Fox News gets caught in false promotion of Sarah Palin’s new show, LL Cool J’s clip removed

Sarah Palin's inspirational special to air on Fox News Thursday will have to find another rapper to be inspired by, after LL Cool J blasted the net for using a canned interview without his permission.

Sarah Palin will premier her first full television show on Fox News tommorrow.  The show will be called “Real American Stories” and feature “uplifting tales about overcoming adversity.”  However there is one uplifting story that will be curiously absent.

Earlier Fox News had said that rapper LL Cool J would appear on Palin’s show.  The press release made it seem as though the rapper was personally going on television for Sarah Palin for a friendly interview.  As an African-American rapper LL Cool J would presumably add some diversity to the show which also featured country singer Toby Keith and General Electric CEO Jack Welch.  Instead it was revealed by LL Cool J himself that the interview in question had been taped in 2008 and not with Sarah Palin.  On Twitter the rapper complained that Fox News was “misrepresenting” the interview in order to promote Palin’s show.

Fox News has now announced that the rapper’s story will not be appearing on Palin’s show as they had previously promoted.  A Fox News spokesperson stated insincerely:

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.”

It appears that when the rapper objected to the use of his interview Fox News took some offense.