Daily Show host Jon Stewart rebuked the crew of MSNBC‘s Morning Joe on Wednesday for trying to say they weren’t trying to blame rap music for the racist University of Oklahoma fraternity song caught on video.
“Two things: first of all, the kids on that bus weren’t repeating a rap song that they had heard,” Stewart said. “They were gleefully performing one of their fraternity’s old, let’s call them anti-Negro spirituals, featuring a word that pre-dates rap. And probably folk. And thought. Black rappers did not introduce that word into the vernacular. And second of all, how come when conservatives talk about African-Americans, they say ‘These people need to take responsibility for themselves, pull up those pants, get a job.’ But when white people do something racist, they’re all, ‘You can’t blame them. How can those poor children know wrong from right, after being driven to madness by the irresistible power of the hippity-hoppity?'”
While co-host Mika Brzezinski tried to argue otherwise following public criticism, Stewart showed footage of host Joe Scarborough and guest William Kristol complaining about rap music being sold to a “white audience” that, they argued, would invariably repeat what they heard.
Stewart also slammed Fox News and other conservatives for treating Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s open use of anti-black slurs as just one an “unending series of isolated events,” instead of part of the country’s systemic problems regarding race.
“Rather than face the lingering reality of prejudice in this country, each incident — even the Department of Justice’s Ferguson report, as comprehensive a catalog of race-based predation as anyone’s gonna find — is an invitation to bend over backwards to negate the role of race,” he said, showing footage of Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens frame Ferguson police’s targeting of black residents as an issue with government overreach, rather than race-based harassment.
Conversely, he argued, Fox will take any opportunity to depict one individual person cheating on food benefits or one parade renaming itself as part of a national assault on Christianity and the country.
“I guess in Fox world, poverty is a choice, but being racist is a product of your environment,” he said.
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Wednesday, below.
Elijah Cummings shames Republicans for shrugging off Trump’s lawlessness: ‘We don’t teach our children to lie!’
House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Wednesday delivered a scathing rebuke to Republican lawmakers who are shrugging off the lawlessness of President Donald Trump and his administration.
During a hearing in which United States Special Counsel Henry Kerner reiterated his finding that Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway repeatedly broke the law by violating the Hatch Act, Cummings shamed GOP lawmakers who defended Conway's actions and suggested that breaking the law isn't a big deal.
"It concerns me that we've gotten so far from the basic principles of obedience to the law," he said.
Trump issues veiled threat to Jerry Falwell Jr: ‘I could tell you stories’
President Donald Trump issued what sounded like a veiled threat to Jerry Falwell Jr. during a speech to an evangelical audience.
The president spoke Wednesday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition 2019 Road to Majority Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., where he thanked Falwell -- who has been implicated a racy photo scandal involving his wife, a pool boy and Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen.
"Jerry Falwell is a friend of mine, and he was with me right from the beginning, and he's so happy about it," Trump said, smiling and pausing a bit. "I could tell you stories. He said that he was so honored to be there. He understood from the beginning what was going on."
AOC burns down Kellyanne Conway at House hearing: ‘Even Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledges the Hatch Act’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Wednesday blasted the Trump administration for allowing White House staffer Kellyanne Conway to violate the Hatch Act.
At a House hearing on Conway, Ocasio-Cortez presented a video detailing the ways in which the White House aide violated the Hatch Act by attacking Democratic candidates from her official government position.
"Even Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledges the bars in the Hatch Act," the congresswoman explained. "I think this right here gets at the core of what we’re talking about today, is that this is not even partisan because members of Trump’s own administration do not violate the law, this law to the extent that she does."