The furore around Sarah Palin's new Fox vehicle, Real American Stories, has been well documented . Is LL Cool J in or out? Are any of the interviews real? Is it all a bit ironic that the show's title is Real American Stories?
But has anyone checked out the show's own website? Please do so here .
There are many wonderful things about this promotional vehicle. So I'm going to pick my top three.
1. The Palin introductory video. There's so much here -- the filmic soundtrack, the first line ("As Americans, we aspire to greatness." Really? All of you? How exhausting), the strange moment when she's talking about entrepreneurialism and a guy selling beetroot (?) pulls a funny face. But above all that there's a brilliant, brief moment of synchrony between words and pictures as Palin says "our love of country" and the film cuts to a shot of soldiers firing machine-guns as they pound through an unidentified desert war. It's one way of expressing the love, I suppose.
2. Chase Lucas. One of the videos submitted to Fox and hosted on the site. Wow. This is one patriotic child .
3. The comments. I can't believe they meant to leave the comment thread so enticingly open beneath the Palin film. A choice extract: "Biggest waste of television ever." To counterbalance: "You liberals are pathetic." Yup, there's some pretty hectic debate going on over there . . .