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In Sarah Palin’s latest book, America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag, due out next week, she takes on a number of weighty topics. Presumably.

According to excerpts leaked today, she also lambasts American Idol for fostering a “cult of self-esteem.” You know, since no one tells the singers they’re bad!

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WE’RE #1! Sorry, Lee DeWyze, but according to some observers, you’re not.

“No one they have encountered in their lives – from parents to teachers to their president – wanted them to feel bad by hearing the truth,” opines Sarah Palin.

She says Idol trots out a “seemingly endless supply of people who can’t sing but are deluded enough to get in front of a national television audience anyway.”

[Rebuttal rendered unnecessary]

 
Does the star of Sarah Palin’s Alaska think the show’s judging isn’t harsh enough? Or shouldn’t exist because it encourages mediocre singers to think they’re stars?

Is this really necessary or accurate? While some Idol products are bad, the show did produce Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry and other stars.

As far as the broader narrative (we think) she’s going for, we sort of agree that kids are coddled nowadays, but … we’re still a bit unclear on what her point is.

In any case, Sarah needn’t worry that everyone out there is afraid to tell the truth. We’ve totally done so regarding Willow Palin’s homophobia. You’re welcome.