This Is Not an Onion Parody of How Fox News Would Cover Obama’s Birthday


It is, in fact, how Fox News covered Obama's birthday. The subtle racial coding of this presentation might lead you to believe that this was an all-black gathering, but in fact, there are a few other people Fox could have highlighted. From Fox's own rundown of attendants:

Patrick Gaspard, UBS Investment Bank President Robert Wolf, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski, Leader Nancy and Paul Pelosi, Secretary Tim Geithner, Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep./DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Virginia Gov. and DNC Chair Tim Kaine, Anita Dunn and Bob Bauer, Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Valerie Jarrett, Michael Strautmanis, Pete Rouse, Bill Daley, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Denis McDonough, John Brennan, Rahm Emanuel, Tina Tchen, White House chef Sam Kass, Julianna Smoot, Marty Nesbitt, Eric Whitaker, Linda Douglass, and many more.

Now, again, you might not realize it from the headline, but none of the live performers were actually hip-hop artists. Jay-Z came strictly as a guest. According to Fox's own story, there were performances by "R&B singer Ledisi, and Herbie Hancock. Stevie Wonder came up at the end and sang a medley ending in 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.'" So where does the hip-hop part come in? Well, "DJ Cassidy played Motown, hip hop, and ’70s and ’80s R&B." Which is basically like every white person's wedding ever, by the way.

Update: Bill Shine, Fox executive vice president of programming in charge of the Fox Nation site, offered this statement to Yahoo's Cutline blog:

"We used the hip-hop reference per Politico's Playbook story this morning which stated 'Also present: Chicago pals, law-school friends, donors--and lots of kids of friends, who stole the show by doing dance routines to the hip-hop songs, in the center of the East Room.'"
The network has shut off further comments on the article, which were becoming incendiary.
"We found many of the comments to be offensive and inappropriate and they have been removed," Shine said.

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