White House Press Secretary Supports Common

After Sarah Palin and conservative pundits at Fox News attack Common, Press Secretary Jay Carney defends his invite to a White House poetry event.

Attempts by Tucker Carlson, Sarah Palin and the conservative right to brand Common as a “controversial rapper” have been quelled after White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended the Chicago emcee. Sean Hannity of Fox News said the decision to invite Common was a case of President Obama “going back to his radical roots again and again and again.” Hannity, Palin and Carlson used lyrics from Common’s previous appearance on “Def Poetry Jam” as the type of material the emcee could potentially perform at the White House event. However, Carney dismissed any notion of the invite being radical.

“It’s ironic that to take out those particular lyrics about this particular artist [who’s] in fact known as a socially conscious hip-hop artist, rapper who has done a lot of good things,” Carney said during a recent press conference. “You can oppose some of what he has done and appreciate some of the other things he has done.”

Palin was caught in a similar situation after attempting to use an old LL Cool J interview on her “Real American Stories”—also aired on Fox. The segment was preemptively pulled after LL took to Twitter and expressed his dissatisfaction. On-air personalities from the Fox network, including Bill O’Reilly, have also taken verbal jabs at Nas lyrical content to further their agenda. Nas responded with the song “Sly Fox.”

38 Comments

  • j8ailey

    Martha. You disgusting racist whore. Done.

  • Eric Bains

    this is great PR for common. I can't wait for him to rap about this on his next album Sly Fox is a awesome song lol

  • Palin666Racist

    So it's perfectly A-OK with bitter loser Palin, the cheerleading Hater In Chief Of America, that her best buddy whom she has appeared with and supported, Ted Nugent , who is a draft dodging chicken hawk burnt out aging one-hit-wonder rocker viciously rages onstage at the President of the United States that he's a piece of s*** and to suck on his machine gun??? Then he calls our Secretary of State a "worthless b**ch. That's okay with you Mrs. Palin isn't it….I'm sure you approved and smirked the same way you did when your adoring audience, some of whom held stuffed toy monkeys with Obama's name on them, yelled "Kill Him!". Now THAT is the definition of "vile".

  • Myan McConico

    "def comedy jam"? for real? but in that video, ol girl got superbly pwnd by the sista.

  • Born Power Supreme Allah

    that little girls argument is ridiculous. today's youth could give a fuck about robert frost. These racist crackers will attack anything the president does. How pathetic, they attack Common of all people. I would be embarrassed to be a republican in this day and age. I dont understand how any blacks & latinos can consider themselves conservative, when the basis of their belief system is about restoring america back to the days when whites had no competition from minorities. the stars and stripes are symbols of oppression to people of color. What we are seeing are a desperate people, trying to cling on tight to yesterday in an ever changing world. Soon Mexicans will be the majority and this shit scares the hell out of these crackers.

  • Atl2Trill

    Fuck Fox news. Racist one sided bs news they always reporting on.

  • Avatar5

    Ugh, that white chick gets on my nerves. All I hear coming out of her mouth is Fox News' one sided POV... AND IT'S NOT EVEN THE RIGHT POV! The reason why this "controversy" (which is really Fox News being stupid) is so irritating is because if you know ANYTHING about Common, almost literally ANYTHING, about his character, his music, if you've ever listened to an entire album by him you know that what Fox News is saying is garbage. It's like the people working for Fox News just came into work, sat down in front of a camera, and were told to push some argument that somebody just put down in front of them on a piece of paper. WITH NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF COMMON WHATSOEVER. Just sit down, push this argument, we don't care if it's right, wrong, loopy-doop, we don't give a fuck! Just push it.

  • Avatar5

    Ugh, that white chick gets on my nerves. All I hear coming out of her mouth is Fox News' one sided POV... AND IT'S NOT EVEN THE RIGHT POV! The reason why this "controversy" (with is really Fox News being stupid) is so irritating is because if you know ANYTHING about Common, almost literally ANYTHING, about his character, his music, if you've ever listened to an entire album by him you know that what Fox News is saying is garbage. It's like the people working for Fox News just came into work, sat down in front of a camera, and were told to push some argument that somebody just put down in front of them on a piece of paper. WITH NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF COMMON WHATSOEVER. Just sit down, pushing this argument, we don't care if it's right, wrong, loopy-doop, we don't give a fuck! Just push it.

  • Back 2 Real

    Rev. Wright hasn't said ANYTHING that's NOT true.

  • Back 2 Real

    Attention you "rappers"...WAKE THE FUCK UP! And get your asses back on speaking on REAL shit! let the pop artist handle the party shit, we need you dropping knowledge again. PLEASE! Peace to Common.

    • Born Power Supreme Allah

      these fools don't have any knowledge to drop. it's the blind leading the blind. the sad part is they think they don't need to be knowledgeable, like being positive is played out or lame. what you're seeing is the results of almost 500 years of programing and reprograming, they're doing just what their master wants...

