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Keep up with the Palins as Sarah launches web channel

Tim Walker

Published 29/07/2014 | 02:30

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Former US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has launched her own internet television channel
Former US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has launched her own internet television channel

FORMER US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has launched her own internet television channel, promising to tackle the "important issues facing the nation", while also sharing with viewers some of the "fun" of the Palin household.

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The 50-year-old former Governor of Alaska, 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee and bestselling author announced her new venture, The Sarah Palin Channel, in a video posted on Facebook on Sunday.

The interactive, subscription-based online network will be "a news channel that really is a lot more than news," Ms Palin said. "This is a community where we're going to be able to share ideas and discuss the issues of the day. And we're going to find solutions."

A SarahPalinChannel.com subscription will cost $9.95 (€7.40) per month or $99.95 (€74.40) annually; access to the network is offered free to anyone serving in the US military.

Subscribers can submit questions for Ms Palin and post their own videos on the site.

"I want you to talk directly to me," Ms Palin said. "That's what I'm most anxious about – hearing from you. Together, we'll go around the sound bites and cut through the media's politically correct filter."

To launch the network, Ms Palin partnered with Tapp, a new media group founded by former CNN president Jon Klein and Jeff Gaspin, who was previously the chairman of NBC Universal Television. Mr Klein and Mr Gaspin established Tapp earlier this year as a platform for high-profile people such as Ms Palin to create their own personal channels.

Ms Palin has long railed against what she terms the "lame-stream" media: those outlets that she believes unfairly criticised her 2008 candidacy. The Sarah Palin Channel would be an alternative to those sources, she promised, and will grapple with ideas "Washington doesn't want you to hear".

The website's front page features a ticker totting up the national debt, alongside a clock counting down the days to the end of the Obama presidency. Among the videos already on the site is one entitled "We can't be afraid of the scary 'I Word'", in which Ms Palin argues for President Barack Obama's impeachment.

Ms Palin, who was mocked for her lack of foreign policy knowledge during the 2008 campaign, also posted a video explaining how the West ought to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (© Independent News Service)

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