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Aaron Sorkin accuses Palin of making a 'snuff film'

Screenwriter says the Learning Channel should be "ashamed" for publishing her "truly awful" reality

American screenwriter, producer and playwright Aaron Sorkin has criticised Sarah Palin of making a "snuff film" referring to the latest episode of "Sarah Palin's Alaska", aired on the Discovery-owned cable TV network the Learning Channel (TLC) on Sunday.

The episode featured the politician going hunting with her father and shooting a caribou.

Sorkin accused the contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination of shooting an animal "for political gain".

Describing Palin as "deranged", a "witless bully" and a "phony pioneer girl", he slammed TLC saying it "should be ashamed of itself" for broadcasting her "truly awful reality show".

Sorkin was responding to a post on Palin's Facebook page in which the former governor of Alaska reacted to criticism of Sunday's episode by accusing her detractors of hypocrisy.

He also said there was not much difference between Palin and the American football player Michael Vick, who was convicted three years ago on dog-fighting charges.

Vick is serving a prison sentence.