Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Be kind, don't rewind (without permission)

Fox News tries to advertise a program of supposedly new American Stories to inspire viewers but LL Cool J notices that he's in the show and didn't know it.

Now there are probably many of you reading this complaining about Fox's misrepresentation of their show, their sleazy way of trying to guilt LL Cool J into changing his mind (or is it just revenge), or their usual description of their profit-making as 'we're just here for the people' but what caught my eye was this apparent contradiction:

"Fox News responded Wednesday morning, saying they would cut the footage of LL Cool J (aka James Todd Smith) from the special."


"A Fox News spokesperson responds, 'Fox News did not commit to restrictions on its interview with Mr. Smith so therefore the network did not need his permission to use the interview in this program.'"

So they didn't need permission and yet removed his clip when he mentions it? Perhaps they're just being considerate, but then why didn't they tell them about their use of his interview beforehand?

[ From the Huffington Post article "LL Cool J vs. Fox News, Sarah Palin" ]

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