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Sarah Palin Uses Papago Park in Heart of Phoenix to Portray Middle of Nowhere

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Sarah Palin's new video ad for the Sportsman Channel's Amazing America show shows the former vice presidential candidate hitchhiking in the middle of the desert.

Except as every Phoenician would know, the right-wing celeb is actually in Central Phoenix, at Papago Park.

See also: -Many Alaskans Think Sarah Palin Now Belongs to Arizona -- Nice Try, Alaska

Palin's standing on one of the park roads used most frequently by bicyclists and walkers. If you saw a woman with a suitcase and a sign reading "America" on that road, you'd think she must have escaped from the Arizona State Hospital four miles away.

The ruse reminds us of the scene in the movie Raising Arizona when viewers see a shot of miles of Sonoran Desert that's supposed to be Tempe.

For a TV show that has enough budget to travel across the USA, you'd think whoever made this promo could have found a real stretch of lonely highway. But they apparently figured most of their viewers wouldn't know the difference between the middle of the country's seventh-largest city and a random spot of austere wasteland.

Got a tip? Send it to: Ray Stern.

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