Sarah Palin’s Double Standard

March 31, 2010

Update: May as well have this on the record, too. When LL Cool J made a fuss this AM, I stood up for Palin and said via Twitter, he looked like a biatch for complaining. Maybe I wasn't generous enough with the term. heh!

Not real smart, Sarah. Palin makes a fuss about having her name taken off of a list of various SRLC speakers, as the particular invite deals with an RNC fund raising event going on at the same time. 

The RNC invitation touts Palin along with other SRLC speakers, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Fox News host Sean Hannity, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), as “invited speakers” for the event.

Problem is, on the very same day, she did basically the exact same thing to pimp her upcoming show by pushing LL Cool J and Toby Keith. She never actually interviewed either one. Congrats, you just made both events look like they're more about you in your eyes, than anything, or anyone else. Sorry, no well played from me for Sarah on this one. The faithful might love it. But you come off looking more like a prima donna than anything. Let the I'm a Palin hater comments commence. zzzzzz I call 'em like I see 'em. You don't have to like it, folks.

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

Attempts to reach LL Cool J for comment proved unsuccessful. Perhaps he intends a more recent Twitter entry to serve as his rejoinder to the Fox statement: "Nobody can bring you peace but yourself."

Update: Looks like the confusion isn't limited to the hip hop genre. Toby Keith's publicist tells the New York Times that Keith has never done an interview with Palin and she had no idea he was being used in the Palin special. She believes that Fox will be recycling an interview Keith gave Fox in 2009.

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  1. DJ says:

    I think GOP/RNC has bigger issue like dropping the repeal of Obamacare. If this is true than they are finished as a national party. They are essentially the Whigs now.

  2. Bob says:

    Well I am not sure that you can equate the two because she obviously doesn’t edit or produce the promos for fox. You have to remember this was shot a few weeks ago.
    The two actors granted fox the rights to air their interviews in whatever form they like. The RNC was never granted permission to use the former governor’s name in this fund-raising endeavor.
    I think this basically stinks of a way for her to dissociate herself from the RNC(PR nightmare) in a public way.

  3. Stacy says:

    First of all she never said anything about LL Cool J, her self.
    Second of all, she has been used to draw people to fundraisers in the past when she never said she would be at those events. Then caught hell for it from the establishment… If she can’t attend a specific fundraiser she has every right to have her name removed from the advertisement..
    I feel you’re fishing

  4. Terry in Alaska says:

    The RNC invitation touts Palin along with other SRLC speakers, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Fox News host Sean Hannity, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), as “invited speakers” for the event.
    Santorum is the only speaker advertised on the invitation who is confirmed to attend the fundraiser.
    Read more:
    I see no problem really. If she is not going to be there it makes sense to not tout her name.
    As far as Toby Keith and the failing rapper/actor LL NotCool, she never claimed to have interviewed them. Fox had the interviews previously, at least with LL NotCool so he is the one who is the loser in this. IMO
    I’m sure there will be more clarification soon. Strange that these two “artists” would not want to be considered as real American Story types. I would think if this is the attitude they take, they probably weren’t deserving of the honors anyway. Just my opinion.

  5. chercast says:

    SEARCH LLIGHT is hotter than Cool any J.

  6. Lisa Graas says:

    Maybe I’m missing something but it seems that Fox, not Palin, is responsible for making it sound as though she had interviewed him. I get it if you want to criticize her on removing her name from the RNC invitation, but I am not understanding how it is that you think she was responsible for the Fox thing. Granted, it is midnight. Maybe I need to read it again tomorrow.

  7. Lisa Graas says:

    On the RNC thing, it just seems to me that she isn’t going to run for office. No big deal, if that’s what she wants. I agree somewhat with the “not a team player” in the definition of prima donna…….but I tend to think it’s just further evidence that she won’t be running.

  8. Gary says:

    Are you kidding me with this?
    Man, you really are clueless.
    First, anyone who saw the promo for Sarah’s show can tell she didn’t interview anyone. This think will be a whole like Ollie North’s show, where she will mostly narrate and present.
    Who knows if she even chose the topics. (though I bet she will from now on)
    On the other hand, you have the dipshits over at the RNC advertising she will be at their event, when she will not. It’s false advertising and since she is about the only real draw the GOP has, when folks go and she’s not there, there will be a lot of unhappy people.
    Sounds like you and Allahpundit should move in together (if your cats can get along with each other) and get it over with!

  9. Lisa Graas says:

    Gary, I know you’re just being Gary who wants us all to “Let Sarah Be Sarah” but what say we let Dan be Dan?

