bite her in the butt. Sarah or Sarah. Bristol could be called the same on DWTS.
    I've watched Idol since Season 2. I think they have had some pretty good talent, although I think singers today are a dime a dozen, so to speak. It only takes one really successful song to make you some money. Idol has had some seasons better than others, but has crowned some terrific talent.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  17. michael bourque

    She does'nt know talent (just look at her daughter) and she does'nt know politics. I cant believe I wasted time writing this!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Me

    Palin is quite the hypocrite. As the insiders in McCain's campaign said, "She doesn't know what she doesn't know."

    November 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Linda

    It's not a matter of libs or the media acting out here. She's slamming young people who have dreams, and they want to find a platform to make it happen. Didn't she have a history with beauty pageants before? What talent was she showcasing then-a need to be admired? Hmm sounds to me like Palin only likes what gets her ahead.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  20. babycelebs411

    sounds a little double standards to me:) Meanwhile check out our post on the Royal engagement and the message from Pricess Diana

    November 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  21. manderson367

    If it's fair for the "media" and the brain dead libs to slam Palin for everything she does, why isn't it fair for her to do the same thing back?

    November 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      Is this 8th grade? Why is Palin criticizing anyone? It seems to me that for a woman who thinks she is qualified to be President, she is burning an awful lot of bridges by angering all sorts of groups of people, people she will need to vote for her. But hey, Sarah, keep talking. The more hate you bring on yourself, the less chance you will even survive the Republican primaries, and you won't have the millions it would take to pay for your own campaign, not that you ever would.

      November 18, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  22. brad

    I can't stand so-called journalists who use the word "slam". It's so freaking pathetic.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Kenny

    If we donate enough money will Sara Palin go live on a very remote Island off the Alaska Coast?
    No cameras,no cable, no phone lines ....
    What did we do to have Palin 24/7
    did I die and is this HELL?

    November 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  24. tom

    Well she's gotta have that ghost writer fill up those pages of her trash book with something...so let's talk about anything and slam it. Of course....ANYONE who says a word against her, her family or the tea baggers and they're "the liberal gotcha media" picking on poor little me again. SHe is a hypocritical psychopath...and what's scarier is that so many idiot americans worship at the Palin altar and actually buy her crap.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fan of Tom

      very well said. Tom is a minority, he understands the truth.

      November 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  25. JOE


    Uh huh

    November 18, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • cyberpolice

      I believe that you might be "more stupider" for taking the bait.

      November 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  26. ViVi

    Do not vote for Bristol on DWTS –American Idol are for those who have hopes & dreams –Palin is annoying,go away already

    November 18, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Hopes and dreams!! About 98% of American Idol contestants are dillusional idiots. Sarah is talking about those idiots. It is a comment on society. Talk about watching a train wreck, the first 8 weeks of Idol are for sure that. But we watch anyway.

      November 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  27. anne

    Why do we give this woman so much print over NOTHING! She is obviously certifiable–in addition to being insincere, delusional and opportunistic. Not an admirable person nor one we should care about at all. She has done everything imaginable to keep her name before the public short of setting her hair on fire. Give It A Rest!

    November 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • kiki

      I agree with Anne. Let's stop giving her so much press....I guess I have to start with myself by NOT commenting on anymore articles about Sarah Palin.

      November 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Karen

    You know, I know we have a tendency to gawk at a train wreck but can Sarah Palin just go away. She's has always talked out of both sides of her mouth – she's dangerous. Why is she still in the news. She's not in public office in spite of being referred to by a guest of The View last week as Governor Palin. The tea party has hi-jacked DWTS. Why is the media so determined to report on this woman? When and if she runs for president THEN report on her.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  29. cheefsfury


    November 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |

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