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How Sarah Palin Helped Make the 'American Sniper' a Star

February 17, 2015 in Blogs

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

She can credit herself with elevating Chris Kyle's fame and fortune.


With the Oscars just a week away, “American Sniper” is considered a leading contender for numerous awards, despite the film's numerous inaccuracies. Concurrently, the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, a veteran with PTSD who is alleged to have killed Kyle at a firing range, is occurring in the backdrop of a nation that is overwhelmingly sympathetic to Kyle's story.

A logical question to ask is how Chris Kyle's narrative became so prominent in the first place. There are roughly 2.5 million veterans of the Iraq war, yet Kyle's name seems to stand above them all. Certainly his record number of fatalities as a sniper played some role in his fame, but the feats of many other soldiers failed to accrue the same amount of recognition.

Part of the answer is the role of one of the country's most prominent masters of the media, none other than former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Palin And Kyle's Mutually Beneficial Relationship

Since losing the presidential race and quitting her job as a sitting governor, Sarah Palin hasn't run for office or even served as an appointed bureaucrat of just about anything. What she has done, however, is continued to build her media profile, whether it's by speaking at high-profile right-wing events or starring in a reality TV show.

Therefore despite her lack of any official responsibility in politics, Palin has maintained a media presence that also elevates anyone she chooses to endorse. And the former Alaska governor gave Chris Kyle one of the strongest endorsements a politician can give anyone, when she entrusted him with her life by hiring him as a bodyguard in 2011 to provide security for a movie premiere she attended in Iowa.

Here's a picture she posted on her Facebook page at the time of her and Kyle (here he is wearing a suit and sunglasses):

The two were reunited when Palin's husband Todd starred in the NBC reality TV show …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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