Thursday, April 01, 2010

No joke: The backstory behind LL Cool J and Fox

You've probably heard about the fight between LL Cool J and Fox yesterday over the unauthorized use of ancient interview footage being used to promo Palin's new show. The cynic in me says Fox deliberately flubbed the promos to get more exposure. Which, as a quick check at Memeorandum confirms, they got in spades.

What you probably didn't hear is how Cool J found out about it. Thanks to commenter John W at Balloon Juice who flagged Shoq's post, it turns out that the tweeter known as @QuitPalin and his followers bombarded Cool J's feed asking him why he would appear on the show. Cool J tweeted back the next morning and voila - the story got real legs. For the record, I agree with Shoq that Angelo should have been given some credit for this story. And Fox should send him a thank you gift. Without his help, Cool J might not have tweeted and their trick wouldn't have worked.

Not that I think that's a bad thing. Personally I hope Palin's show is wildly successful. I'd love it if she became such a big Oprah style rock star that she no longer has time for paltry $100K political speaking engagements. Either way her success would be irritating on some level, but if she's just a TV personality it's only annoying. As a potential office holder and political promoter on the circuit, repeatedly inciting violent anger against liberals, she's damned dangerous.

Meanwhile, for you Twitter haters, at DetNews I explain how this proves Twitter is the best tool for activists.

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Anonymous Farman said...

Toby Keith is having issues with is "interview" as well.

2:37:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Yeah so I heard, but I think he's not pulling out of the show. Truthfully, I have no idea who he is. I thought at first they were talking about the guy who was in that show with the two little kids and the butler and the Mrs. Beasley doll.

3:52:00 PM  

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