Common sense: Dear media, please stop playing the right’s phony, racially tinged controversy game

The right's latest Boogeyman: ironically, once called Common Sense.

If Sean Hannity poses a question, there’s a good chance there’s nothing newsworthy in the answer.

The Fox News also-ran, who’s got to be chomping at the bit to get the spotlight back now that Glenn Beck is nearly out the door, has sparked “Holy crap, Barack Obama is a scary, black man!” meme that is the right’s default whenever they get frustrated at not being able to defeat the president on policy. Cue the fake outrage:

Being biased is just another part of doing jobs at Fox News. This time, they’re suddenly changing their opinion of rapper Common now that he has received an invitation to a White House event, according to Rolling Stone.

Fox News has labeled Common as a “vile rapper” without any support. The claim came suddenly when Michelle Obama invited him to a poetry event at the White House.

P.S.: He’s also a terrorist sympathizing black nationalist commie! And you know what that means! Barack Obama is a terrorist sympathizing black nationalist commie, and so is his rapper-invitin’ wife. It may not fit on a bumper sticker, but if you’ve got a big enough truck, you’re all set for 2012.

Fox wasn’t slowed down in the slightest by the fact that a “reporter” from their own network interviewed Common in 2009 and gushed, “your music is very positive…you’re known as the conscious rapper.”

Jesus, take the BigWheel.

I guess it was only a matter of time before the aftermath of the Osama bin Laden killing devolved in right wing world from “how can we give George Bush the credit” to “how can we scare President Obama into not talking about killing bin Laden and benefiting politically” to “how can we change the subject entirely, to something racial that will get the Viagra crowd who forms Fox News’ base riled up again. But picking on Common — who even as Mayberry a character as Jay Carney understands to be a conscious hip-hop artist (just like the Fox dude said), is dumb even for a guy who thinks getting a shout-out from T-Pain makes him seem cool.

For the uninitiated, here’s a sample of Hannity’s pal T Pain’s lyrics:

mamy you look so professional follow when you ..
i can’t believe i’m doing what i’m doing
what is wrong with my head go ahead
’cause baby i like how you’re working it
and watching you you’re working it
i’m trying get you out of this club and .. in my bed
ohh, go ahead, yeah.

now let me see the booty work, booty work,
booty work, boo booty work,
booty work, booty work, boo boo boo booty work,
go ahead, go ahead,
now let me see the booty work, booty work,
booty work, boo booty work.
left chick, right chick, left chick, right chick.

black car, black .., black shirt, black ..
there go, there go, baby girl keep on what you’re doing
there go, there go, come on girl keep on doing what you’re doing

Now that’s White House material in Hannity world.

Maybe the president and first lady should have invited him to the White House to read poetry … or maybe the ghost of Eazy-E (he visited the George H.W. Bush White House, but likely did not perform his hit, “F— the Police…)

… or perhaps Hannity’s other pal, Ted Nugent. Of course they’d have to trust that Nugent wouldn’t shoot them. Metaphorically of course, cuz you know … they’re just songs… and stage rhetoric…

And just when you thought the Common head explosions weren’t enough of a waste of supposedly credible journalists’ time — I mean was it really necessary to spend that much time in the White House press briefing giving life to this nonsense? — now it appears the Breitbartians are going after Jill Scott. Jill… freaking … Scott.

Why not just issue an edict from Rupert Murdoch that the Obamas are never to associate with another black person again, ever. Or else they’re racist. The way we’re going, you can at minimum get Ed Henry or someone from ABC News to ask a pointed question about the new edict at Carney question time, which will give legit journos on cable an excuse to do a full blown segment about how “some people” think Barack Obama should stop talking to anyone darker than he is. Could that mean Reggie Love is out of a job? We’ll have a panel of Bush administration insiders to discuss it, right after the break…

To review, the right has now treated us to suggestions that President Barack Obama is

  • A racist who hates white people and the white culture (Glenn Beck)
  • A Muslim (how to even count the wingers…)
  • A Muslim even if he doesn’t know he is one because his daddy was won (Franklin Graham)
  • Really Kenyan (birthers, birther master Donald Trump)
  • Too dumb and black to get into Harvard or write his own books (Trump)
  • Anti-colonialist in the tradition of the Mau Mau (Newt Gingrich, Ramesh Ponuru)
  • Planning to put white people in concentration camps (Beck)
  • Planning to serve “ham hocks and collard greens” in those concentration camps (G. Gordon Liddy)
  • A magic Negro (Rush Limbaugh)
  • An “Indonesian welfare thug” (Mark Williams, former tea party leader)
  • An “affirmative action” hire … by 52 percent of voters ... (Pat Buchanan, Erick Erickson, etc.)
  • A hater of white policemen who only defends professors who are accosted by police in their own homes because they’re black
  • And an ape
  • Meanwhile, we’ve seen Michelle Obama accused of

  • Calling people “whitey”
  • Hating her country or only loving it when her husband won an election
  • Doing the “terrorist fist jab”
  • A cartoon Angela Davis
  • … and wanting to bully children into not being fat
  • Spot a theme, much?

    At some point, the volume of nonsense leaves no other conclusion but that these people can’t handle the notion of a black president. Their minds have been blown.

    These folks are gonna have to nominate Herman Cain for president and make him their racial human shield, just to provide basic cover.

    At the end of the day, I doubt the president spends much time worrying about the antique racial views of the people at Fox News, or Andrew Breitbart, or Rush Limbaugh, or tea party whoever. The only way this Common story starts to matter is if the White House foolishly takes the bait and disinvites him or Jill Scott. And the only other reason it matters is because the proper media keeps giving in to Fox News’ cries for attention. Hell, even I’ve gone and given in to it. The Reverend Wright/ACORN/Marxist Kenyan/rappers in the White House scaremongering is the right’s only gambit going into 2012, and we shouldn’t be surprised they’re playing it (even if they’re playing it awfully early in the electoral calendar.)

    But for the sake of the rest of our sanity, they should be left alone in their little echo chamber. With Ted Nugent.

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    7 Responses to Common sense: Dear media, please stop playing the right’s phony, racially tinged controversy game

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      At the end of the day the Common Controversy is exactly that … common. It’s the same old uncritical media hype dressed up in newer, cooler clothes. If the hype goes unchallenged then a large number of news consumers may actually believe these inflated interpretations of otherwise ordinary events. And, they may ignore uncommon and extraordinary events that actually affect their lives.

      Read my full Huffpo article:

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