Posted on August 8, 2011

Fox News Website Calls Obama’s Birthday Party a ‘Hip-Hop BBQ’

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News, August 5, 2011


The rapper Common, you may recall, drew heated commentary from the cable network [Fox News] for his invitation to take part in a White House poetry night. {snip}

On Thursday, a Fox News opinion website called Fox Nation aggregated a “Playbook” column by Politico’s Mike Allen about President Barack Obama’s 50th birthday bash, changing Allen’s typically long headline with this:

‘Obama’s Hip-Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs’

The private party included dinner (“BBQ chicken, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta, salad”) in the Rose Garden was attended by Obama’s staff and celebrities including Al Sharpton, Jay-Z, Chris Rock, Charles Barkley, Steve Harvey, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. There were performances by Stevie Wonder, R&B singer Ledisi, jazz legend Herbie Hancock. A DJ “played Motown, hip-hop, and ’70s and ’80s R&B.”


The headline, not surprisingly, immediately sparked renewed charges of racism against the network. But Fox is standing by it.