ABC News' Mary Bruce reports:
In her new upcoming book, Sarah Palin rails against “American Idol” for sending the wrong message to American children and accuses the show of hosting “talent deprived” contestants.
In leaked excerpts of the book, first published by the website “ Palingates,” the former Alaska governor asks “did you ever wonder where the producers of 'American Idol' come up with the seemingly endless supply of people who can't sing but are deluded enough to get in front of a national television audience and screech out a song anyway?”
Palin concludes in “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag” that many of the contestants are “victims of the cult of self-esteem,” although she admits that some of the contestants’ ability, or inability, to carry a tune reminds her or herself.
"No one they've encountered in their lives — from their parents to their teachers to their president — wanted them to feel bad by hearing the truth. So they grew up convinced they could become big pop stars like Michael Jackson," Palin explains in the book.
Palin’s daughter Bristol, 20, is currently a contestant on “Dancing With The Stars,” and the 2008 vice presidential nominee has her own reality show on TLC, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”
“On American Idol, of course, these self-esteem-enhanced but talent deprived performers eventually learn the truth. After they've embarrassed themselves for the benefit of the producers, they are told in no uncertain terms that they, in fact, can't sing, regardless of what they have been told by others,” Palin writes. “But in the wider world, these kinds of instances of hard-truth-telling are increasingly rare.”
Palin goes on to praise former American Idol judge Simon Cowell for “pouring cold water over the heads of these young people.”
“Unfortunately, Cowell is almost alone in his willingness to tell hard truths,” Palin writes. “Instead, a growing chorus of voices is trying to convince our kids that hard work isn’t necessary anymore, and they’re entitled to a lengthening list of benefits paid for by others, and that they don’t have to accept the consequences of their actions when those consequences are bad.”
Palin's book, her second, is set to be released next Tuesday, November 23. The former governor and her family will spend the next nine days on a 16-stop book tour through the heartland.
"Family gearing up 4 Thanksgiving break book tour; anxious 4 kids 2 have 'what I did on my vacation' experiences in great US towns along way," Palin tweeted last week.