  10. jann says:

    Oh we will see more of this crap about Sarah screwing up in the future and it will appear to be getting worse not better is what they hope. Sarah is a quick study and will maneuver even further out ahead of them next time. What a bunch of back stabbers, heaven forbid a woman will succeed in this rat race. They don’t really know who they are dealing with with Sarah, she is in charge of her world make no mistake about that. This is going to be very interesting when this all heats up, and who can take the heat better than anyone we know….who has been controlling the conversations in this country…..and who are the people standing behind and going out to a piece of land in the dirty ass desert to see and hear by the thousands….yea you know who:)

  11. alwaysfiredup says:

    Sorry, I think the LLCJ thing reflects worst on Fox, and to a lesser degree on LLCJ. If he doesn’t want to be publicly praised then that’s his call.
    And if Palin’s not going to an event, she’s entitled to not want people saying she’s going to an event. With this as with so many other Palin “scandals”, I just don’t see what the fuss is about.

  12. Jenfidel says:

    Can’t add anything to what the other astute commenters have said, but Dan, I think you’re wee-weed up about nothing this time!
    Too often, Sarah is the victim of “push strategy,” as in “If we put her name at the top as a featured speaker,she’ll have to come!”
    Given the turnout she got in Searchlight last weekend (and basically anywhere she announces she’s going to be), she’s the most sought-after name on everyone’s (Conservative) dance card.
    As for LLFoolJ, he made himself look like a partisan a$$. Too bad, so sad.

  13. Lisa Graas says:

    Sarah Palin controls our conversations?

  14. Live Free Or Die says:


  15. Jeff says:

    this is focusing on the important issues ahead of us ?
    what does this have to do with Obamacare and jobs ?
    guns pointing in the wrong direction again …

  16. greg says:

    Excuse me, but if there is fault to be had about the LLCoolJ flap, it belongs to FOX, not Palin. They are the ones who produced the show, and are in charge of advertising.
    As for the RNC fundraiser, there have been numerous attempts to various organizations, CPAC 2009 comes to mind, to increase attendance by using Palin’s name, several of them continued using her name even after being notified that she was not attending their event.

  17. Dan says:

    OMG, you have really become quite a nut about things Palin. She had nothing to do with them putting an interview up on the website with keith or cool j. Why do you go out of your way to blame her? This is a simple case of the Fox Pr department writing a bad press release, jeez. NO BIG DEAL.

  18. hrh says:

    1. Palin is not responsible for Fox’s advertising department, hence she did NOT “do the very same thing to pimp [had to get sexual there, didn'tcha, Dan?] her show.”
    2. Palin PRIVATELY contacted the RNC twice to have her name taken off as “POLITICO HAS LEARNED.” Meaning she didn’t contact politico “to make a fuss” about this, they learned it on their own.
    3. Palin did not Tweet the world, as LLCoolJ did, before contacting Fox directly in a professional manner. He either immaturely or purposely decided to throw a public snit. The professional thing (which Palin did with the RNC) was to contact them privately to be removed.
    4. Palin ALONE of all the other Repubs in the advertisement has been burned by many (including other Rs) orgs using her in advertising.
    Since 3 strikes means you’re out, then Riehl has really done an EPIC FAIL in this lamo attempt to slime Palin.
    Congratulations, you’re now qualified to work for the MSM.

  19. Lisa Graas says:

    There once was a blogger named Dan
    No starry-eyed Palin fan man.
    Her lovers cried foul
    Wanting Dan disemboweled
    And they hazed him as The Harmattan

  20. Ricky says:

    Dan you know I love you my man. But you are just not being objective when it comes to Palin. This post was just unfair.

  21. Flag Gazer says:

    Dan’s not objective? Have you read the other comments? LOL!!!

  22. unseen says:

    hmmm Dan has eaccused me of being obessed with Palin because I said an article about the TPN suit was an attack on Palin.
    I seemed to have been right. Now we see how that story is used in the followon attack:
    Because the Stanislaus State foundation is technically distinct from the public university, it need not reveal Palin’s speaking fee. But according to an unrelated lawsuit filed in Tennessee’s Williamson County, Palin earned $100,000 when she spoke at the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville in February.
    The lawsuit was filed in late March by a businessman who helped put up the deposit for Palin’s speech.
    Asked Friday about Palin and the foundation, a university spokeswoman confined herself to a previously released statement and declined further comment.
    Read more:
    the elites are stupid they think we are the stupid ones but you can see thru them from a mile. they write a small story about something different with a small attack on Palin in this case her speaking fees. Then they build on that attack in folloup stories all with the central theme of the attack.
    The double stand of Palin Dan?
    Clinton made $40 million in speaker fees. Not many stories used that as a negative, Ollie north did the same type of show for years no negative stories on him. the RNC wants to use Palin’s name without given her a seat at the table she will not allow it and she is the bad guy?
    When people in the RNC and DC give Palin the seat at the table she will help them. Until then she will “leave the empty room” all to them and go fill up her own room.

  23. unseen says:

    Hmmm maybe this is why The RNc tried to put Palin’s name on the ad…..
    With Palin in the state, they collected e-mail addresses for follow-up contact, raised several hundred thousand dollars and attracted the kind of crowds and media coverage that McCain can no longer bring in on his own.
    Read more:,9171,1977121-2,00.html#ixzz0jzJEzwMg