Todd Palin Claims Win Over ‘Lame-Stream’ Media With NBC’s ‘Stars Earn Stripes’

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Did the campaign trail prepare Alaska’s “First Dude” Todd Palin for life in front of the cameras on his new NBC reality show, Stars Earn Stripes?

“Growing up in Alaska, I’ve been a commercial fisherman all my life,” said Palin about the physical rigors that prepared him for live ammo training with real-life commandos on the show. “My career was on the north slope in the oil fields, that’s a dangerous job.”

What other death-defying entries did Palin add to his resume?

The politician’s husband got some experience as a snow mobile racer and piloting a private plane, among other new skills.

“Jumping out of a helicopter, that’s really putting it on the edge,” he said about some of the tests he undergoes on the show. “It tested me mentally and physically. But in the back of my mind I was thinking of all the veterans, military, first responders that are saving lives and defending our freedoms every day.”

Palin’s family and the military go way back. His father moved to Alaska as a service member and his son, Track, just graduated from boot camp at Ft. Benning, Ga.

“Going and watching his graduation just opened my eyes up,” said Palin. “Our son is serving in Afghanistan and that’s the biggest reason why I participated and competed and challenged myself in this show. I wouldn’t be here without the military.”

He wouldn’t be here without wife, Sarah Palin, who ran unsuccessfully for vice-president in 2008, later starring in a reality show of her own, TLC’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which was followed by daughter Bristol’s reality turn in Lifetime’s Life’s a Trip.

The Palins have long claimed to be victims of the “lame-stream” media, but with all of their work in reality, you have to wonder just how unfair the media has been to them.

“No matter what the media says about the show, I’ve got new friends,” said Palin about his experience working with Terry Crews, skier Picabo Street, and General Wesley Clark on Stars Earn Stripes. “I’ve got a lot more respect for the military. Until you’re in their shoes, side by side with them, you have no idea.”

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– Jordan Riefe