October 28th, 2009
05:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin blasts Johnston for 'attention getting lies'

A representative for former Gov. Palin fired back Wednesday at recent accusations by Levi Johnston about how Palin referred to her youngest child, Trig.
A representative for former Gov. Palin fired back Wednesday at recent accusations by Levi Johnston about how Palin referred to her youngest child, Trig.

(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.


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soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Carnell From The Motor City!

    First, If CBS Is Giving A Platform To Levi Johnson For Propaganda. Then It's No Different Than FOX (Fools Of The Unknown) News Channel Inviting Ms. Palin On Its Network To Self Grandize. It's Also No Different Than HypocriCNN's Wolf Blitzer's Pathetic Lusting For Sarah Palin On T.V. Daily.

    October 28, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. John

    CBS believes in this crap and tries to peddle it. Palin should sue them.

    October 28, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. Jose

    hahahahahahaha! poor little Sarah can't stand it when she's exposed for the hypocrite she really is. i'll believe Levi over Palin any day.

    October 28, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. carol

    Sorry, but I believe that Palin is crude enough to say that. She is a fake and I would seriously question her parenting skills. Wanna know why her son had to go to Iraq?

    October 28, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Mauricio Martinez

    It's not even an issue of whether his statements are true or not but of whether he's a gentleman or not. A gentleman he is not.

    October 28, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. Niki Birdsflight

    Well Ms. Palin. Your child is retarded. That is reality. Down syndrome is a form of retardation so if "little angel" serves your delusion, by all means....indulge. It changes nothing. The facts are there. Why would Johnson lie? He has nothing to gain...but you have a lot to lose such as that image you are trying so hard to send to the public.

    October 28, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. Margie

    I believe Levi.

    October 28, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. Bill

    As the old saying goes, "where there is smoke there is usually fire" yes, the guy is making a living off being almost famous..but hey, Palin probably did say somethings early on. He is just recounting those family discussions when the idea of being a part of the family probably was just the tip of the iceberg. Oh by the way, Palin has a book out with the title" Going rouge?" so whose is going rouge now..its' kinda funny to see a family issue being played out on the national level, most folks would want to keep this kind of stuff within the four walls of their house...but as public figure Sarah just has to live with the fact that Levi needs to earn a living to support that child and it seems that he will use any means to do that....

    October 28, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    First of all, when I was growing up we referred to people with Down's Syndrome as "retarded" as in "retarded intellectual ability." Depending on how you say it, it is not necessarily a disparaging remark.

    Second of all, Palin is the pot calling the kettle black when she accuses Johnston of "attention-getting behavior".

    The whole Palin-Johnston crowd is guilty of that … guess it’s all you can do when you don’t have talent or brains (but are kinda pretty – on the outside).

    October 28, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  10. Jack

    anyone see the commerical where levi does an add for some nut company and he cracks a nut open with a body guard next to him? (they are eluding to him "busting a nut") but now he uses "protection" (aka a condom...) what a morron

    October 28, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  11. Pragmatic

    And just what is Sarah selling? Continual forum to propagate lies? Sounds like Fox News. Both Sarah & Levi are desperate for attention.... and willing to put two children in the middle ... both Trig & the Johnston baby ...

    Sympathy for the kids – the little ones – not those adults who are acting like 2nd graders on the playground!

    October 28, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. Barbara -

    I'm believing the Johnson!... Sounds about right.

    October 28, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Please.....enough of Sarah Palin and her soap-opera family.

    October 28, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. Common Sense

    Palin didn't have an abortion when she found out her baby had Down syndrome, that's a testament of true love right there. Levi is a dirty scumbag.....

    October 28, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. Steve in VA

    Obama needs to start cracking down man! They are going about it all wrong, people aren't going to go for healthcare bills and all that unless they are forced into it. He needs to get some people on the street and straightening some people out.... send some goons into these Tea Parties and work a few of them over and we'll start seeing some results! Look into it, history proves that this type of government never works unless you get people and keep people in line.

    October 28, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. Liberal4Obama

    Attention Getting Lies? Like Sarahs Death Panels? You betcha !

    October 28, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. Scot

    Trailer trash sopa opera continues. Mcain you have a LOT to answer for.

    October 28, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Yair

    The CBS and other networks that broadcast lies from an opportunistic liar deserve to be sued! If it was based on words, why nobody in MSM believed the words of that homosexual guy that claimed having had affairs with president Obama 10 years ago!

    October 28, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Oh the irony...

    October 28, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. Karen

    This whole bunch needs to get a life. As for Johnson he is a nut trying to get just a little more fame for sleeping with Palin's daughter. Go home kid!

    October 28, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Sarah

    Is the word "retarded" derogatory? I'm sure she isn't running around saying "Here's my little retarded baby" or "look at this little retard". Why does she think it's inflammatory? Down syndrome is a form of retardation, is it not?

    October 28, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. rememberpattillman

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

    October 28, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. kdlloyd

    Who really cares?!?

    October 28, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. rob vukovic

    Palin's mouthpiece and star apologist, Meg Stapleton accuses levi of selling his body for money stating that do so shows that the person would do anything for money or even more attention. Levi sure boinked his way into the right family. Sarah Palin used her body to promote herself in "beauty" pageants for money and attention and then progressed to doing the same in politics. What a hypocrite.

    October 28, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  25. ANTICON

    The Palin family belongs on Jerry Springer. Sarah is the queen of the white trashers,racists and religious nut jobs. She's also a quitter.You Betcha!

    October 28, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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