March 31st, 2010
06:09 PM ET
12 years ago

LL Cool J upset with Palin, Fox

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="LL Cool J is taking aim at Fox and Sarah Palin. "]

(CNN) - Rapper LL Cool J appears to be upset with Sarah Palin and Fox news for using footage of a 2008 interview in its promotion for the former Alaska governor's upcoming television special.

"Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palins Show. WOW," the musician, whose real name is James Todd Smith, tweeted on Tuesday night.

A promotion for the show - called "Real American Stories: Hosted by Sarah Palin" - features an announcer saying, "They're famous faces. Now hear the real story behind their incredible lives."

In addition to LL Cool J, country music star Toby Keith and former General Electric CEO Jack Welch are pictured.

Update 6:09 p.m.: A Fox News spokesperson has given CNN a statement about the network's decision not to use the LL Cool J interview in Palin's show. “Real American Stories features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith’s interview fit that criteria," the spokesperson says in the written statement. "However, as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career.” The Fox spokesperson added: “Fox News did not commit to restrictions on its interview with Mr. Smith so therefore the network did not need his permission to use the interview in this program.”

Related on the CNN Marquee blog: LL Cool J never scheduled to appear on Palin's show

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. nathan

    Welcome to Fox journalism LL.

    March 31, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. LisaH

    Tell them LL. Momma's gonna knock you out!

    March 31, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Whatever

    Fox and Palin are slimeballs and will do anything for the limelight.

    March 31, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. American Patriot - a true "tea partier"

    It's Fox news. They lie. Everyone knows they lie.

    March 31, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. Tommy P

    I guess the only people Failin Palin considers "Real Americans" are rich, white and conservative. Well LL Cool J is rich so maybe he is considered to be a "Real American"

    March 31, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. Jack Fl

    GOP equals misrepresentation and don't forget my favorite "plausible deniability"

    March 31, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Debby

    Well if he gave an interview with his own words its public knowledge anyway so whats he complaining about the fact that a conservative is hosting vs. a liberal. You put your life out there in public so live with it Mr. LL Cool.

    March 31, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. specs

    Sarah Palin continues to show how dishonest and unprofessional she is, and now wack Fox news is joining the band wagon. misleading the public I guess. Is very sad.!!! Wake up good people.

    March 31, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. Pam

    It is so hard to believe that being so "Fair and Balance" that Fox would misrepresent anything. Oh wait...we are talking about Fox!

    March 31, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. Katie

    "Appears to be upset?"

    No, he's delighted with them. De-lighted.

    Aargh. Can reporters report anything anymore? Did any reporter even try to call Fox News and get a reaction to help readers try to figure out what really happened? No? Well, then, how is this news yet?

    The new CNN style of reporting: "Something happened somewhere today, we're not really sure what, we sure as heck don't know why, and we're too lazy to find out. But please click here."

    March 31, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. Leigh

    Twist the truth and then later (if caught) make a retraction. If this is how Fox News and Citizen Palin operate, then thanks but no thanks. wink wink

    March 31, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Mitch

    Since when do facts or truth interfere with Fox and Palin?

    March 31, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. Carmelle

    I knew it!! Sue them LL!! You need the money anyway.

    March 31, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. Joanne

    Go get e'm llcoolj ! Put a a stop to that now.

    March 31, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  15. patricia c

    I was wondering LL Cool J..........

    March 31, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  16. Erin

    Any updates from his Myspace or Facebook accounts, too? I'm sure they're equally news-worthy...

    March 31, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. Moe

    Say it what... the almight and always "RIGHT" Fox media put a spin on something to make someone else look bad. Never in my life would I ever think that the perfect, God Fearing station would LIE about something or twist the truth... CNN you have to wrong on this one!

    Sounds to me like they just got with their hand in the cookie jar. I think instead of FOX media I think we should call them SLOP Media because all they do is promote crap!

    March 31, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Deborah/kansascity

    Sarah Palin has no respect for other people, the laws of this nation, or truth. She is out only for what benefits Sarah.

    March 31, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. Common sense Americans

    That's right L , don't let these racist . vile, human trash use your name to promote anything .......they do not deserve anything from the American people but a swift kick in the rear -end !

    March 31, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Francisco Cardenas

    So FOX is really not a fox but a snake ... and Palin, oh well.

    March 31, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. ethics shmethics

    Come on LL. You know Fox and Palin are always always Fair and balanced. They even say it, so it must be true.

    March 31, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Robert T., New Orleans

    You can always count on the Fair and Balanced Network to deliberately deceive it's gullible, and apparently really stupid, followers.

    March 31, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Jerry

    He said it now he can deal with it.

    March 31, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. sarahpalinisamoron

    That woman is a total nut case why do anyone one even bother listening to her. When will she stop seeking attention, who is taking care of those five kids she got. Go away Palin no one cares what you have to say you NUT.

    March 31, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Laurie

    Are you trying to get me to believe that Fox News would misrepresent something? Shocking.

    March 31, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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