Tales from the Trail

Clinton dispels bikini wrestling myths in Australia

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would like the world to know: the United States is not about wearing bikinis and wrestling all day.

Clinton took her personal diplomacy to Australia’s airwaves,  braving a popular radio comedy team who grilled her on potato chips, reality tv and the diplomacy of barbecues.

Clinton’s appearance on the Hamish and Andy show was part of her effort to get in front of as many foreign audiences as possible, and the official transcript released by the State Department makes for some bizarre reading.

For one, Clinton had to dispel some unrealistic notions of American life as conveyed by popular reality shows such as “Keeping up the Kardashians”.

“If you look at American TV as much of the rest of the world does, you would think we all went around wrestling and wearing bikinis.  I mean, that’s what you would think we spend our entire day,” Clinton said.

Palin shops reality show as RNC fear campaign stalks Obama

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Sarah Palin may be about to add another high-profile credential to her resume by taking TV viewers moose hunting in Alaska.

She can already boast about being a mayor, a governor, a vice presidential nominee, a bestselling author — she’s also writing a new book about American virtues and strengths — a TV political pundit and a Big Name campaigner for candidates in the 2010 congressional elections.

Now she wants to be a reality show TV star, too.

One of the most visible Republican figures on the White House wannabe stage, Palin is teaming up with TV producer Mark Burnett to shop a proposal for a reality show based on her family and their life in picturesque Alaska to at least three major broadcast networks.