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Rapper Nas Gives Petition to "Propaganda Machine" Fox News

Rapper Nas Gives Petition to "Propaganda Machine" Fox News

Rapper Nas joined with the Color of Change and MoveOn to deliver a petition to the offices of Fox News yesterday. Just after his controversial album hit number one, Nas took the podium protesting the racist attacks he sees coming from Fox against Black Americans and Barack Obama.

Delivering over 600,000 signatures to the network, Nas delivered a prepared speech saying, "We already knew that Fox is not a news network; they are a propaganda machine . . . Fox poisons this country every time they air racist propaganda and try to call it news. This should outrage every American that Fox uses hateful language to talk about the person that may be the first black president."

Fox declined receipt of the signatures, but issued a statement: "Fox News believes in all protesters exercising their right to free speech, including Nas, who has an album to promote."

That album now called Untitled had an original, much more controversial title. Does this affect his statement against Fox?

To see clips of the Fox language Nas finds offensive — served up on last night's Colbert Report (where the petition was delivered after Fox refused to accept it) — plus Nas's interview with Stephen,


Nas was in studio with Stephen too — see the episode with his interview including talk of his feud with Bill O'Reilly.

Does Nas and the Color of Change/MoveOn petition have a point? Is Fox racist?


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bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Ohh and sorry one more thing: Who said anything had to be fair and balance. H*ll I have learned through life that life is not always fair or balanced. If that is so I want my 40 acres and my mule and the American dream (of a house, my car, husband, and 2.5 kids). Plus I would like my student loans to be paid in full.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Just my two cents: As I read through the comments, I am just floored how people throw around the word racism. I don’t think Fox or any other media outlook is racist: maybe another word can be used. I am not condoning the slip ups or the innuendos that go on but everyone can have a voice or a platform to express their group. I may not believe in a KKK rally or their views but I think they have a right to believe what they want, rally, campaign, and have their parades. I actually, like that people are saying how they feel, its your job as the viewer not to take everything they say as law, their should be multiple sources for research to be well rounded, if your kids are watching it then its your job to say hey this is not right but its best to have an outlook for all views. It may not be right, ethical, or morally right but I would rather here people views, bigotry, racist views then not to. At least you know what you’re up against and you know how to prepare accordingly. I wonder how many minorities work in the background of Fox (and any other news station) and I wonder what they think. I could see if they were racist if they had no correspondents on from another ethnicity, none of their contractors were other races, and no one in the background behind the scenes was minorities. If Fox News strictly deal with whites, reported good news stories solely on white people, and made each and every story about a minority negative ---then I would think there may be a case. I think in this time its all about ratings – what can be said to shock, rile, and get people talking. I just think sometimes when people over use a word it losses relevance ---people don’t want to listen, they feel you are acting or perceiving yourself as a victim, Bigotry is our personal assumptions and the softly spoken question ---Why does so and so or why do those people always ______________________? A bigot is a person who is intolerant of opinions, lifestyles, or identities differing from his or her own, and bigotry is the corresponding state of mind. This is from the wiki I got this definition from my fav dictionary: The Oxford English Dictionary, racism is a belief or ideology that all members of each racial group possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially to distinguish it as being either superior or inferior to another racial group or racial groups. Racism, by its simplest definition, is discrimination based on the racial groups to which people belong. People with racist beliefs might hate certain groups of people according to their racial groups. In the case of institutional racism, certain racial groups may be denied rights or benefits, or get preferential treatment. Racism typically points out taxonomic differences between different groups of people, even though anybody can be racially, independently of their somatic differences. According to the United Nations conventions, there is no distinction between the term racial discrimination and ethnic discrimination. In the perspective of 70s TV: Archie Bunker or George Jefferson don't hate another race, they just don't like them. Archie didn't want blacks in his neighborhood, he personally liked Lionel and Sammy Davis, Jr. while George Jefferson didn't like whites - he personally liked whites who would help him money wise. If they were both racist they would hate anybody black or white and not have anything to do with them.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I think we've pretty much steered clear of this on Citizen, but I think in general that some people call any and everyone who criticizes Obama racist. I am glad 99.99% of the comments on here have not taken that route, though. That's part of why I love Citizen so much!
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
Hypno, I think that is really the best way to put it.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Jillness I agree that sometimes FOX just like any other network can be irresponsible, driven by ratings and all of the other ills that are the trade mark of a news network. But I just don't believe they're racist.
Mina-Xue Mina-Xue 9 years
