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Free bird: Thanksgiving turkey pardons

By: Russell McLendon on Nov. 26, 2019, 11:14 a.m.
Sarah Palin didn't pardon all the turkeys during her tenure as governor of Alaska.

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Beg your pardon?

When Alaska Gov. 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, 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: