Noted Hip-Hop Artist Charles Barkley Featured In Article Teaser That’s Clearly Trying To Scare White People
Fox Nation caused a bit of a stir today, thanks to the headline and photo combination they used to tease a repurposed Politico story on President Barack Obama's 50th birthday party. Charles Barkley was involved, which is our excuse to post it here. Here is that headline/photo combination:
OK, as for why the above says what it does: the "didn't create jobs" line is thanks to White House press secretary Jay Carney, who recently issued the direct quote, "The White House doesn't create jobs." The "hip-hop" part is because of this line from Politico's piece:
DJ Cassidy played Motown, hip hop, and ’70s and ’80s R&B.
So while a DJ did play some hip-hop, you can see why referring to the event as a "hip-hop BBQ," and posting pictures of a few black guests below it, only one of whom is actually a hip-hop artist, and one of whom is an effing basketball player/analyst - may be construed as a tad misleading. Other noted hip-hop personalities in attendance: Stevie Wonder, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Tom Hanks, Grant Hill, Hillary Clinton, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, among others.
[UPDATE: Fox executive Bill Shine told Yahoo!'s The Cutline, "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.'" So, basically the thought process we figured they'd used. Additionally, Shine said Fox shut off the comments section on the story, which we're thinking was the right move.]
Yes, Politico also posted pictures of Chris Rock and Jay-Z above their story, the key difference being that they didn't sneeringly refer to the party as a "hip-hop BBQ." The racial coding in the title alone couldn't be more comically obvious, and adding the picture of black guys - especially one best known these days for goofing around and talking about basketball in a studio - makes it all the more laughable. Or sad. Or something. Seriously: hip-hop BBQ. Colin Cowherd must be wondering why John Wall wasn't there.
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