I agree with what Vanilla said. However, I don't think FOX is acting unlike other organizations. I think all news programs have their tendencies. I've found CNN to be a little sexist (at least, when it came down to certain issues, not in general). But I do feel that FOX pushes waaay too many negative stereotypes to be comfortable with- from race to religion to sex. Plenty of ideas and stereotyping is derived from the media- all branches. This isn't a problem secular to FOX. But they're damn good at it. And they're continually getting coverage and viewers due to it which they don't mind. Sorry to say it, FOX seems to the be the king of the Gossip Jungle. With gossip comes a lot of nasty things. I agree with Nas to an extent. I think FOX is very good being controversial, which isn't limited to race. Ironic coming from the slogan of being fair and balanced.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I agree Vanilla!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I have to admit that I was pretty shocked that Hannity gave 30 minutes to a preacher who was saying Obama "wasn't pure" because his white "jezzabelle mother" corrupted his "pure" father. It was completely racist hate speech, and he let it go on and on, even through commerical breaks.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Why do you say that? I'm not necessarily disagreeing, just curious.
vanilla19 vanilla19 9 years
I can honestly say that the word racist is used way too loosely.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
and hypno lays the verbal bitch slap!!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
camogurl with all due respect I just watched a dozen of those youtube videos either they're just not racist at all or they show just a snippet of the actual inflammatory language and leave everything around it out. If you want to be fooled by that type of nonsense than knock your self out. I on the other hand prefer intellectual honesty.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Yes because there is no more unbiased and 100% fact based website than YouTube. :rotfl:
camogurl camogurl 9 years
Irregardless of whether or not Nas was intending to use the protest as a publicity tool, FOX News has repeatedly used racial stereotypes within its journalism...if you are unaware of it just type in, FOX news racism...on You Tube. Do some research!
gitsie123 gitsie123 9 years
I used to work in a cafe were the manager referred the cooks (who were hispanic) as less than equal. He would say don't talk to the kitchen staff because they might think they are one of us. What I found interesting is that the manager and immigrated from Yemen only a few years before he started working there. This is also true for many news outlets. They feel hispanics are beneath them and therefore don't deserve the same rights as anyone else.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
PeachyKeen, you just reminded me of something I heard on the radio a few weeks back: the guest was talking about some road rage (I think) incident here, and gave the names of the people ragin'. They were Spanish last names, and the host immediately said something to the effect of "see, here go those illegals making trouble again." That they were illegal was an assumption he made and voiced on the spot, and he had to be told that the offenders were actually here legally, because, of course, all Hispanics must be illegals, right?
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
And I think Obama would also do fine without the Pamela Anderson endorsement. Or that really creepy Scarlett Johannsen thing that was going on. Lol, just one more thing I agree with you about. So true :).
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
Very true, torg. One disturbing example is the way that some commentators use the debate over illegal immigration to express obviously racist and xenophobic views against Hispanics, and act as if the hateful things they spout are okay because they're talking about illegals. Exactly, Jude C! It's so obvious but some people don't want to see it.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
I have my issues with Fox news WITHOUT A DOUBT...but having Nas make a speech and take part in their protest and so on does NOT do anything to help. He TAKES any credibility away. I hated what he was doing with his album, he pretends to be smart (repeating the same facts in his music over and over again), dissed the elders in his community, and not activist, just people who objected to the title in his albums. He is another phony rapper trying to associate himself with Barack Obama really grates on my nerves. There are people that jump onto perfectly good causes but they would just as easily turn their backs and join some other cause. He doesn't know his own mind. Can you tell I don't like him? He is soo stupid.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
That's what I keep telling myself...
em1282 em1282 9 years
Awww, don't be embarassed! :) That just makes you smarter than him. :)
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
FreshPEOPLE--I love it! My fiance's six years younger than I am, and I get so embarrassed when he asks me about some world event from, say, the 80s or early 90s, and I hear myself saying, "Yeah, I guess you're too young to remember that..." I would be down with Sir Ian McKellen, but I'm a girl, so I guess he wouldn't be down with me :(
em1282 em1282 9 years
Oops, freshMEN, not freshMAN. Or, really, freshPEOPLE, right? ;)
em1282 em1282 9 years
Jude, I'm with you on the feeling old bit, because seriously...I don't get it. Wait, I do kinda get the Gossip Girl thing, but yeah, the guys don't do that much for me. I'd take the OC boys (especially Ryan...hee!) over the GG boys, personally. (Wanna know what else made me feel super old? The fact that the college freshman starting in the fall were born in 1990. HELLO?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?) My favorite sexy old man is, uh, Michael Caine, but since he's a Brit I guess that's a bit different, eh? ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
You guys get all the sexy old men... :cry:
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