(CNN) – The national war of words between Sarah Palin and the man who was nearly her son-in-law flared up once again on Wednesday, as Levi Johnston accused Palin of frequently describing her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, as "retarded."
Palin's team shot back in an e-mail to reporters, calling the claim "inflammatory" and accusing CBS - the network that aired Johnston's latest interview - of "continually providing a forum to propagate lies."
"We have purposefully ignored the mean spirited, malicious and untrue attacks on our family," Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton said in the e-mail, on which Palin's lawyer Thomas Van Flein was copied. "We, like many, are appalled at the inflammatory statements being made or implied. Trig is our 'blessed little angel' who knows it and is lovingly called that every day of his life. Even the thought that anyone would refer to Trig by any disparaging name is sickening and sad."
Stapleton went on to blast Johnston, who is preparing for a photo shoot with Playgirl magazine, as desperate for publicity.
"Consider the source of the most recent attention-getting lies - those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention," she said.
Johnston first made the accusation in a September interview with Vanity Fair and expanded on his claim about Trig during an appearance on the CBS "Early Show" on Wednesday.
Palin's calling their own son "retarded"? I guess it takes one to know one.
IF the comments were IGNORED, then why the public rebuttal from Palin's spokesperson? Ignored would mean you didn't respond.
Anything for attention huh Sarah?
I think that is it so funny that now Levi is such a bad person now that the election is over. But when you needed him, he was the best thing since sliced bread. Sarah Palin used her handicap son and knocked up daughter to win an election and it didn't work. If Levi is making all of this up than it is exactly what the Palins get for using him during the election.
Gee....Now THIS is presidential if ever I saw it. Getting into a public spat with your teenage daughter's former boyfriend – very classy indeed!
It doesn't surprise me that Palin would use a word such as retarded in describing her child. Let's all remember, this woman has a very limited vocabulary.
Must be the fault of the Media. NOT
" those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention," she said.
Is she referring to Beauty Pageant Queen Palin or Johnson?
Meg Stapleton should just shut it. Why would Levi Johnston lie about anything? He was used by Sarah Palin when it worked to her advantage and now he is getting his own back. Good for him!
OK,CNN, you can stop the "Palin Love Fest" now. Please????
People with any intelligence can see through this act.
We don't need another chapter in the lives of these "Reality Show Wannabe's" so why throw away your reputation just to try and up your online response numbers.
This really is getting ridiculous.
All side of this joke need to just go far far far away and let get our lives back
You have to ask yourself why would the guy lie about something like that? I don't really care for the guy but I have to say that I would believe anyone over Palin.
Shut Your smart mouth Sarah. Hey, that's an OXYMORON.
ha! Palin exposed her body as a beauty pageant contestant!
Sounds to me like the pot is calling the kettle black, when it comes to who is desperate for publicity, moreover who is the liar. Nobody can believe a word that comes out of Palin's mouth, or those of her lackeys/employees.
sarah palin is one good looking, amazingly intellegent and fine politician...not to mention good mother. it's no wonder that all the left tilting media hates her and has to print outrageous lies to smear her. i get sick of reading even the headlines!!! makes me less interested in looking at cnn for NEWS!
Shame on you Levi. Next thing you know, you will be dragging your family members out like props on the campaign trail. Oops, your once potential mother-in-law beat you to that one. Now all of you get back to the Alaska trailer park where you all belong, Sarah included.
So the Palin camp shoots back that the comments were inflammatory, but neglected to say they were false.
Then they say just the thought of referring to her child as 'retarded' is sickening. I agree. Still no direct denial, just dancing around the subject.
You know, if the allegations are untrue, Palin could sue. I'm not holding my breath for any lawsuits.
Why does she insist on fighting with a child? I am NO Palin supporter, but i highly doubt she called her son retarded.
How much does Levi wish he used a condom.
Sarah: "You Lie"
oh boy...here we go again with the drama, what is this a soap opera or a reality tv ?
Trig is ok it's his mom thats mentally challanged.
Sad to say, but Palin ought to know what she's talking about–she spent the whole campaign spewing attention-getting lies about Obama, and she's still at it. Start with the person in the mirror, Sarah.
CNN is obsessed with Palin and so are the brainless haters who say the same insult over and over and over and over. Get a life libs! or better yet, get a job. im tired of payin your welfare!
This should be in the entertainment section. I grow tired of seeing these idiots taking up space in an otherwise an informative and valuable news source.