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FOX News Removes LL Cool J Interview From Palin Special

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 31st 2010 1:31PM
Fox News ChannelEarlier today Brad told you about the guests that Sarah Palin is going to have on her first special for FOX News, 'Real American Stories.' One of them was supposed to be LL Cool J, but now FOX has removed him from the special. Why? It's a little complicated.

It seems that this isn't a new interview with the actor/singer. It's an interview he did in 2008 with the FOX News web site Real American Stories and the network was just going to rerun that interview. Palin would have only introduced the interview. But when LL Cool J (real name: James Smith) found out that they were running the old interview, he tweeted his displeasure (as most people now do).

He was upset that they were using an old interview to promote Palin's show (I guess he's not a Palin fan?), calling it a "misrepresentation" because the interview was for someone else. I guess he doesn't know the web site and FOX News are related.

FOX News has responded by saying they'll remove him from the special. But they get in a few digs, saying that "it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others" and that they "wish him best with his fledgling acting career."

LL Cool J appears on 'NCIS: Los Angeles,' one of the top 15 shows on TV right now, so I don't think he's too worried.

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khia213

Toby Keith, of all people, also objected to an interview of his being used in this way.

April 01 2010 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
NightOwl

So, Fox cobbles together this bunch of interviews, grafts Palin onto it in their continuing quest to shove her down our throat in any and every way possible, misrepresents the nature of the show to the public, then, when LL Cool J makes it know that he want no part of this Frankensteins monster of a project, Fox paints him as an enemy of inspiration and gratuitously and classlessly insults him and his acting career.
Business as usual for Fox.
Also, I agree with xaeinovis. Well said.

April 01 2010 at 9:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cassie123

You know, I am not a big Palin fan, but some of your comments are juvenile. The woman isn't a producer. SI doubt she was the one sitting there splicing the videos in. Regardless, the fact he complained about it showed his own racism. If this had been a BHO supporting network (which pretty much every bit of media is biased that way) and they did this, he would have taken no issue with it. For heaven's sakes they were not showing him to be some thug rapper, they were trying to use him as a representation for success and to hold him up as a positive example. The only reason he took issue is he is black and part of the HW crowd, a double wammy that shows you must go with BHO simply because of the color of his skin. BHO could have stood on a podium and never said a word other than hope and change (oh wait he did) and would have been voted on by certain races simply to make it historic. If that isn't racism, I don't know what is. Instead of looking at how it affects the world, it is all about getting in the history books and nothing less. Well, here is you hope and change rushing us all into paying for the welfare deadbeats. The current administrations goal is to keep everyone dependent on government. Heck, why should I try to advance or work hard, if the ones that don't get my share. Have some really not awoken to the concern with that? Maybe if they are on welfare they have not but I would hope some others have looked beyond race and beyond the media to what is actually happening.

March 31 2010 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Garrett

The best part of this post was reading all the tweets LL Cool J received that lead him having to re-post the same tweet directly to multiple people. Some of them were pissed off at him just because they thought that he would be on Fox News. Lets not look at what he actually would say or in this case previously said, lets get back because he went with those capitalistic pigs Fox News. Classic tolerant left.

March 31 2010 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chris

LL Cool J has a fledgling TV career. Until landing his CSI gig he's hardly had a big time career in acting.

Fox News is the #1 news channel so I doubt it needs anyone's "best" but the sarcasm is duly noted.

The show is about those who have inspired people now and in the past. Why would LL Cool J, or anyone for that matter, not want to be part of a program that celebrates inspiring life stories? Plus it will be the highest rated news program in its time slot. Could have been good for publicity. Yahoo News writes "LL Cool J had been informed in 2008 that the interview was planned as a segment for "Real American Stories"--though of course the network couldn't have known at the time that Palin would be hosting".

Before you dismiss the program it might be worthwhile to actually watch it. Crazy idea I know.

Palin is good for business on Fox and a savvy decision by Ailes. Any time the woman is on the ratings for that show spikes. Not that Fox News needs her as they destroy their competition in most every category and time slot anyway.

March 31 2010 at 7:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zachary

I wish FOX News the best in their fledgling news operation.

March 31 2010 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

The question is, as an empty suit host of the show, will she be reading off a TelePrompTer or her hand?

March 31 2010 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eugene

Why is anyone surprised? This isn't the first time people have caught Fox news fudging the facts to fit their story.

March 31 2010 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scott

fledgling:
1 : an immature or inexperienced person
2 : one that is new

LL Cool J's first acting job was in wildcats in 1986

can't FOX news get anything right?

March 31 2010 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

We need to start calling out Sarah Palin for what she really is: A Demagogue.

Heavily produced shows like this are meant to humanize her and make her seem more mainstream, surrounded by "real Americans" instead of her usual shrill attempts to castigate anyone who is not like her.

This is part of Roger Ailes' attempt to make her the 2012 GOP nominee, much like he did in 1968 with Richard Nixon. Whatever your politics, this is really scary.

March 31 2010 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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