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.
CNN’s Jim Acosta walks through all the times Trump has ‘thrown gasoline’ on racial tension
On CNN Friday, following President Donald Trump's abrupt exit from a press conference following a racially charged tweet, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down President Donald Trump's history of stoking racial tensions during moments of crisis.
"He is trying to clean up this tweet that he posted last night," said Acosta. "First, just what the president said a few moments ago. He said the looters in Minneapolis should not be able to drown out the voice of so many peaceful protesters. That, obviously, is a very mild version of what he was trying to say or he claims he was trying to say last night when he tweeted, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." That obviously is an expression steeped in all kinds of ugliness. The Miami Police chief back in 1967, when there was unrest in that city, used that expression. George Wallace, the segregationist, used words like that in 1968."
Joe Biden takes on Trump’s rhetoric during racial justice crises: ‘The words of a president matter’
Former Vice President Joe Biden talked about the importance of a president's words and accountability during times of crisis during a Friday appearance on MSNBC.
Biden was interviewed by Craig Melvin, who noted the protests tearing apart cities and asked where he would start if elected president.
"I start by talking about what we must be, making no excuses, talking about our obligation to be decent," Biden answered. "Our obligation to take responsibility, our obligation to stand up when we see injustice."
"Look, the words of a president matter -- no matter how good or bad that president is," he explained. "A president can, by their words alone no matter who they are, make it rise or fall, take us to war, bring us to peace. The words of a president matter."
Elon Musk mocked after Starship explosion: ‘Maybe have NASA handle rockets’
Billionaire Elon Musk was the target of jokes on Twitter after his company SpaceX suffered a rocket explosion.
"SpaceX just experienced the biggest explosion yet at its Texas site, where it's testing prototypes for a Mars rocket," Marina Koren of The Atlantic reported.
"A resident who lives nearby—just 2 miles away—said it felt like an earthquake," she added.
Musk was ridiculed following the blast. Here's some of what people were saying: