We should never be surprised at the depths to which Fox News will go to take a race-baiting swipe at Obama, but today’s story takes the proverbial red velvet cake.
So, President Obama hosts his 50th Birthday party on August 4th in Chicago inviting political insiders, celebrities and the usual cast of characters that you would expect — Tom Hanks, Jay-Z, Chris Rock, and more. Fox Nation then goes overboard with a story headlined “Obama’s Hip-Hop BBQ Didn’t Create any Jobs” making sure to show Obama flanked by black supposedly hip hop celebrities — because don’t we all think of hip hop music when we see Charles Barkley and Chris Rock?
This of course spirals out of control into liberal bloggers pointing out Fox’s racism (again), Fox denying they did anything wrong (again), and the entire nation that is not online during the day — working-class, baby boomer voters who actually matter — not hearing any word about this at all.
There were two interesting side notes to this, however. First, the Twitter Hashtag #HipHopBBQActs was created to mock Fox’s lead story, which resulted in hundreds of hilarious barbeque versions of rap stars. My personal favorites were “A Tribe Called Quesadilla,” “Ghostface Grillah,” “Two Short Ribs” and “House of Propane.”
Also, what makes the Fox story all the more silly was the new job numbers that came out today saying African-American unemployment and overall employment went down. So in the end, maybe Obama’s hip hop barbeque did create jobs. Fox was just mad because they weren’t invited.