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Free bird: Thanksgiving turkey pardons

By: Russell McLendon on Nov. 21, 2016, 4:06 p.m.
Palin's turkey pardon fiasco

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Beg your pardon?

When Alaska Governor Sarah Palin visited a poultry farm in November 2008 to pardon a turkey, it was a mostly unremarkable photo-op. Afterward, however, Palin unwittingly helped create a morbidly amusing viral video by giving a three-minute interview to a local TV station (screen shot pictured at left), apparently unaware that unpardoned turkeys were being slaughtered in the background. See the clip below, but be warned — even with the goriest parts blurred out, it's still not for the faint of heart (or stomach):