You don’t have to be invited onto Nas’ tour bus to know that the big screen in the back lounge isn’t tuned to Fox News. Ever.
If the track “Sly Fox” (“Watch what you watchin’, Fox keeps feeding us toxins/ Stop sleeping, start thinking”) on Untitled didn’t already tip you off that the MC isn’t a fan, then his position at the front of the pack at a press conference held outside the “fair and balanced” news network’s Manhattan headquarters should seal the deal.
At 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, Nas is joining the Web sites ColorOfChange.org and MoveOn.org to deliver a petition with more than 620,000 signatures demanding that the network end what the organizations call a “pattern of racist attacks against black Americans including presidential candidate Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.”
“Fox poisons the country with racist propaganda and tries to call it news,” Nas said in a statement. A spokesperson for Fox News could not be reached for comment at press time.
A press release announcing the event accuses the network of an alleged pattern of incidents, which “many believe are a veiled attempt to prey on racism and intolerance and cast the Obamas as ‘outsiders,’ ” citing as evidence an onscreen graphic that referred to the candidate’s wife as “Obama’s baby mama,” a pundit who “confused” Obama with terrorist al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and then joked that both should be “assassinated,” and the now-infamous comment by a Fox anchor who described the Obamas’ fist bump as a “terrorist fist jab.” It also cites an incident in February, when Nas nemesis Bill O’Reilly talked about calling a “lynching party” to deal with Michelle Obama.
“When Fox talks about lynching the woman who may soon be our first lady and then refers to this wife and mother as a ‘baby mama,’ they are maligning not only the Obamas, but black women and black people across this country,” said James Rucker, executive director of ColorOfChange.org in a statement.