LL Cool J vs. Sarah Palin vs. Fox News -- Not a Mashup

No, the title of this post does not refer to a mashup track sampling LL Cool J rhymes in sequence with Palin campaign speeches and Fox TV footage to create a faux duel over quasi-techno remix beats. Though that's not a bad idea...

It refers to LL Cool J's distaste with Fox News for planning to use footage of a 2008 interview he gave in the first episode of Sarah Palin's show, "Real American Stories."

The rapper/actor tweeted last night that Fox had misrepresented his views to promote Palin. "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," Cool J wrote.

Now Fox has removed the footage of LL, and it's zinging back at him with some snippy remarks. Hotline OnCall's Rachelle Douillard-Proulx reports:

"'Real American Stories' features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith's interview fit that criteria," a Fox News spokesperson told Hotline OnCall. The spokesperson pointedly used bold and italic type to call LL Cool J by his given name, James Smith...

"[A]s 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 spokesperson said.

See the full post at Hotline OnCall.