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‘Tyra’ Appearance Sparks Palin-Johnston Scuffle

Posted on Apr 3, 2009
Johnston and Banks

Levi Johnston, above, has raised Sarah Palin’s hackles by talking sex on “The Tyra Banks Show.”

What’s a former would-be-son-in-law of Sarah Palin to do once his time as an adjunct member of the family is over? Why, go on “The Tyra Banks Show” of course, as Bristol Palin’s ex, Levi Johnston, has done in an episode slated to air Monday. This media-baiting move has clearly angered Mama Bear Palin.

After taking about sex on The Tyra Banks Show, Johnston – the 18-year-old father of Bristol Palin’s baby – was hit with a blistering response from Bristol’s family.

“Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show. We’re disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship,” says the statement from the Palin family rep, Meghan Stapleton.

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By Bukko in Australia, April 10, 2009 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment

Ooooh SueD—you have mastered the fine art of rhetorical persuasion; namely, calling everyone you’re trying to persuade an idiot who blindly follows a cult-like leader. Thank goodness Repiglickins never did that under the reign of realPresident Cheney, eh? Could you point out to me your posts criticising Congress and the former preznit when they were spending trillions on the Wars of Freedom and Liberation in Parthia and the Babylon Oil Colony? Because I’m sure I’d find them as inspiring as I do your screed below.

It’s a bummer when you disagree so strongly with your country’s leader. I’ll tell you what made it seem better for me—emigrating to another country. I took the right-wingers’ advice to heart: “America—love it or leave it.” (Only in my house, we said “America—fix it or fuck it.” If things are bad enough for you, I suggest upping sticks (as they say down here) for a nation that suits your philosophy.

Don’t try Australia, Canada or England, though. They have governments that spend a lot of money on foreign wars and have budget deficits. Plus, people like Obama in those lands. I suggest that you try countries that wonderful George Bush remade to his liking. Maybe Iraq or Afghanistan? As Joe Isuzu used to say on “Saturday Night Live” (back when it was briefly funny again) “Yeaaaaaah, THAT’S the ticket!”

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By samosamo, April 10, 2009 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

By SueD, April 10 at 12:14 pm

I will continue to put the blame where it should be. And that is on every single bastard that has served as president and in congress for the past 120 years. And check your facts a little better, that $83,000,000,000.00 is for those 2 illegal wars that w & dick got us into for shits and giggles(only I’m not laughing)in Iraq and Afghistan. It just so happens that obama is now continuing the same damn wars when he led people to think he would end them. So I am not fooled and it is not easy to remain that way since those goddamn motherf**ker conservatives have stolen our media to advance those neocon agendas that have really sent this country spiraling into hell. And if you are who I think you are, clinton was in on it also just as obama is demonstrating that there is no difference in the 2 parties.

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By SueD, April 10, 2009 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
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While you’re laughing at this Palin fiasco, our BOSS, namely the Prez., is quietly spending your money until you will have nothing left. Get a life and realize Obama and Congress are NOT YOUR FRIENDS and are destroying this country with $3.5 trillion budget, $83 billion just requested for defense, and $4 trillion already spent on top of it. Now, blame George Bush and the Republicans why don’t you and keep your blind eyes on adoring Obama. I feel for you, guys because you’re falling for it.

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By Bukko in Australia, April 10, 2009 at 3:55 am Link to this comment

Too bad the Jerry Springer Show is no longer on TV. The Palin-Johnston clan feud would be perfect for it! Rednecks bellowing and cursing, and I’m sure they could rip at each others’ flannels and parkas. Maybe there could be a “Judge Judy Celebrity Political Version” where the young couple irons out visitation with Torrk or whatever the latest Wasillbilly spawn is named.

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By samosamo, April 7, 2009 at 6:39 pm Link to this comment

Sad to know how fucked up the mainstream media is with crap like this. But even worse is TruthDig having it on its website now for 4 days and just 14 comments mostly directed at how fucked up the media is.
Come on robert scheer, you’re playing the marketing gimmick or something. There are lot more important things than this or those 2 ‘god’ posts that racks up the hits for your advertizers.

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By RickinSF, April 7, 2009 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment
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The Palins protest too much.

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By BlueEagle, April 7, 2009 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment

Come on Truthdig - who cares!

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By sophrosyne, April 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment
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Palin continues to embarrass Republicans.  The melt down of this sleazy party coninues.

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By mill, April 6, 2009 at 7:30 pm Link to this comment

it’s too bad some people refuse to leave these young parents outside the glare of media attention. growing into their responsibilities will be all the greater challenge in the fishbowl of public scrutiny

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By Inherit The Wind, April 6, 2009 at 10:56 am Link to this comment

freelyb, April 6 at 11:00 am #

Though I agree with these perspectives on the hypocrisy and seediness of the whole thing, I am really po’d at the media role here.

Tyra Banks has got to be one of the most useless people on the planet. She is a false representative of femininity, a pied piperess leading our daughters into a wasteland of meaningless ideals.


I disagree!  You’ve forgotten The Palin Family!  Not to mention the Bushes and the Chenenys, the Madoffs and Rupert Murdochs!

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By freelyb, April 6, 2009 at 8:00 am Link to this comment

Though I agree with these perspectives on the hypocrisy and seediness of the whole thing, I am really po’d at the media role here.

Tyra Banks has got to be one of the most useless people on the planet. She is a false representative of femininity, a pied piperess leading our daughters into a wasteland of meaningless ideals.

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By steve E, April 5, 2009 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment
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Oh please don’t forget that Palin herself had an abstinence free affair with Todd’s business partner. Is this the Royal Family of Alaskan trailer trash. You betcha, Palin and Joe The Plummer in 2012. Where are my meds…..

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By xypher, April 5, 2009 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

Upholding a long standing GOP tradition, pot calls kettle black.

Were she VP, Johnson would be in gitmo after this appearance with Tyra. Sarah, your 15 minutes are up.

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By photoshock, April 5, 2009 at 7:29 am Link to this comment

The saga continues, ?Gov. Sarah Palin, is now speaking out against the father of her grandchild, how idiotic and extremely ignorant can she get.
She and her clan, know more about media coverage than most of the rest of the world combined, but whether they use the G-d given intelligence they have is another story.
Todd Palin, the First Man, of Alaska, is a true secessionist, he firmly believes that Alaska should commit treason and secede from the United States. Sarah Palin, (R) Alaska, Governor?, believes that they don’t need the stimulus package being given to them by the Federal Government. Meanwhile on the homefront, Bristol, is taking care of two children, her own and her mother’s. And another of their children, female of course, is having another of the boyfriends stay with them.
This is the face of the ‘New Republican Party,’ more like the Grand Orgy Party if you ask me.
In point of fact, all GOP members, think this way, ‘Do as I say, not as I do!’ Now if we can only get the Grand Orgy Party to implode on a national scale such as this, we can be rid of at least one of the problems that is causing this country to go to hell in a hand basket.

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By Inherit The Wind, April 5, 2009 at 6:21 am Link to this comment

What a red-neck Peyton Place!
Todd Palin, Alaska’s first Thug, is a secessionist traitor
Todd has a sister just arrested for burglary—for the SECOND house she broke into
Governor used her office to “git” her sister’s ex- and ruin his career.
She’s caught up in a bunch of corruption scandals.
Underage daughter is allowed to sleep in THEIR HOUSE with her ignorant, thug B/F who is clearly a clone of Todd.
Abstinence doesn’t work (obviously) and a white-shotgun wedding is planned on the National stage.
When it falls apart, the Palins, like the rabid pit-bulls they are, with the National Stage at their beck and call, turn on this poor teenage thuggish slob.
Hey! Sarah! Even though you think this is a dictatorship, we are still a democracy with Free Speech, ruled by law especially since we were smart enough to elect the guy who “was pallin’ around with terrorists” rather than the fascists like YOU!

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By thebeerdoctor, April 5, 2009 at 5:36 am Link to this comment

I can almost hear the wolf killing cougar’s voice:
“Well you know I had no problems with Levi paling around with Tyra, but you now, I kind of wished Ms. Banks would have asked me on her show first.”
You betcha.

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By Debra Istvanik-Strotman, April 4, 2009 at 7:57 pm Link to this comment

What was Palin thinking allowing her teen daugters high school boyfriend to live at her home anyway.

Palin has nerve to call Levi and his family publicity hounds when Palin and her husband are publicity whores of the highest magnitude. Does Palin believe she is the only one to play up to reporters and talk shows?

A woman that paraded her pregnant teen around stage along with the boyfriend has no room to cast stones, as her behavior was deplorable.

Now we hear Bristol is out there promoting abstinance. What next a reality show for the Palin and her daughter on raising baby..

I find it sad that in these times of turmoil Palin as well as the Amerian people have nothing better to do,like charity work, than attacking one another.

I also find it sad that grandma Palin is attacking her granson’father.

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By Ron Ranft, April 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm Link to this comment
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So the pitbull wearing lipstick thinks that everyone should seek her permission to tell their story. Did Bristol tell Levi she waqs going to do an interview? And how is Bristol seeking fame, fortune, and attention any different than Levi’s? Is it because Sarah is oh so much better than Johnston’s family. At least Levi doesn’t have a spokesperson to feign outrage. If I never heard anything at all about these people ever again itwouldn’t bother me in the least. I don’t see a whole lot of intellectual difference between these people in Alsaka than I do with the same kind of people in Alabama.

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By Thomthum, April 4, 2009 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment

“Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show….” Levi was supposed to tell her what he’s doing?

Still trying the manage the poor sod. Run Levi RUN FOR YOUR LIFE MAN! (but keep talking!)

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