Stewart Slams Fox Over Rapper Brouhaha ... Via Rap
No cops, Bushes hurt as Common performs at poetry night
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2011 6:12 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Rapper Common was among several artists who performed at a poetry event at the White House last night—and he didn't shoot any cops. The rapper, whose presence at the event infuriated conservative pundits who seized upon some of his controversial lyrics, gently recited verses about love and the suffering of young people in a violent culture, reports the Washington Post. Other guests included singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Jill Scott and former poets laureate Rita Dove and Billy Collins

Jon Stewart, meanwhile, noted that Common—"a Grammy-winning vegetarian"—is actually a very mainstream rapper. The Daily Show host accused Fox pundits of hypocrisy for attacking Common but not going after artists like Johnny Cash, who wrote his share of violent lyrics and was honored by George W. Bush, or Ted Nugent, who has made violent remarks about Obama and Hillary Clinton but whom Sean Hannity calls a friend. Stewart then launched into an anti-Fox rap of his own. Sample lyric: "The truth that you're stretching leaves me retching."

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Lioness
May 12, 2011 10:15 PM CDT
Fox News is a joke. Using sensationalism to stir up the elderly. Common is about as anti-gangsta rap as rappers get, but as usual, they feel it's better to ignore facts.
TomJL
May 12, 2011 3:34 PM CDT
Though I'm no fan of Hannity, I'm happy Fox News exists. Let the conservative bias be heard. We have plenty of liberal bias on TV. As for Stewart, he's funny but... when push comes to shove, he pushes his own liberal agenda. Stewart has his own minions, mostly jaded, smart-alecky youth. In order to get the whole truth, you have to seek multiple sources and investigate things on your own. Few have the time or the inclination.
KC-Guy
May 12, 2011 10:45 AM CDT
Ted Nugent is disgusting. Hannity and him make quite a couple! Now go shoot something!