  • Anonymous

    Ridiculous... Fox news is the the worst excuse for a media outlet. This is just another example of them pushing their agenda... SMDH. Stupid ass host actually goes on to talk about Common lyrics like she knows his music... GTFOH. This I why I believe none of what I hear and half of what I read.

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  • Anonymous

    My God the host of the show is obnoxious and really has no room for different opinions. Stupid Whore

    • Born Power Supreme Allah

      i condone violence, and that bitch shoulda got popped upside her head for carrying the torch of ignorance. and she gets payed well to promote dumb shit, only in america!

  • Anonymous

    Woah this fox news reporter makes me hate her. It's a show though, they want to appeal to certain people and and gain new followers who agree stupidly. She acts like common has no smart or intelligent poetry. When really common is very poetic and continually points out the negative things in hip-hop/culture/life that threaten us. 'No matter how much I elevate I kiss the floor'

  • Brandt Hardin

    Palin and FOX only say what they think their audience wants to hear as far as Neocon propaganda. This imprudent commentary has caused damage to the world view of America including critical comments such as this which expose not only racism and bigotry but the obtuse world-view of the people this kind of rhetoric seems fit to represent. I was compelled to create a visual commentary about this very thing on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/sarah-palin-made-me-do-it.html

  • east atl

    @joe5286 lol Tell em bro its not about skin color ALL presidents are puppets anyway i voted for obama BEFORE i Found out how shit is really run heres a interesting fact ALL presidents are related to each other & Trace Back to a British royalty hell 15 presidents can be traced back 2 king Edward the 3 alone including Bush & Obama this is no conspiracy stuff anybody can easily find this info WELL Sourced and fill in the blanks fam

  • 420westcoast

    LOL!! what do you expect the press secretary to say? if he wants to keep his job, he better agree with the invite haha.

  • Guest

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koN-yF4ySQs&feature=related Skywalker - Barton Block

  • IT

    Predictable. This is the shit FOX is feeding to middle America every goddamn night.

  • charles x

    AND GUESS WHAT. W BUSH HAD OF ALL PEOPLE IN THE WHITE HOUSE N W A RAP GROUP. TELL ME SOMETHING IS WRONG.

  • whiteold

    white people. smh.

    • Atothe

      case in point juan williams crazy motherfucker lol

    • whiteold

      Im sorry about the answer. Heres a better one to replace my original. white women. smh.

    • Anonymous

      Don't group three idiots with my entire ethnicity, douche. Just because Palin's a cunt doesn't mean all of us feel and think that way. Btw, black people can be crazy conservatives too. Political parties don't, believe it or not, segregate in by the color of your skin, but rather the color of your seat. I personally would love to hear Common's poem. He's one of the few modern poets who can actually enlighten and inspire. Most poets nowadays (musically or literary) lack half the wisdom, insight and responsibility Common has. There. Not a bad word about Common from me, so rethink your comment. Ignorant kids who don't think before they post, smh.

  • joe5286

    Obama is garbage b/c he's Bush's third term -- but for real, Common is probably in the top 10 as far as positive hip hop artists are concerned, this is fucked up how they're making him look like a gangsta rapper

    • Anonymous

      the health care bill hasnt provided shit. do your research. he just killed osama with the military that BUSH put over there in the first place. so yeah its safe to say he has continued Bushes work.

    • IT

      That's bullshit man. Get your facts straight. Obama's health reform bill for instance was one of the most important pieces of legislation passed in the last several decades in this country. It wasn't as powerful as the far-left demanded but the reforms are substantial enough to provide health-care to millions of people who couldn't afford to fight with insurance companies. It is also responsible for removing the language of "pre-existing conditions" from these companies which is commonly used to fuck the lower classes. All people hear about (because of networks like FOX) is the negative, but if I were to ask you to go into detail about your opinion of the president you wouldn't have shit to say. Do your own research if you're going to make political statements.

    • joe5286

      because Obama has continued every major policy of George Bush. I don't care what color his skin is

    • Anonymous

      how could you say that about your two term black president. that he is garbage. do be insane like those slick fox b/s so called news. get real. pal

  • FOX NEWS

    He is Black that is enough evidence against him.

    • Anonymous

      u got that right. everything that the brother does, the foxer's @ so called news b/s. they make me sick. and want credit for the capture of ben.

  • Jesus

    Common probably one of the best rappers ever. but its Cool Common dont get mad. Fox is the same news company that had to ask CBS how to spell Osama Bin Laden when he died. Common is very deep and really artisticaly great. i just bought BE and with good beats his shit is fire. UMC sucked ass tho. had a few high points. haa but FUCK EM COM, Release another album produced by Kanye

    • im confused

      nahh you cant be the hip hop savior,, we already got one.. lil b the based god.. swaggg... fuck false prophets. and its GGEEEEEEEEEEEEE-sus-a if your black

    • Jesus

      if you sell oranges on the street its Hey-Zues if your white black or some other nationality that aknowledges the J as Jay then its Jesus. as long as you admit and prosper from me being your hip hop savoir. it dont matter

    • khordkutta

      is that HEY-ZEUS OR GEE-ZUS

    • Common

      thank you jesus i will

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