April 8th, 2009
02:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Johnston-Palin war of words continues

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/08/art.levi.gi.jpg caption=" Johnston appeared on CBS Wednesday, his second national TV interview this week."](CNN) - The war of words between the families of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Levi Johnston doesn't appear to be letting up.

In an interview with CBS, Johnston sharply refuted the Palins' claim he was lying about being permitted to live with onetime fiancé Bristol Palin, and suggested the Palin family is now essentially treating him as an outcast.

"I'm just trying to get my side of the story out there and letting people know who I am," he said in the interview with CBS that aired Wednesday, adding that the biggest misconception about him is "probably that my family is white trash."

In the interview, his second national television sit-down in the last week, Johnston also said his relationship with Bristol Palin began to go deteriorate when Sarah Palin returned to Alaska after the presidential election in Alaska.

"I think when she got back is when it went downhill," he said. "They don't think of me the same way anymore."

Johnston also said he was "heartbroken" when the relationship ended but added "I got an amazing little boy out of it."

Johnston's sister Mercede, also taking part in the interview, was even harsher in her assessment of the Palins, saying they are downright "snobby."

"Look what they are doing," she said. "They are lying trying to save themselves. They are the ones that asked for it. They brought him to the campaign. They should have known what was coming."

In a statement issued earlier this week, Palin family spokesman Meghan Stapleton said Johnston and his family are on a "quest for fame, attention, and fortune."

The Johnstons say they have not been compensated for any of their media appearances.

Filed under: Levi Johnston • Sarah Palin
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Kevin

    You're all missing the point - he's simply positioning himself for a run at the governor's office in Alaska.

    Considering the incumbent and her constituency, he likely perceives himself as emminently qualified.

    April 8, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. dan

    Just to think, she almost became our president...Our country would have been in toilet! Thank God.

    April 8, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. gaysforpalin

    any man speaking publicly about his private (adult) relationship with any woman is classless, Levi.

    April 8, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Maryann Rose

    For those saying Levi should just 'shut up':

    1. This is America – free speech.

    2. Since Palin has her eye on the 2012 presidential election, it's important for the American people to know what kind of person Sarah Palin really is, and Levi is giving his view of her.

    3. If the situation was reversed, the neocons would never shut up about it!

    April 8, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Johnny from VA

    Levi is cashing in on his 15 minutes of fame while he can. I give him credit for realizing how being on TV and being famous can make you popular and loved. He learned that from Obama.

    April 8, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Cher

    There will always be people who hear something bad about a person and then hang on every word of it. Those who believe Levi want to believe him because it makes the Palins look bad and that's what you want. I'm not defending the Palins, Sarah is a bimbo. I feel sorry for the kids in this situation. I think this is a private matter that should be played out in family court not in the court of public opinion. Oh wait! The court of public opinion can get you money from people selling sensationalism.

    April 8, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Cindy Malin

    Who cares about this Levi dude!?!?! He is just looking for 30 seconds of fame and hoping to get money out of it. What a shame! Really, why would he stoop to such a low?

    April 8, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Brent

    It seems clear that Levi was portrayed as good guy by Palin when it deemed to be beneficial to her campaign, but then once she lost she turns on him. Sarah thinks that family is something you use as a prop to further your personal and political goals, not something that has value in and of itself.

    She is a political and intellectual lightweight that lashes out at everyone else when she fails. In other words, she's a republican.

    April 8, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Nick

    Seriously, this is news? How long are we going to have watch stories from so called journalists about teenagers in order to attack a politicians future? Amazing I guess the days of children being off limits is long gone. Where are all the Joe Biden's daughter stories? Thats what I thought!

    April 8, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Homey

    Can we PLEASE stop airing these people's dirty laundry in the major media outlets? We have no reason to talk about Sarah Palin until at least 2011 and we have even less reason to talk about Bristol Palin's marital problems. I, for one, could care less about Levi Johnston or the circumstances that lead to whatever happened with them because Bristol Palin's situatoin never really mattered to me. How about you just let them live their lives and don't provide an outlet for this soap opera? Maybe report more about politics and real news?

    April 8, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Adam from Ohio

    GAHHH! Please! Talk ALL of these circus freaks out to an iceberg and set them adrift! Enough!

