By comparing Common to Bono, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, he gains a huge upperhand. As far as this debate goes so far, It doesn’t have the zany back-and-forth energy of their prior meetings, but the debate is still pretty rad. That said, they’re not getting to the point where they’re at one another’s throats.
You know I got mad love for you … that’s a rap phrase.Jon Stewart • Dropping a joke about Bill O’Reilly while arguing that Common shouldn’t be defined by his support of Assata Shakur, and that’s a footnote in his career.
It’s not a bigoted statement. I said what I meant to say, that it’s an honest experience. … I have a moment of anxiety, of fear, given what happened on 9/11.NPR news analyst Juan Williams • Defending his comments on Muslims that got him fired from NPR. He made this comment on Fox News today – and he made his earlier comment (that “people who are in Muslim garb” at the airport make him “nervous”) on “The O’Reilly Factor.” NPR has been getting some harsh rebukes from the right about all this, and we’re going to say, they’re deserved to some degree. It’s obvious what he meant – he still has some lingering post-9/11 fears, even if they’re a bit misguided – and we don’t think they were anywhere near as bad as the comments Rick Sanchez made that got him fired. Sure, they were questionable, but how many people share Williams’ opinion on this? If anything, he’s reflecting a view that isn’t uncommon (as proven by the whole “Ground Zero Mosque” drama), even if it is straight-up racial profiling. source (via)