John Ziegler tells Ed Morrissey in a Hot Air interview that the E! Entertainment Channel has licensed his documentary film Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted for a planned “True Hollywood Story” focused on Gov. Palin. Ziegler says that Palin supporters may find the result to be a pleasant surprise. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
Q: You documented terrible media bias against Sarah Palin in your documentary Media Malpractice…How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted, and that involved the major news organizations. Now you say E! is doing a “True Hollywood Story” on Sarah Palin which will air April 20th. That sounds like a media-bias nightmare. Should Palin supporters “be afraid — be very afraid”?We agree with Morrissey that it would be ironic if Gov. Palin gets more fair and balanced treatment from the entertainment media than she has received from the "traditional news organization that claims objectivity." Like Capt. Ed, we're most curious to see what E!'s take will be.
A: I totally agree that on paper this would seem to be a disaster waiting to happen. After all, Hollywood tends to be at least as politically biased as the news media, but I have a feeling Palin supporters might be pleasantly surprised.
Q: They have licensed parts of your documentary for use in their program. What do believe the focus will be, based on your interactions with them?
A: They licensed my interview with Sarah Palin for the film in a way that indicates that they intend to use a decent chunk of it. I know for sure that they intended to use her reactions to the condescending Charlie Gibson interview. I hope they address half of the misconceptions about the 2008 campaign that I discussed in my interview with them. I know that even the technical people (which always seems to happen in such interviews) were very interested to hear that the real Palin was very different than the one they have been told about by the media.
Q: If Palin wants to run for President, she will have to address the narrative that the mainstream media have built over the last three years. Is this an opportunity to do that?
A: Assuming the show is as fair as I think it will be, it certainly could be. This show will be shown numerous times on a network whose demographic is full of women who are not political junkies. This is exactly the demo that Palin would have to get a second chance with if she has a chance to beat President Obama.
Obviously she and I have both been burned before by media outlets, but I have my fingers crossed on this.