Aaron Sorkin blasts TLC for Sarah Palin reality show

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. (Evan Agostini/associated Press)
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Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 8, 2010; 9:55 PM

Sarah Palin is "deranged" and Silver Spring-based cable net TLC "should be ashamed of itself" for airing a program that's all about her - particularly this past Sunday's episode in which she "hunted, killed and carved up a Caribou during a segment of her truly awful reality show 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' on The Now Hilariously Titled Learning Channel," screenwriter/producer Aaron Sorkin said Wednesday.

"In Her Defense, I'm Sure the Moose Had It Coming," said Sorkin, blogging on the Huffington Post.

Sorkin appears not to have gotten the memo in which TLC - home to such series as "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant," "Hoarding: Buried Alive," "Toddlers & Tiaras," "19 Kids and Counting" and "DC Cupcakes" - officially declared it's no longer channeling learning. These days, the "T," the "L" and the "C" in the basic cable network's name do not stand for anything in particular, the network insists, though its logo includes the words "Live and Learn," so at least they own their mistakes, preemptively.

Maybe we can come up with a new name for the network that, since Nov. 14, has been telecasting Palin's animal-extermination epic - two weeks ago she went fishin' for halibut with her "Dancing With the Stars" runner-up daughter Bristol, fondling the still-beating heart out of one, to share with viewers at home.

Sorkin is well known for his work in the political-drama genre - he's the guy who wrote the screenplay for the flicks "The American President" and "Charlie Wilson's War." Sorkin's also the guy behind NBC's critically acclaimed White House drama "The West Wing." These days, he's adapting Andrew Young's book "The Politician," about former senator John Edwards, into a flick, which will also mark Sorkin's movie-directing debut.

"I'm able to make a distinction between you and me without feeling the least bit hypocritical," Sorkin blogged, getting back to Palin and her series on TLC. (Torturing Lesser Creatures?)

"I don't watch snuff films and you make them," Sorkin told Palin. "You weren't killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals. I can make the distinction between the two of us but I've tried and tried and for the life of me, I can't make a distinction between what you get paid to do and what Michael Vick went to prison for doing."

Vick, of course, is the now Philadelphia Eagles quarterback who did time for engaging in organized dogfighting for gambling purposes - and then got his own reality series in which he could rehab his image. That reality series was called "The Michael Vick Project." It did not air on TLC. (Tender Loving Channel?)

Instead, BET bought the Michael Vick gem.

Sorkin did not come up with the snuff-video gag all on his own; the group In Defense of Animals had already given that label to the halibut episode.

But, back to his blog:

"So I don't think I will save my condemnation, you phony pioneer girl," Sorkin continued, now on a roll.

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