What has happened to us?

I just watched the NBA pregame show for Knicks vs. Heat on TNT.  For some bizarre reason, the commentators brought up Sarah Palin.  The next thing I heard was that she was “masturbation material”, not once, but twice.  Why in the hell does a sports show need to bring up Sarah Palin?  And why does she need to be sexualized?  Forget politics for a moment.  If we are so far down in the toilet that sport shows talk about masturbation material, with Sarah Palin as a tool, what does that say about us as a nation?