U.S. job growth accelerated more than expected in July, but the top story at Fox News’ Fox Nation blog Friday seemed to imply that the economy would have created even more jobs if President Barack Obama didn’t have so many black friends.
“Obama’s Hip-Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs” was the screaming headline on a post about Obama’s 50th birthday party.
Along with the story was photo montage of Obama, Charles Barkley, Chris Rock and Jay-Z, all of whom are African-American men. Other celebrities attending the event included Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, but Fox Nation did not include them in the photo.
On Twitter, many were using the hashtag #HipHopBBQacts to mock Fox Nation’s framing of the event, with names like The Notorious P.I.G., House of Propane, Wyclef Dijon, Sheila E coli, Coolio Whip and Limp Brisket.
“The economy added some jobs last month and the unemployment rate is down,” Crooks and Liar’s Tina Dupuy noted. “But not the stock market. So therefore on Fox Nation – LOOK OVER HERE POTUS IS BLACK WITH BLACK FRIENDS!”
UPDATE: Fox executive vice president Bill Shine, told the Yahoo! media blog The Cutline on Friday that the headline was actually inspired by Politico: “We used the hip-hop reference per Politico’s Playbook story this morning which stated ‘Also present: Chicago pals, law-school friends, donors — and lots of kids of friends, who stole the show by doing dance routines to the hip-hop songs, in the center of the East Room.'”