Fox News: If It’s Black, We Attack!

Common: threat or menace? Both, according to Fox News.

Last week The White House invited several rappers and hip-hop artists, including Common and Jill Scott to a poetry performance.

And Fox News went on the attack.  The target of their wrath?  Common, the so-called “conscious rapper.”

Bill O’Reilly:

First lady Michelle Obama invited a number of poets to read their works at the White House Wednesday night. Among them is a rapper named Common, who is controversial to say the least.

This guy has sympathized with convicted cop killers. He also does the usual rap stuff, touting guns and other anti-social behavior. In addition, he is a friend of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

So why on earth would the president and first lady invite this man to the White House?

The answer, I believe, is that the Obamas do not understand the sensibilities of many Americans. We saw that during the campaign with the president’s comments on guns and religion.

The real issue that Jay Carney dodged is about appropriate behavior. Murdered police officers is not something you rap about lightly. Common has no idea what happened, yet he has taken an irresponsible position.

The president and first lady have made a major mistake in inviting this man to the White House. He surely does not deserve that honor.

Sarah Palin:

“You know, the White House’s judgment on inviting someone who would glorify cop killing during Police Memorial Week, of all times, you know, the judgment–it’s just so lacking of class and decency and all that’s good about America with an invite like this.”

Sean Hannity:

It seems this administration will never learn its lesson. Tomorrow, Michelle Obama is set to host an evening of poetry and will welcome a slew of poets, musicians, students from all across the country to the White House. Among them is a controversial rapper and poet, Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., better known as Common. Now, he’s a staunch supporter of the president and has a running list of controversial comments.

Two thousand and seven, during an HBO’s “Def Poetry” appearance, Common called for the burning of President George W. Bush. Now the poem reads — I’m not the best at this — “Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button, killing over oil and grease, no weapons of mass destruction, how can we follow a leader when this is a corrupt one?”

Common, not surprisingly, is also associated with Obama’s pastor more than 20 years, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Look at this video of Common performing at Trinity United Church of Christ on New Year’s Eve 2007.

Fox News: The most dishonest name in news

As far as rappers go, Common is about as dangerous as a Cosby kid and all these prissy, tight-ass White folks tut-tut-tutting President Obama and the First Lady is nothing more than Fox going back into attack mode against the successful capturing and killing of Osama bin Laden.  Now it’s time to knock the prez back down a few pegs and who better to do it than the lying liars of Fox News?\

Others also saw through Fox’s faked outrage directed at Common.

Common is about the least controversial rapper in the business. He’s roughly as edgy as LeVar Burton. He’s the rap version of Wayne Brady. He’s a friendly, easy-going, cross-cultural musician and actor who stars in easygoing rom-coms with Queen Latifah, only appears menacing to Tina Fey and Steve Carrell on celluloid, and is typically the first person mentioned whenever anybody brings up the concept of a “conscious” MC.

But don’t tell that to FOX News and Sarah Palin.

~ Entertainment Weekly

Conservatives on Fox News are spending this week attacking the White House for inviting the rapper-poet Common to the White House for a poetry reading last night. They are upset with Common for poetry he recited on the TV show Def Poetry Jam, targeting President Bush for taking us to war in Iraq and not finding weapons of mass destruction. Karl Rove called him a thug for standing onstage reciting poetry in a wig. Really? The congressional staffers the GOP sent to disrupt the vote counting outside of a government office in Miami during the 2000 presidential-election recount were more thuggish.

Artists tend to reflect most immediately on their surroundings and interpret them for the world to see and hear. Common is by far one of the most community-focused rappers, with lyrics that try to educate and stimulate thinking and positive behavior. In fact, he once wrote a song called “Retrospect for Life” about the struggle over whether or not to abort his unborn child. Many would consider the song “pro-life” because he and the mother decide to keep the baby, proclaiming, “$315 ain’t worth your soul.” The conservatives chose to ignore that in their critiques.

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Anti-racism activist Tim Wise called out Fox for their race-baiting and Jon Stewart went off on a monumental blast to blister the network for their hysterical whipping on anti-rap resentments of their conservative audience.

What is UP with Fox News? Why do they lose their shit about rappers like Common stopping by the White House. Why do they think there’s so mileage in attacking rap when its White kids who are the primary purchasers of rap?

This is simply another Fox News manufactured “controversy.” There IS NO STORY here. Just another “scary Black folks” con-job “controversy” manufactured by the scare mongers of Fox to whip up White conservatives into a mouth-foaming fury.

The real hypocrisy is how Fox wags its finger in its own self-righteousness at Common, a rapper that’s about as hardcore as Stevie Wonder while not saying jack shit about Mike Huckabee announcing he’s not running for  president on his show with Terrible Ted Nugent, the Motor City Madman, by his side.

Fox is fine with Mr. “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang’ calling Hillary Clinton “a worthless bitch” or saying Barack Obama should suck on his shotgun because Nugent’s politics mirror their own.  Which is why they can raise hell over Common’s lyrics while ignoring these:

I´ve got no inhibitions
So keep your keys out of your ignition
I steal a car like I got the curse
I can´t resist the old lady’s purse

Jailbait you look so good to me
Jailbait won´t you set me free
Jailbait you look fine fine fine
I know I´ve got to have you in a matter of time

Well I don´t care if you´re just thirteen
You look too good to be true
I just know that you´re probably clean
There´s one lil’ thing I got do to you

Jailbait you look so good to me
Jailbait won´t you set me free
Jailbait you look fine fine fine
I know I´ve got to have you in a matter of time

So tell your mama that I´m back in town
She likes us boys when it´s time to get down
She´s got this craving for the underage
I just might be your mama’s brand new rage

Jailbait you look so good to me
Jailbait won´t you set me free
Jailbait you look fine fine fine
I know I got to have you in a matter of time

Honey you you you look so nice
She´s young she´s tender
Won´t you please surrender
She’s so fine she´s mine
All the time, all mine mine
It´s all right baby
It´s quite all right I asked your mama
Wait a minute officer
Don´t put those handcuffs on me
Put them on her and I´ll share her with you

Jailbait, jailbait

The Nuge and the Huck crooning for poon.

The message from Fox is Black rappers expressing doubts of a cop killer’s guilt is wrong, but old White rockers singing about fucking underage girls?  That’s cool because they don’t really mean it.

Got it. Hypocrites.

Fox’s right-wing, race-baiting bullshit is so obvious it’s not even mildly amusing to point it out anymore.