Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fox News Channel - The Good with The Bad

Fox News Channel. Something good:
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly will pick up the legal tab of the father of a fallen U.S. Marine after a judge ruled that he must pay the court costs of the members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, who he sued for protesting his son's funeral.

And something bad:
Fox News has an unlikely adversary: rapper LL Cool J.

After the network announced that Sarah Palin would host a special Thursday called "Real American Stories" -- featuring interviews with LL Cool J, Toby Keith and other celebrities -- the rapper and country singer both hit back claiming they were lying.

"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," he tweeted.

Likewise, Toby Keith never sat down with Sarah Palin, Keith's spokesman told HifFix. "We were never contacted by Fox," Keith's spokesman said. "I have no idea what interview it's taken from. They're promoting this like it's a brand new interview."

Fox News responded Wednesday morning, saying they would cut the footage of LL Cool J (aka James Todd Smith) from the special. Keith's old interview is still slated to run.

"Real American Stories features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith's interview fit that criteria," a network spokesperson told 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."

No, Mr. Network Spokeperson, it is not that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others. It's that he doesn't want someone claiming that old interview footage is an exclusive new interview with Sarah Palin. And your attempt to spin this as him not wanting to help others is petty and dishonest. Worse, your dismissal of his acting career as "fledgling" is just stupid and childish. A check of his credits at IMDB shows that not only is he the star of a current network series, he has also appeared in many other movies and TV shows.

But really, that doesn't surprise me coming from Fox News. The surprisingly rare good news is way offset by the continual bad.

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