The whole Fox News-generated overblown controversy regarding the rapper and poet Common is one that I’d like to say I find interesting and surprising, BUT … I don’t.
I’d like to say say that the Fox News hysteria over Common’s performance at the White House was strictly related to the network’s misguided belief that he is some sort of a gangsta rapper … or something along those lines.
Frankly, I am not going to go into a long explanation of how ignorant this whole issue is (which is pretty much a given coming from Fox News).
But, I will offer the obvious … this clearly is racially tinged (even if somewhat coded). Once again, Fox News is taking an opportunity to try and portray President Obama as some kind of black nationalist or racist (or someone who sympathizes with black nationalism or anti-white racism). To normal people, this is utterly ludicrous, but to call most of the people at Fox News normal is to borderline defame real normal people.
This whole issue with Common is largely based on race and trying to portray President Obama as an angry black man who is “not really one of us” to the highly conservative Fox News audience. This is the strategy of people like Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin. This is why they attack Common and excuse Ted Nugent.
Hannity, and this is no surprise coming from him, was comfortable with this attack on a black man (that is never a surprise from this man) and a woman running for President of the United States of America.
Nugent’s comments were OK, to Hannity, but the Fox News bigots jumped all over Common and took every shot possible at someone who has a high level of integrity and is quite the conscientious man with very positive messages.
Coming from Fox News, this is no surprise … in fact, it is ironically common.