Palin, Oprah Blend Politics and Celebrity

By Andrew Gauthier 


Sarah Palin and Oprah Winfrey will soon be fellow cable-television stars. Palin is launching “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on TLC, and Winfrey is turning Discovery Health into OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network.

But the pair share something beyond extending their brands to Discovery channels.


Both are masters of “infotainment,” where the footing can be tricky. And each has sought to blend partisan politics and celebrity in a mirror image of the other.

Winfrey took her talk show superstardom onto the 2008 presidential campaign trail when she stumped for then-Sen. Barack Obama. Palin, in the obverse, is taking her campaign magnetism and flair for partisan politics to the small screen More…