Saturday, July 26, 2008

Nas Takes on Fox News


So the hip hop community, and suprisingly much of the mainstream media, is abuzz with talk of Nas teaming up with Color of Change and Move On to stop Faux News' unfair and unbalanced attacks on people of color. There was a protest in front of the NewsCorp building in midtown on Wednesday where "famed hip hop artist Nas joined ColorofChange.org, MoveOn.org, and lots of young sign-carrying protesters to demand that FOX News stop calling race-baiting attacks fair and balanced news" (racewire).

Nas delievered a pitition of more than 620,000 signatures and addressed Fox's, particularly Bill O' Reilly's , blatant racism on The Colbert Report. He also performed his song "Sly Fox". Check out the clip of Nas on the Colbert Report...

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Fox News has a record of bullying liberal media and an aggressive anti-hip-hop agenda (remember the whole Stop Snitchin' fiasco?). Nas was caught in Fox's cross hairs for a his participation in a performance at VA Tech shortly after the shooting. Check out the full "Sly Fox" video which talks about O'Reilly's attack on Nas...

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Bill O'Reilly responded to Nas' appearance on the Colbert Report as an attempt to boost record sales and then tries to flip the switch saying that Nas is racist because he wanted to give his new album the controversial title "Nig**r." Check out a clip from the show...

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Please believe that Nas, Color of Change, and Move On are on point with their criticism of Faux News. Fox news will stop at nothing to promote their right-wing racist heteropatriarchial agenda. Fox News is so despicable that it will even stoop to doctoring photos to make rivals look "ugly" and and cartoonish in order to discredit them. The did it to New York Times writer Jacques Steinberg and editor Steven Reddicliffe. Check out the summary from Media Matters which broke the story:

During a segment in which Fox & Friends co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade labeled New York Times reporter Jacques Steinberg and editor Steven Reddicliffe "attack dogs," Fox News featured photos of Steinberg and Reddicliffe that appeared to have been digitally altered -- the journalists' teeth had been yellowed, their facial features exaggerated, and portions of Reddicliffe's hair moved further back on his head.

Check out the actual clip in question...

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Check out MSNBC's Coverage...

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Fellow Times writer David Carr was particularly outraged by the doctored photos and stood up to Fox and its dirty tactics. Carr also points out the Antisemitism apparent in the photoshopped photo of Jacques Steinberg, Carr notes:
“In a technique familiar to students of vintage German propaganda, (Steinberg’s) ears were pulled out, his teeth played apart, his forehead lowered and his nose widened and enlarged in a way that made him look more like Fagin than the guy I work with.” (For more Click Here)

Lastly, I want leave you with this ill doctrine clip which proves that no matter how many times O'Reilly tries to discredit Nas by saying his name wrong all he's doing is showing his bigoted immaturity and making himself look and sound like a fool.

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Props to Nas, Color of Change and Move On.

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