mardi 19 juillet 2011

So why is she on the cover of Newsweek?

Bill Maher had some choice words about Newsweek slapping Sarah Palin on their cover every couple of months because they think she sells magazines. I'm not sure why they do this. If they're selling male fantasy, why not just put a Victoria's Secret model up there and cut the crap already?

Palin feels like so much yesterday's news these days, now that there's a new grifter Reublican female presidential candidate in town, and yet the media machine still insists on extending her shelf life because it can't imagine a 2012 without Sarah Palin running for president.

Here's the problem, though. Newsweek costs about four bucks at the newsstand. For only another three bucks, you could have taken in a bargain matinee of Undefeated, the cinematic love letter to The Oldest High School Mean Girl In Captivity, and had free air conditioning in the bargain.

Except that Mrs. "I Can Win" can't, if only about 9,000 people showed up:

The film opened in 10 mid-sized cities Friday and grossed about $70,000 for the weekend for a per-screen average of about $5,000, the distributor reported. Based on average U.S. ticket prices, that works out to a very rough estimate of less than 9,000 people paying to see “The Undefeated” in its first weekend.
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The Politico article linked above tries mightily to make it seem like this is some rip-roaring success, but the reality is that a film about the Heather-In-Chief is going to do very well among the red-meat, Rich Lowry Starburst crowd, and nowhere else. Preaching to the converted always does well among the converted. For everyone else, we had her number a long time ago.

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