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. idesign

    The minnow picked a fight with the tiger shark.

    Sarah rising, Obama falling.

    Good for America.

    March 31, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Daniel

    Keep it up CNN, keep it up. Is someone upset at this liberal news station because Fox will have another weekend show that will trump the dead guy King and Pooper? You keep showing how pathetic of a station you are.

    March 31, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. Anne P

    So much for Palin and her attitude about the "liberal media". As long as the almighty bucks are there for her, she's game on! What a freakin' hypocrite that screacher is. Can't see how anyone could manage to listen to that nasaly whiny voice spewing her fake folksy crap for an entire show.

    March 31, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Sarahpalinthenutcase

    That wild Alaska hillbilly is jibbering on good lord. Why won't she just go away no one cares what she has to say. What a lunatic. Someone needs to tell her to take care of does five kids she has. Especial ly the little one and that Bristol hopefully she doesn't end up pregnant again. She is so busy trying to get attention and sympathy watch another one of her kid end up pregnant again. Can anyone say NUT JOB. Move on Sarah 2008 is behind us you nut case.

    March 31, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Patriot

    Palin and Fox cheating? Lying? I'm shocked! Shocked!

    March 31, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. zb

    It is bad enough that media subjects us nonstop to the shrillness of your voice, the stupidity of your message, the hollowness of your substance; the emptiness of your ideas; and the hypocrisy of your words – are we now to be subjected to every screaming twit you make.

    Please, enough already with Palin and her palinites?

    March 31, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Chad

    CNN: by running trivial stories about Palin you are advertising for the right wing propaganda machine also known as Fox News and giving unwarranted legitimacy to their insidious world view.

    March 31, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Dear Lord:

    May these celebrities sue the living life out of her, maybe then she'll learn to stop lying and using people for her per$onal gain.


    March 31, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Campbell

    Fox should have asked permission to use those interviews.

    March 31, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. LacrosseMom

    Oh LL COOL......... what did you expect from Faux News????????????

    March 31, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. The Independent View

    Remember during the campaign when McCain stole [used} that artist's song without permission?

    It seems as though the GOP'ers are prone to trademark, copyright, infringement.

    March 31, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Lois

    Fox and Palin misrepresent something? Say it ain't so! Both are such a joke. Dumbing down of America in it's finest.

    March 31, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    More palin lies, not shocking.

    March 31, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. ypsifan

    Sounds like typical Palin – Fox – Right-Wing stuff to me. Why shoud we be surprised?

    March 31, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Adalbert

    Fox and palin are irrelevelent.

    March 31, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Why cant the antichrist be a woman?

    Toby Keith?Dont make me laugh,that moron thought Bush was for real.

    March 31, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. robert

    bottom line is the TRUTH doesn't matter to sarah phalin'..........

    March 31, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Fitz in Texas

    LL Cool J........who?

    March 31, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Fox lost me a freedom fries

    He has every right to be upset, but who can say they're honestly surprised that Fox would misrepresent something?

    March 31, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Rose

    CNN stop writing about nut Sarah Palin. I use to be a big fan of CNN but I am starting to get quite annoyed at the constant news that you print about this trouble maker.

    Please stop filling your pages with news of this ignorant and rebel rouser.

    March 31, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Independant Jane in Nevada

    So, Sarah Palin is going to brush-up on her popular US culture history as we watch on?
    Can't wait for urban history week>>>

    March 31, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Sean

    Fox news lying as usual

    March 31, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. sharon

    Fox news and sarah and "misrepensenting"??????????????????
    That is their specialty.

    March 31, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Doug,lib jersey

    Wow, I have supported his career since he put out I'm bad and going back to Cali. I sure hope he is not another Democrat that is so obsessed with Sarah Palin that they wish and hope for something tragic to happen to her whole family. Thank god no one on the right is ever like that.

    March 31, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. MattG

    LL Cool J needs her more than she needs him; the Commies News Network, in its propaganda routine against Sarah Palin, will twist anything and everything to put her down. Losers, the more you do so the more popular she becomes – don't you get it? Obviously not.

    March 31, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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