Toby Keith, Like LL Cool J, Jolted by News of Fox News Palin Appearance
March 31, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-HaHaHa. Sorry for my gleeful snark, but Fox News’ latest foray in the fair and balanced department has run way off course. Is Fox News only capable of deception and promoting falsehoods? Toby Keith, a registered Democrat, is now joining LL Cool J in expressing his dismay at being made a part of Sarah Palin’s new show “Real American Stories,” without his knowledge or consent. “We were never contacted by Fox,” Toby’s representative told HitFix on Wednesday. The new show was billed as a vehicle to showcase Palin’s journalistic chops. The show debuts Thursday night, temporarily taking over Greta Van Sustern’s time slot. But Fox News’ promotional rollout of Palin’s new program has been a disaster, which doesn’t bode well for the final product.
This week, Fox News began promoting Palin’s, “Real American Stories, described as a program about people with “real-life tales of overcoming adversity.” It’s on air and print promotions, announced appearances by Toby Keith, LL Cool J and General Electric CEO Jack Welch, giving the impression that Palin personally interviewed the featured guests. But that isn’t the case. Fox News apparently planned to incorporate old interviews, given elsewhere, which the station owns the rights to. So, when LL Cool J learned of his supposed sit down interview with Sarah Palin, he was shocked. And he took to Twitter to denounce Fox News’ deceptive tactics:
“Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palin’s Show. WOW,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
Fox News responded by removing his interview from the program, no doubt searching their archives for ancient footage of some other unsuspecting celebrity. But Fox News didn’t stop there. The network personally attacked LL Cool J using his given name, James Todd Smith:
“Real American Stories features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith’s interview fit that criteria,” a spokesperson tells TVNewser. “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.”
And today, Country singer Toby Keith, also discovered that his name and celebrity is being used to promote the likes of Sarah Palin and Fox News:
‘”Keith, who says he’s a registered Democrat, was not told about the usage of a past interview for Palin’s program. “We were never contacted by Fox,” his rep tells Hitfix.”I have no idea what interview it’s taken from.They’re promoting this like it’s a brand new interview. He never sat down with Sarah Palin.”‘
Unlike LL Cool J’s interview, Keith’s, so far, is still included in Thursday’s debut, of what should now be renamed, “OLD American Stories,” with cutaway clips of the former half-term governor of Alaska looking mavericky and folksy.
According to Media Matters, on its Web site Fox Nation, Fox News was blatantly misrepresenting Palin’s show thusly: “Palin Kicks off Fox News Series with LL Cool J, Toby Keith and More.” That promotion has since been taken down and replaced with “Sarah Palin Debuts Fox News Series, “Real American Stories.”
What about the remaining guest Jack Welch? His interview also seems to be an older clip, which will be spliced into some sort of Frankenstien program, to make it appear as if Palin had a hand in its production.
Watch a Fox News clip promoting Palin’s show with her celebrity “guests” :