    April 8, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Janice

    Snobby? Maybe. But the Palins here are just being the cruel users and hypocrites they are but now they are doing it to their own children and their grandchild by engaging in these public statements. The proper response should be that she does not comment on family matters even if Levi continues to give interviews. Then the story would die down and perhaps this boy would try to resolve this in the family instead of in public. What executive in this country uses a paid spokesperson to make comments on the relationship issues in their own family? How would you like to be that spokesperson?

    President Obama was kinder to the Palin children during the campaign telling the media to back off then the Palins themselves are.

    April 8, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. C W

    Can you imagine if McCain and Palin had won in November and we had this ridiculous sideshow going on – with real issues like the economy, jobs, the financial crisis, global warming and North Korea needing attention?

    The way the Palin and Johnston families continue to carry on proves just how horrible John McCain's judgment is that he allowed Palin to be chosen as his running mate.

    It also says volumes about the Republican Party these days. Because their social and economic policies have been proven so unequivocally wrong, they've been reduced to scraping the bottom of the tabloid barrel, in an effort to get attention.

    How pathetic!

    April 8, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. PSanAT

    I can't respect any of them for dragging their personal business in front of the cameras and reporters. And I sure don't respect the reporters who keep going after this story. Shame on the news businesses! That said, Palin DID make her view and her kids part of the issues in the campaign, so she IS reaping what she sewed. But NEWS PEOPLE, let these youngsters alone.

    April 8, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Missouri

    A note to Gov. Palin: I don't know who your advisers are, but fire them.
    If you had any interest in 2012 you should quietly have gone back to Alaska then reappear in 2011, instead You are now in transition from a creditable candidate to a national joke.

    April 8, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Mark

    I saw this coming. The guy is trying to catch some of the limelight, at the Palin's expense AND we all know that.

    April 8, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Jean

    Why is there coverage on 2 stupid teenagers who did not practice safe sex and a politican from Alaska who must like to see her name in print?

    I fault the press, the internet and TV for even covering this garbage and especially having that boy on TV. Son, its time to concentrate on school or getting a job. Its time to grow up and its time for everyone else to put forth their efforts in improving their private situations instead of talking about trivial matters about something that doesn't even concern you. People – drop it!!

    April 8, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Mary Michigan

    If this young man does not get normal visitation with his child it will be another abuse of power from Sara Palin. During the campaign it became obvious to me she was a hypocrit. By this I mean the Right to Life issue. Her daughter had the right to chose (this from Sara Palin herself), but her political party does not wish to give others that right. If they really cared about life they would volunteer to care for and help children already in this world who need love. Leave the ones inside a woman's body to the woman and God. The Republican party is always stating they believe in personal liberties, but this seems only for themselves. They wish to tell you how to live, but then do not live by example. Levi should go to court right now and extablish he wants to be in this child's life with court papers. He needs to guard his and his child's rights now before the Palin family vilify his family anymore.

    April 8, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. George

    This kid deserves to express his side of the story. And ya know he is at least 3 times smarter than Sarah and Joe the Plunger combined.

    April 8, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Jessica

    I never blamed Sarah for Bristol's pregnancy during the campaign. However, if it's true she allowed Levi to stay at their home, share private time in Bristol's room, etc., then she and her husband need to share in the blame (along with Levi's parents). However, I am almost certain Levi was used during the campaign to make Sarah look better and pretend everything was OK. This kind of hypocrisy is sickening. If this had been a teen daughter of the Obama's, trust me, they would have been called every ghetto name in the book. What some people hate is that the Palins are low class and the Obamas have an intact, beautiful family that most people desire.

    April 8, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Tess

    I am from Tn.My friend here has a sister who lives down the street from Sarah Palin.She says she is a great Mother.Always doing things with her children.A good neighbor..Why do people want to trash one another?Love is the answer for all...

    April 8, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. C W

    To Sarah Supporter: Sarah Palin is a manipulative woman who's used her looks and willingness to lie and cheat to get where she is. McCain survived 5 years in a POW camp – and then proceeding to use his experience for political gain.

    I don't respect either one of them.

    April 8, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. km

    imagine the palins being snobby? that's like some appalachian inbred extras from "deliverance" thinking they're too good for most people....what a joke that clan is!

    April 8, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Timm

    The media and Republicans have ignored the stories about Joe Biden and his coke-head daughter. Rightly so. The fact that left leaning people are feasting on what should be a private, family squabble, speaks volumes about their pettiness and lack of fairness.

    April 8, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Dave C - NJ

    Doesn't anyone wonder why the Palins lied about the kid living there?

    That is the main issue with this. Outright lies from Palin.

    April 8, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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