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How Fox News Uses Hip-Hop to Create Race Panics

Nov. 12, 2003, was a momentous day for hip-hop. For the first time ever, a rapper sat down with Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly for what the host snidely introduced as an “intelligent conversation.”

The rapper: Cam’ron, the same guy who made purple mink coats and “no homo” fashionable.

The topic: Is gangsta rap hurting America’s children?

Cam’ron’s first words: “Pimpin’ and bitches.”

To be fair, Cam’ron was merely quoting O’Reilly, who was paraphrasing Cam’ron. The entire interview lasted all of 12 minutes, without a single conclusion drawn about whether gangsta rap had in fact hurt any of America’s children. Instead, the lasting element from the conversation was a soundbite that can still be heard in high school hallways across the nation. “You maaad!” the rapper teased O’Reilly.

With Fox News’ parent company News Corp now facing conspiracy and bribery charges in the UK, and broader race-baiting accusations at home, O’Reilly’s questions about media and ………. FULL ARTICLE HERE


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