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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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I had breakfast with Sarah Palin. Really.

PASADENA, Calif. - I had breakfast with Sarah Palin on Friday morning. And she invite me up to spend some time with Todd and her in Alaska.


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Well, me and a few dozen other journalists at the Television Critics Association press tour. The former Alaska governor was on hand to promote to promote her new show "Amazing America with Sarah Palin."

"Since there ain't no such thing as a free lunch or breakfast, your payment is you've got to listen to me just for a couple of minutes," Palin said.

And she insisted she was happy to be there.

"I'm glad to be here because I love critics," she said, tongue planted firmly in cheek. "You know how much I love the media. So a room full of media, television critics together? I can't beat this combination for pleasure."

It was classic Sarah Palin. The former GOP vice presidential candidate was loud and almost giddy, talking about her show.

"You critics - you're going to have a ball" watching the show, she said. "What it is that we do and say and how we come across, we'll have fun together."

She did get more than a few laughs.

"If she weren't such a horrible, horrible person, she'd be very charming," said one critic.

Yeah, it's a tough room.

After making a few brief remarks, Palin did exactly as she'd promised before the session - she took questions from critics aiming recorders in her direction. She refused to answer any inquiries about politics, which was certainly a good idea. She was happy to talk about the outdoors and her new show, however, and that was, after all, the reason she was there.

And she even sounded sincere when she said, "I want to invite you guys to come up to alaska. See our real world."

(She also said she's hoping that "maybe" the Sportsman Channel will "spring for it.")

"I sincerely invite you," Palin said. "Todd, be prepared to put an extra helping of moose chili in the crockpot."

Somehow, I don't think this is actually going to happen.

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