Sarah Palin's 'Amazing America': Will It Hurt or Help Her Image? (Video)

Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 08:04 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Sarah Palin's new show, "Amazing America," is just a week away from its premiere, and experts are now wondering whether the reality program will help or hurt the former governor of Alaska's political future.

"Amazing America," which will air on The Sportsman Channel, will "highlight a freedom that we get to experience in America," the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee says in the new teaser clip.

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Some media experts think the show will help Palin stay relevant in the rapidly changing political landscape.

"It keeps her visible," Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University historian, told CNN. "The way she's doing this, through reality television, might be the way politics is moving. Some kind of combination of being active in political arena . . . and acting in reality television might work."

Others feel the show will help strengthen Palin's conservative base.

"I've been very impressed with the way she has used her notoriety and her appeal to get the average American in tune with our government," Crystal Wright, an editor and blogger with, told CNN. "We've seen her grow and find her appropriate voice in the political arena. I'm not surprised she has her own TV show. The role she's had in the grassroots level in getting them engaged in the political process is a good one."

Ben Fergusson, a conservative radio host and CNN political commentator, agreed.

"I don't know if it necessarily helps her expand the base as it solidifies the base," he said, adding that independent voters may turned away by Palin's commercial popularity. "It may alienate others."

Some in the media said that, in order to determine Palin's success with her new show, one simply has to look back to other politicians who dabbled in the entertainment industry.

"I think the answer lies in history. California twice elected actors to run the state. Did [Ronald] Reagan's film career [including 'Bedtime for Bonzo'] limit him? Or Arnold's [Schwarzenegger] movies hamper his political career," Mike Opelka, director of news operations at the conservative, told CNN.

"Amazing America" premieres April 3 at 8 p.m. EST on The Sportsman Channel.

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