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Sarah Palin was not on Oprah's Tuesday show after all

So there we were in our slippers, sweatshirt and jeans, wide awake all perky-like, notebook at the ready, prepared to take down most every revealing word that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was going to tell Oprah on her TV show Tuesday.

There had been so very much hype about the Republican pitbull from Alaska finally confronting the most famous backer of Democrat Barack Obama on national television for a thoughtful, woman-to-woman discussion of her new book, what it meant for the future of American politics and what it was really like as a female wearing lipstick inside the doomed McCain presidential campaign run by a bunch of chain-smoking white guys.

First of all, we noticed Oprah's guest had ditched those famous modish eyeglasses. Her hair was blonde this year. But these things can change often with women and professional wrestlers.

Oprah Jenna Jameson 11-17-09

Oprah's guest clearly rejected the idea of wearing a confining pantsuit in public. Her short skirt went right up there around Nebraska. The hair hung down to the Dakotas. And Oprah's questioning seemed a little off-target too for a political interview.

The two women got along well, though. Then, they hit on some puzzlingly explicit topics that you don't normally hear much of in interviews of unindicted politicians.

The guest had written a book a while back called "How to Make Love Like a Porn Star," which wasn't exactly the title we had expected based on the advance publicity for the former Republican VP candidate.

The guest said women are actually her biggest fans and come up to her all the time, saying things like, "Thank you so much. You taught me how to give my husband _______.  And he really loves it."

Well, as you may have guessed by now, it turns out that Oprah's guest Tuesday wasn't Sarah Palin after all. Sarah Palin was on Monday, as the week's warmup guest for some actress named Jenna Jameson, whom, quite frankly, Hon, we had never heard of, being as totally focused on politics as we are all day every day.

Apparently Jameson has made more than 100 movies of one kind or another, mostly another. And most of them with her ex-husband which, she said, was somehow safer and allowed the love to show through.

So it sounds like she made those romantic chick flicks.

But, between us, Jameson can't have been too successful financially because the actress could only afford to buy a dress with one shoulder for the show.

The two women had a long conversation and went on about the sex industry for some reason. Oprah posted more details on the show on her website here.

Of course, we had to watch the whole thing just in case Palin popped out from behind the curtain or something. You never know, you know. And politics bloggers can't ever miss any interesting human detail. Alas, Palin never appeared on Tuesday.

So we had to just sit there, wasting an entire hour, watching this tall, blonde Jameson person cross and recross her long legs and flip that mass of hair. (If it's so annoying, why not put a rubber band or something on it?)

Anyway, the whole thing got kinda old and boring, as any wife must imagine, and we forgot to take notes.

Maybe Oprah will have Palin back on some other day. We'll keep you posted.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Uh, Palin was on monday's show. Is this suppose to be a joke? If so, its dumb.

She was on monday.

Was this guy in jail that day or something. Sarah Palin was on Oprah on Monday, November 16th. Is that what we've come to, writing an entire article about the fact that he missed the episode?

She was on Monday, the day she was actually scheduled to appear. Tuesday was the day her book was released.

Palin was on Oprah on Monday, not Tuesday!

idiotic at best is this article

palin was on the show on monday and wasnt schedule on tuesday
whats the point of this terrible article

Being a newspaper, shouldn't you be a little more astute on simple events, such as TV schedules?

Sarah Palin was on the Oprah Show Monday 11/16/09

Wow! Never heard of Jenna??? Well, my friend, those of us who like women sure have heard of her. Palin is pretty cute too... For a politician. He He He..

It amazes me how many people actually support Sarah Palin-they say birds of a feather-America is more stupid than I originally thought. But I would say she is the perfect icon of America: Trailer trash.

Along with Palin's book (although I fail to see the attraction of it): Levi Johnston bears all and shows his talliwacker in public-it's all about SEX.

McCain's former wife was a beauty queen. So was his present wife. Is it a coincidence that Palin was a beauty queen as well. McCain even said in an interview that Palin was his soul mate (yes, I heard it-during a news interview.) Frightening that sexuality almost ran this country; even more frightening are the hordes of people who support this.

This article makes no sense.

Sarah Palin appeared on the Oprah show on Monday. I guess you just missed it.

Palin was on Monday's episode. It seems you confused your dates.

"It was some actress named Jenna Jameson, whom, quite frankly, Hon, we had never heard of..."

Seriously? Everyone knows who Jenna Jameson is! Anyone who is slightly familiar with any pop culture.

I don't know why the Palin show wasn't played but I'm sure it will be shortly. It's already been filmed, no?

Dear Andrew,

You're a perfect example of one of the primary reasons why newspapers like the L.A. Times are in serious financial trouble. Calling your article inane would be an insult to inane articles. It was a COMPLETE waste of my time. It would appear that the L.A. Times is content to ride vapid writers like yourself right into bankruptcy, if they're not already there. You, sir, shouldn't even be writing for a free newspaper.

P.S. Perhaps you should consider investing in a TV guide--and choosing another profession that doesn't involve public communications.

Warmest regards,


for one, sarah palin was on mondays show, nobody was ready to watch palin on tuesday because she wasnt going to be there. another thing, jenna jameson is a pornstar, you cant write an article on something completley wrong, make corny jokes, and then say nobody knows who jenna jameson is. shes the legit most famous pornstar. just because it seems like youve been isolated recently doesnt mean the rest of us have.

When ever I feel the need to read something insipid, I always know where to go.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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