What's on The Sarah Palin Channel?
Sarah Palin promises that her new subscription TV channel will talk about "the issues that the mainstream media won't talk about." The $9.95 per month online Sarah Palin Channel debuted Sunday.
| New York
Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.
The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on Sunday, bills itself as a "direct connection" between the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate and her supporters, with "no need to please the powers-that-be," Palin says in a video mission statement on her channel's home page.
"Are you tired of the media filters?" she asks. "Well, I am. I always have been. So we're gonna do something about it."
"We'll talk about the issues that the mainstream media won't talk about," she adds.
On Monday, topics included Palin talking about "The Solution to Putin's Aggression: American Energy Development," "Obama's addiction: Other People's Money," and a blog by Bristol Palin.
Palin says she oversees all content posted to the channel. This will include her own political commentary. Other features for subscribers include the ability to submit questions to Palin and participate with her in online video chats.
Membership is set at $9.95 per month or $99.95 for a year.
Palin remains active elsewhere as a Fox News Channel contributor and reality-TV personality.
The Sarah Palin Channel is part of the TAPP video platform, which launched earlier this year.
The launch comes just weeks after an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll, found that 54 percent of Americans now say they’ve heard enough from Ms. Palin. They’d prefer she speak up less, according to survey findings.
This finding fits with what some left-leaning pundits are saying about Palin’s recent call for President Obama’s impeachment, in which she compared the nation to a battered wife. The ex-Alaska governor feels her audience slipping away, goes this theory, and is resorting to increasingly inflammatory speech in an effort to rebuild her influence.
But the article goes on to note that Sarah Palin's appeal to Republicans, especially conservatives, remains strong.
Only about 40 percent of Republicans want her to stop speaking, according to NBC data. That means a majority of the GOP still will listen to what she has to say. That’s a lot of people, particularly for somebody who’s not exactly famous for reaching out to the other party.
Other surveys show she still has a strong brand within the GOP, if not universal support. A Public Policy Polling survey of Iowa in May found that 68 percent of GOP voters in that important caucus state have a favorable opinion about Palin. Among Republican celebrities, only Mike Huckabee rated higher.