10 May 2010

Update: Sarah Palin and Discovery

Discovery Communications is feeling the pressure. On Wednesday, we hand-delivered the signatures of more than 234,000 CREDO Action members to Discovery Communications. And since Monday, more than 4,500 CREDO Action members have jammed Discovery's phone lines with calls opposing their decision to run Sarah Palin's show.

Together with our friends at Defenders of Wildlife — who have also sent hundreds of thousands of signatures and thousands of calls — we have forced Discovery to listen. The company released this statement in light of our pressure:

"The program will be character driven and centered around Sarah Palin and the pioneering people who make up our 49th state. There will be no politics, policy or advocacy associated with this program. It is not a nature documentary, a travelogue nor will it endorse any natural resource or wildlife management policies."

They don't get it. Sarah Palin is a politician — and there is no way to separate her political life from her TV show. Any platform that allows Sarah Palin to promote a green message sacrifices the integrity of the Discovery brand. It also helps Palin prepare for a 2012 presidential run and adds $2 million to her personal fortune.

We must keep the pressure on. Here are two ways you can help:
1.     Get us to 5,000 calls. If you haven't made a call yet, please do so at your next available moment between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday. Click here for a number to call and a sample script.
2.     Get us to 250,000 signatures. Spread the word to your friends, family, and coworkers. Click here for our easy tell-a-friend tools.

Thank you for your help in our campaign to keep Sarah Palin off Discovery!

LiAnna Davis, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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