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Common Hypocrisy
A Hollywood Republican ^ | 05/16/11 | Tim Ross

Posted on 05/16/2011 1:47:14 PM PDT by MrTim29

I recently received a barrage of Facebook posts from my Leftist friends regarding Jon Stewart of the “The Daily Show” and his rant on the so-called hypocrisy of Sean Hannity and Fox News over the rapper Common’s invitation to the White House. Democrats accusing Republicans of hypocrisy… how ironic.

My first reaction to the story was that my friends don’t understand the definition of hypocrisy. Quite simply, hypocrisy is the act of stating beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not actually personally hold or possess. In other words, it is saying one thing and doing the opposite.

So, when Hannity and Fox News was critical of the White House for inviting a rapper whose contribution to American culture include rap lyrics that support cop killers, call for the killing of cops, call for the killing of a U.S. President, and are otherwise racist and sexist, what did Hannity and Fox News do in contradiction to make themselves hypocrites? Nada. Nothing. Zilch. Zip.

Jon Stewart mentioned many things he felt were hypocritical, but they weren’t…. they were more ironic. For example, Fox News ran a series of interviews with its pundits highlighting Common’s cop killer lyrics in his music, followed by a happy birthday message to Ice-T, who also had cop killer lyrics in his music. That is not saying one thing and doing the other… that’s just ironic.

Stewart’s closest and best example is some footage he shows of President George W. Bush honoring Johnny Cash at the National Arts & Humanities Awards in 2002. But this missed rising to the level of hypocrisy as well because it wasn’t comparable. First, the footage Stewart showed was from CSPAN and not Fox News. Second, the event took place at the Constitution Hall, not the White House. Third, Common’s controversial lyrics are a call to action (I got the black strap to make the cops run, when we roll together with a strapped gun, we're going to be rocking them to sleep”), whereas Johnny Cash’s controversial lyrics were of a fictional story (I shot a man in Reno, just to see him die). And lastly, there was no commentary from Fox News or Sean Hannity regarding the 2002 event to use as a comparison. File this one in the false analogy section.

To borrow from George Orwell, “It needed also a sort of athleticism of mind, an ability at one moment to make the most delicate use of logic and at the next to be unconscious of the crudest logical errors.”

Hypocrisy is not irony. Hypocrisy is not a false analogy. People are free to espouse their opinions. It’s when their opinions are contradictory to their actions that hypocrisy is born. Here are some real life examples:

One last bit about the real hypocrisy surrounding the White House poet slam.

Obama, in the past, has lamented those U.S. states that banned interracial marriage at the time of his birth. Also, when he was asked in 2007 about the difference between interracial marriage and gay marriage, he said, “…we've got to make sure that everybody is equal under the law.” Clearly, he is an advocate of interracial marriage.

And not to be left out of the conversation, Jon Stewart was critical of Bob Jones University on his show in 2000 because it banned interracial dating and he recently aired a skit in which an interracial couple began to “make a baby” on his desk as the segment ended and they went to commercial. Seemingly, he approves of interracial relationships.

However, absent from Stewart’s hypocritical piece was the fact that Common and Jill Scott, another poet invited to the same White House event, are both openly against interracial relationships. Jill Scott has said, “These harsh truths lead to what we really feel when we see a seemingly together brother with a Caucasian woman and their children. That feeling is betrayed.” And Common has said, “I disagree with [mixed race relationships]. It’s a lack of self-love. It’s a problem.” Yet, all this is overlooked. Talk about hypocrisy.

So where’s their outrage? Why is Stewart feigning outrage at his notion that Hannity and Fox News are hypocritical when he clearly – and hypocritically – omits the elephant in the room… the blatant hypocrisy of Barack Obama, the product of an interracial relationship, inviting those opposed to interracial relationships to the White House?

I don’t know either. I just know it’s ironic.

TOPICS: Government; Music/Entertainment; Politics; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: hypocrisy; hypocrite; jonstewart; obama

1 posted on 05/16/2011 1:47:21 PM PDT by MrTim29
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2 posted on 05/16/2011 1:52:04 PM PDT by Maverick68
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To: MrTim29
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue. -- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
3 posted on 05/16/2011 1:52:43 PM PDT by La Lydia ("California: When the parasites outnumber the hosts, it's all over.")
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To: MrTim29

All of these are good points.

But, since the liberals in the MSM control the message, what is broadcast, and how things are presented, the good points here will never see the light of day.

Where is the conservative Jon Stewart? Such a person, if he existed, would lampoon the Obama administration in the manner in which Stewart and other lampooned Bush. But since there is no conservative Jon Stewart, such satire/lampooning will never see the light of day on broadcast TV.

I think one big irony is that Jon Stewart showcases alleged hypocrisy by Republicans and Fox News. But, they don’t talk about the acceptability of a president hosting rap “musicians”. They don’t talk about the violent and obscene lyrics of rap. Instead, they just criticize anyone who dares say anything about inviting rappers to the White House.

I guess the implication is that to be a good liberal, you have to accept that rap is mainstream now. We have to be “tolerant”.

4 posted on 05/16/2011 1:59:18 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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The author missed a big one. Aside from the fact that the Confederacy and the KKK were both Democrat organizations and Lincoln was a Republican. And it was the Democrats that opposed civil rights in the 60s and it was Republicans who pushed it through. Putting that aside for now.

The Left/Democrats proudly and openly call themselves ‘National Socialists’ and yet constantly refer to Republicans, who oppose Socialism as Nazis.

Nazi is an acronym which means exactly ‘National Socialist’.

The Dems are actually counting on the ignorance of Liberals. Liberals don’t seem to realize that Nazi is, in fact, them. They just think stupidly that it is something bad, therefore, it must be right-wing.

Nazis were as Left-wing socialist as you can get. They were the Democrat Party of Germany in the 30s. In fact, many of Obama’s economic/corporate actions since taking power mirror those of Hitler. That is not an accusation, it is simply a fact.

And yet still, ask any ignorant Leftist and they will swear on their mother’s eyes that Nazis, Confederates, and the KKK were all Republicans. And no amount of facts or reality will ever change their minds.

5 posted on 05/16/2011 2:37:53 PM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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Nicely done!

6 posted on 05/16/2011 3:58:23 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." -- Kool-aid)
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