Jon Stewart again smacked Fox News for its fury over Common’s White House appearance, pointing out last night that only huffers of “Foxygen”—“the heady mix of partisan hackery, character assassination, and manufactured outrage”—would be bothered by the rapper’s performance. From there, Stewart attacked Newt Gingrich’s attempt to “hook up with the new generation,” as CNN’s John King put it, by using Twitter and YouTube to announce his presidential candidacy.
Stewart warned Newt: “This whole Twitter thing is not going to work for you, because you’re not cool. You’re what might be known to your generation as a square.” Meanwhile, Bill O’Reilly defended Fox News in response to Stewart's takedown of the network on Wednesday, saying that the organization doesn’t mind Common’s "style." "What we object to is that Common is sticking up for two convicted police killers. It is incredible that the White House would honor a man who has that on his resume." Glenn Beck weighed in, too, suggesting that Common’s White House invitation “clearly indicates” that the president is “anti-cop." (Read more Jon Stewart stories.)