IUC Poll: Dao Contiki (undercover) asks residents of Palin’s ol stomping ground Wasilla to reveal their favorite Celeb Gossip Source
The greatest virtue of going undercover also becomes its professional shortcoming. Often, its more difficult to do meretricious roles since one cannot be possessed by a role which does not have much inner life – as was the case in the undercover prank I carried out in Wasilla, Alaska.
In the first of a series of undercover polls I’ll be conducting for IUC, I phoned 200 residents of Wasilla over the past few days, asking them to reveal their favorite source of gossip. I told them my name was Dao Contiki, a pollster for Team Obama who was conducting a survey about their favorite source of celeb gossip cause President elect Obama is freaking out about the tabloids being overly racist. I said Obama wanted to know what tabloids to get the White House to subcribe to and which ones to avoid. Overall, the residents of Wasilla were most cooperative. One woman named Ellen told me she gets all her gossip from Vogue. Another woman, Beren, told me she gets all her gossip from her nephew who used to do renovations on Palin’s home when she was Mayor. “He reads all the tabloids, but his favorite source is Dr. Phil,” she said. One guy, Russ, threatened to “kick the hoochy out of me if I ever called back again”. He said if Obama ever stepped foot in Wasilla he’d like to “take him hunting and then hang him in my yard.” Another woman, Carmen, told me she works for the Wasilla Hunting Club and that they “all buy Conan each week” – whatever that means.
In the end the media outlets that got the most mentions were Entertainment Tonight (53), Access Hollywood (49), InTouch Weekly (42) and US Weekly (31).
FYI, Wasilla is the fourth largest city in Alaska (10,000 residents). During Palin’s tenure as Mayor (1996-2002), Wasilla billed rape victims for rape kit examinations.