Jon Stewart Rips Fox News’ Sean Hannity for Trying to Demean Black Role Model (Video)

stewart-hannity-jay-zI’ve often said that Fox News needs to change its name to Fox Conservative Entertainment, because that’s what it is. It’s not news, it’s just right-wing entertainment masquerading as news. The entire network is often so comical that it seems more like a parody of a cable news channel instead of an actual news network.


Though I will give Fox News some credit – they’ve made my job a whole lot easier. Condensing so much stupidity onto one network makes it easier to write about the absurdities going on with conservatives. Though even if Fox News didn’t exist, I’m sure there would be something else in its place. There’s obviously a fairly large contingent of sheep-ish conservatives in this country who are desperately craving being told what to think and feel.

But when it comes to Fox News, I’m not sure if anyone on the network personifies pure right-wing garbage as well as Sean Hannity. He’s one of the most blatantly partisan hacks on cable news. He’s so partisan that it almost has to be an act.

Well, as Jon Stewart often does, he ripped into Hannity’s nonsense. This time it was concerning a segment the Fox News host conducted where he did nothing but try to degrade Jay-Z, a huge influence on the African-American community, for his admissions that in the past he sold crack and actually shot someone.

And instead of focusing on how Jay-Z managed to overcome a bad start in life to become one of the most successful individuals in this country, along with a husband and a good father – Hannity only wanted to focus on the crack selling. Because, you know, we should all be held up to our past instead of our present, right?

You know, like Hannity… the college dropout.

Well, after playing several clips where Hannity did nothing but try to degrade Jay-Z for his past, while ignoring the fact that he completely turned his life around and has become a role model for African-American males, Stewart was left practically speechless.

“F*ck man,” he said. “I don’t even know what to do here.”

But is he really surprised by this? I know I’m not. This is what Fox News does. They claim to be “fair and balanced” while clearly picking a side on an issue, then proceeding to push that side’s point of view regardless of what the facts say. And when it comes to Fox News and African-American males, the “side” they’re on involves doing anything they can to slander them if at all possible.


That’s essentially what Hannity did. He knew about Jay-Z’s past (because it’s written in his book and he’s openly talked about it), and focused on nothing but that because his overwhelming success wouldn’t fit the narrative Hannity was trying to push.

Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • CE Lee

    Typical.

  • Jim Bean

    “Because, you know, we should all be held up to our past instead of our present, right?”

    Interesting statement coming from the camp that claims all present dysfunction is the black community should be attributed to PTSD from their experiences with slavery.

    • Team America

      Because intentionally missing the point is unacceptable. For your review, I’ll post the part of the paragraph that you ignored. Enjoy ….

      “And instead of focusing on how Jay-Z managed to overcome a bad start in life to become one of the most successful individuals in this country, along with a husband and a good father – Hannity only wanted to focus on the crack selling.”

      • Jim Bean

        I dislike Hannity and didn’t see it. My comment is not a defense of Hannity. It addresses the shameless and endless hypocrisy of the Left.

      • Team America

        I completely got your point when I initially read your post. I dismissed it immediately because of it’s laser focus on slinging mud toward the left. As a result, I felt the need to point out your stringent right wing myopic view and how it missed the point entirely. Where I went wrong was assuming it was a conscience decision on your part. Given your reply, I suspect you have no idea what you are doing …..

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    • Cemetery Girl

      What in the world???

    • BB-Mystic

      Jim, come on. That’s silly and you know it. There are countless people around today who lived under Jim Crow. Lynchings of black people occurred throughout this century, even right up to the present day if you include the 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr. in Texas.

      en DOT wikipedia DOT org/wiki/Lynching_in_the_United_States

      Also, you might try reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ marvelous article about how black people were (and still are) being systemically discriminated against in housing policy.

      www DOT theatlantic DOT com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

    • Ryan

      This statement is so deliciously filled with false equivalencies.

      1. equating the actions of an individual to those of a community
      2. equating selling crack to being in slavery
      3. believing the left equates “dysfunction” to PTSD
      4. tacitly assuming that the black community is dysfunctional by the color of their skin
      5.

    • mkyd1963

      You are free to name one member of the black community alive today that has had any experience with slavery as it existed prior to the Emancipation Proclamation.

      I’ll wait.

      • Jim Bean

        There are none which is precisely what I’ve been saying to those who claim Jamal dropped out of high school because his great, great, great, great, great, great, granddaddy had a bad experience with slavery.

      • mkyd1963

        Jay-Z’s given name is Shawn Casey Carter. Who is this “Jamal” and how is he relevant to the subjects of this thread?

      • BobFromDistrict9

        How about the two women I have known who had grandparents who were born into slavery? Not GGGGG, just grandparent.

      • illyphilly

        U need to shut the fuck up….

  • Cemetery Girl

    Beyoncé envy.

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  • Cuffook Regressed

    A black role model??? Maybe Condy or Colin Powell. Not some thug who attempts to kill cops or unemployed losers who protest that they are black. We know you are. You are a different color. Who gives a shite.

    • Heathen5701

      Role models?!? A couple of war criminals? And just FYI, the majority of cop killers are white. A lot of those protesters have jobs. Employment (or lack of) is no indicator in being aware of the systematic genocide by the various police departments in the US.

      It should not matter what color you are, but it sure does. It matters in employment, housing, as well as incarnations. All you T-Baggers and fox news sheep need to learn to verify what you are told. (Your use of the word ‘thug’ gives you away.

    • Thors Man

      yeah..role models like the drug addled gasbag Rush Limbaugh or guys like Newtie who left his wife on her deathbed to diddle an much younger intern, all while decrying the same act in the President….or convicted felons like G. Gordon Liddy or Ollie North. Yeah..now THOSE are role models, eh? Forget about the guy who pulled himself out of the situation he found himself in and made something of himself. The guy who became a devoted husband, a dedicated father and a wildly successful businessman. Why would we want people following HIS lead. Moron.

    • Kenneth Williams

      Condi Powell?…..The Bush crony who was part of the team that lied to the American people and got us into an un-needed war that resulted in tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis and American soldiers killed?

  • Atheist Loki

    So Jay-Z being assaulted is funny? I guess Ray Rice is a fucking comedian then.

  • Liege Maximo

    So now white people are telling me that JayZ, the thug piece of garbage who promotes the destruction of black people and black communities is a role model? F*ck off John Stewart, you’re just pushing the other side of the agenda.