Rapper Nas joined with the Color of Change and MoveOn to deliver a petition to the offices of Fox News yesterday. Just after his controversial album hit number one, Nas took the podium protesting the racist attacks he sees coming from Fox against Black Americans and Barack Obama.
Delivering over 600,000 signatures to the network, Nas delivered a prepared speech saying, "We already knew that Fox is not a news network; they are a propaganda machine . . . Fox poisons this country every time they air racist propaganda and try to call it news. This should outrage every American that Fox uses hateful language to talk about the person that may be the first black president."
Fox declined receipt of the signatures, but issued a statement: "Fox News believes in all protesters exercising their right to free speech, including Nas, who has an album to promote."
To see clips of the Fox language Nas finds offensive — served up on last night's Colbert Report (where the petition was delivered after Fox refused to accept it) — plus Nas's interview with Stephen, read more.
Nas was in studio with Stephen too — see the episode with his interview including talk of his feud with Bill O'Reilly.
Does Nas and the Color of Change/MoveOn petition have a point? Is Fox racist?