President Obama turned 50 on Friday. So did – could – partisan Fox News lay off him about it? Apparently not. It’s like asking a skunk to give up its stink.
Famously (it’s been Tweeted alone over 1,300 times!), their web propaganda organ, Fox Nation, posted the article “Obama’s Hip-Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs.” Note Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder performed, according to their write-up. Neither are known for their hip-hop acts. DJ Cassidy did play some hip-hop tunes but mixed with a wide variety of musical genres. If the deliberately misleading title wasn’t enough of a conservative race-baiting dog whistle, the accompanying photos might clue in the denser fanboys. All of the photos of attendees are of blacks even though many guests weren’t. Fox Nation doesn’t do subtle.
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If that were all. Fox Nation also posted some b-day whacks from their Tea Party pals, Michele Bachmann and Allen West. And what trashing of President Obama by Fox News would be complete without Fox & Friends getting their b-day digs in too?
I’ve compiled the complete collection for your viewing displeasure. TPM compiled their own video from which I stole 2 brief clips.
Steve P. said:
I was going to join your email list but I didn’t want to one of only 3 people on it. Pretty sad.
Have you heard of wikipedia? Why don’t you look up Herbie Hancock, read the whole thing, and then claim again he’s not part of the “hip-hop” culture?
here’s a clip:
In 1983, Hancock had a mainstream hit with the Grammy-award winning instrumental single “Rockit” from the album Future Shock. It was the first Jazz Hip-Hop song ever and became a worldwide anthem for the breakdancers and for the Hip-Hop culture of the 1980s It was also the first mainstream single to feature scratching…
FIRST MAINSTREAM SINGLE TO FEATURE SCRATCHING! Can you imagine
His latest work includes assisting the production of the Kanye West track “RoboCop”, found on 808s & Heartbreak.
The boner you have for ripping on Fox isn’t doing you any good. Why don’t you listen to Glenn Beck, buy some gold, and take a long vacation?
Mr. S. Knabt said:
Actually, I have taken a long vacation. A very, very, very long one from blogging. I’m surprised there are even 3 people on my email list. I prefer Twitter.
One of my favorite bands – I’m showing my age here – is Aerosmith. Aerosmith will proudly tell you their roots are heavy in blues influence. I have a blues cover album they did – it was one of their later works. It’s not too hard to pick up the blues influence in some of their music. Is Aerosmith part of the blues culture? I’d say not so much. Not too long ago I saw Chris Botti in concert. I picked up a live Boston album of his. Obviously, Aerosmith’s roots are in Boston but it still surprised me to see Steve Tyler do a guest appearance with Botti. He did “Smile,” an old Nat King Cole song. So now is Tyler part of the jazz or big band culture? Yeah, right.
We can get into an epic debate over Herbie Hancock being part of the hip-hop culture but none of this is really the point is it? It’s a debate tactic. Sniping on a minor point as a distraction. Insulting the popularity of the blog. More distraction. Let’s talk about everything but the real issue. Exactly why did Fox Nation, a web piece of the “fair and balanced” Fox News franchise, use the hip-hop headline?
It certainly wasn’t to enlighten. Maybe a put-down? Like the entire collection of put-downs I documented Fox Nation and Fox News Fox And Friends do.
Glenn Beck? I used to catch him when he was on Fox News. He’s a shock jock whose career was on the skids so he hopped onboard the right-wing pundit gravy train. He reminds me of dried up comic Dennis Miller who revived his tanking career by turning his snark hard to the right. As you probably are aware, he’s linked up with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly to do “fair and balanced” shows across the nation. In Beck’s case, depending on what story believe, either his ego got too big for Roger Ailes to swallow or his crackpot extremism led to a profit draining advertiser drought prematurely ending his cable news career. I haven’t bothered to feed the Beck cash machine by joining his army of online followers. I don’t know if he’s genuinely a crackpot or just an opportunist gaming an army of sincere but a bit off Tea Party faithful. Beck shilling paranoid “food safety” products and questionable gold merchant products isn’t encouraging.
I appreciate your investment advice but I’d rather not, say, buy coins through Goldline when you can directly invest in bullion through a professional, audited SPDR. There’s something about buying an ‘investment’ at retail prices which I know I’ll end up selling wholesale that seems like a sucker’s bet.