Last night, Jon Stewart took on Bill O’Reilly in what is hopefully the final chapter of this ongoing Common at the White House “controversy.” To sum up O’Reilly’s argument: the President welcomed someone who wrote about a convicted murderer in an 11-year-old track and that just doesn’t fly. To sum up Jon Stewart’s argument: The White House has hosted many musicians who have written tracks about convicted murderers, including Bono, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan—and that was totally cool.
O’Reilly harped on the fact that the rapper once visited a “cop killer”—Assata Shakur— in Cuba, while The Daily Show host explained that Common’s interest in Shakur’s case stemmed from his belief that she was unjustly accused. He also listed the aforementioned musicians, such as Bono, who have penned tracks about convicted murderers, and have retained visiting rights to the White House.
Still, O’Reilly was not appeased, which lead Stewart to make two indisputable points:
“There is a selective outrage machine here at Fox, that pettifogs only when it suits the narrative that suits them,” and also, “You know songs are not all literal, right? When The Weather Girls sing, “It’s Raining Men” it’s not really precipitation of males. It’s a metaphor.”