Jon Stewart and his Daily Show colleague Jessica Williams ripped Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday by harping on rapper and entrepreneur Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s past as a drug dealer.
“Jay-Z is the guy they keep saying they want other Black guys to be,” Williams argued. “But to them, he’s still just a crack dealer.”
Stewart explained that Hannity criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for meeting with Carter last week amid widespread demonstrations in New York City over the Eric Garner grand jury decision.
Not only did Hannity promote a segment regarding the meeting by saying Cuomo met with an unnamed “former crack dealer,” Stewart said, but he focused on one sentence in Carter’s autobiography, Decoded.
“I sold crack to addicts who were killing themselves, collecting the wrinkled bills they got from God knows where, and making sure they got their rocks to smoke,” Hannity said, reciting the passage. However, he did not mention that Carter, who was never convicted, also wrote that he “stood there thinking, ‘What the f*ck am I doing?'” regarding his life as a dealer.
“F*ck man,” Stewart said after watching the footage of Hannity’s selective reading. “I don’t even know what to do here.”
Williams said that Hannity’s remarks were in line with Fox’s history of scolding the Black community, but that Carter — who went on to leave the drug trade and become a successful rapper and a former part-owner of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets — actually fulfills the items on the network’s “Black male to-do list.”
“Good job, check. Stable marriage, check,” she said. “I mean, sure, it’s got its ups and downs — you know, kind of like an elevator. Is he a good father? Check. And he’s not just pulling his pants up; the guy actuallly sells belts. That’s how devoted he is to the cause of raised pants.”
If Fox insists on referring people by the worst thing they’ve ever done, Williams said, contributor Mark Fuhrman needs “Pled no contest to purjury” under his listing, while Ted Nugent, a regular guest on Hannity’s show, should be referred to as a “pants-sh*tting draft dodgy public official threatening statutory rape advocate.”
“Fox News has 99 problems, but Jay-Z ain’t one,” Williams said.
Watch Stewart and Williams dissect Hannity’s argument, as posted online on Wednesday, below.
NYT columnist says one of Trump’s friends begged him to talk him out of launching war with Iran
On Monday, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper, following President Donald Trump's attacks on him for calling his behavior racist in a recent article. The president accused him of "kissing [his] a**" in an Oval Office phone call.
Speaking to Cooper, Friedman denied Trump's characterization of their discussion.
"The president tweeted about a private conversation we had and lobbed in a few insults," said Friedman. "Basically, my response, which I put out on Twitter is that I was encouraged by a friend of his to speak to him after the downing of the American drone, because I thought it was wise that we not retaliate, and I thought he was wise not to retaliate, and this friend of his wanted me to encourage him in that, because he was evidently agonizing a little over that not retaliating. And I did that. I began the conversation by saying that 'I disagree with you, Mr. President on many things, but I think you did the right thing on this.' We talked for about four minutes. We also talked about China and we left it at that."
Trump is a ‘human opioid’ who feeds racism to his ‘white identity cult’: author
Democrats will lose the 2020 campaign if they treat it like a typical election and instead need to make a moral issue against President Donald Trump, author Tim Wise explained on MSNBC on Monday.
Wise is the author of the 2004 book White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.
"As Democrats work on their strategy to counter President Trump ahead of the 2020 election. Anti-racism activist Tim Wise -- who helped to defeat David Duke in two campaigns in the 1990s -- provided this advice for Democrats," anchor Chris Matthews said.
He read excerpts of tweets from Wise.
‘They’re trying to gag Mueller’: Ex-White House attorney worries Bill Barr’s scheme will work
Attorney General Bill Barr is trying to "gag" special counsel Robert Mueller before his public testimony before Congress on Wednesday, former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal worried on MSNBC on Monday.
"When you see these new reports that the Barr Justice Department continues to try to narrow what will come out of this hearing, what does that say to you?" MSNBC anchor Ari Melber asked.
"I’m extremely concerned. I don’t think it’s narrow. I think it looks like they’re trying to gag Mueller and trying to say anything not in the report is presumptively privileged," Katyal explained.