Ah, blogs and the things people say in them: Margaret Cho, lately a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars," said in her own on Monday that Sarah Palin forced Bristol to go on the show to help her election chances, etc. etc.
Go ahead and read; I've posted below. My own sense is this sounds like Cho heard something from someone who kind of knew something but didn't know everything - and as people tend to do, they then fill in the gaps with their own ideas and speculation, which ultimately morphs into "fact."
I think there is little doubt Palin encouraged her daughter to do the show because she's said as much - that reality TV is the way to reach the hearts and minds of people who of course will ultimately be voters.
But...I also suspect the book was in her mind too, and of course "Sarah Palin's Alaska" on TLC too. Imagine: "America by Heart" came out the very day of the finale. What an extraordinary coincidence! And fortuitous.
It's worth noting that Sarah Palin has one of the savviest people in the media world whispering into her ear - Roger Ailes, chief of Fox News. If she's listening to Roger - doubtless she is - then the fun is just beginning.
Here's Cho's blog:
Everyone was trying to pit me against
Bristol, but the truth is, we got along
well. She never asked me to babysit Tripp
or anything like that, but I consider her a
friend. So what’s my take on her television
Why did Bristol do Dancing with the Stars?
I heard from someone who really should know
(really should seriously know the dirt
really really) that the only reason Bristol
was on the show was because Sarah Palin
forced her to do it. Sarah supposedly
blames Bristol harshly and openly (in the
circles that I heard it from) for not
winning the election, and so she told
Bristol she “owed” it to her to do DWTS so
that “America would fall in love with her
again” and make it possible for Sarah Palin
to run in 2012 with America behind her all
the way. Instead of being supposedly
“handicapped” by the presence of her teen
mom daughter, now Bristol is going to be an
“asset” – a celebrity beloved for her
dancing. I am sure the show wasn’t in on
this (but who knows anything really).
Although I don’t agree with the family’s
politics at all, I really like Bristol as a
person. She’s warm and incredibly
supportive, and I think that she looks
beautiful out on the dance floor. It’s
heartbreaking that people are so awful to
her about her weight. I think she looks
fantastic, and why does everybody think
they have a right to comment on our bodies?
What are young girls going to take away
from that? If people call her fat what kind
of impact does that have on women who have
similar body types – which is most of
us??!! Still, it is a dance competition,
and so I am sure that people feel they have
the right to judge bodies and not just
ability. That’s just wrong.
Bristol is learning. She improved a lot, in
my opinion. Her tango was fierce and really
the best dance she did. You really do learn
to dance in this competition! I am proud of
her for shaking her ass! But keep in mind
there are other forces at work here and
it’s not just for the love of dance.