And guest Bill Kristol ripped away, too: “Popular culture becomes a cesspool, a lot of corporations profit off it and then people are surprised that some drunk 19-year-old kids repeat what they were hearing.” The back-and-forth mentioned the lyrics of rapper Waka Flocka Flame, who had performed for SAE before. “It’s full of ‘N’ words,” said co-host Mika Brzezinski.
“The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart was having none of that. “Two things: First of all, the kids on that bus weren’t repeating a rap song that they had heard. They were gleefully performing one of their fraternity’s old, let’s call them ‘anti-negro spirituals,’ featuring a word that predates rap. … Second of all, how come when conservatives talk about African-Americans, they say, ‘These people need to take responsibility for themselves, pull up those pants, get a job,’ but when white people do something racist, they’re all, ‘Well, you can’t blame them — how can those poor children know wrong from right after being driven to madness by the irresistible power of the hippity hoppity.’ ”
The host then riffed through a series of recent incidents — Donald Sterling, Cliven Bundy, Ferguson — setting up this commentary: “And each time one of these comes to light, certain people in the media present it not as being indicative of a deep, problematic racial divide in our nation that exists till today, but as an unending series of isolated events.” And guess who Stewart then cut to? Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, saying, “It’s Sterling’s problem, it’s Bundy’s problem, it’s not the country’s problem.”
The Fox News host should be pleased that the mound of evidence showing that he spread serial falsehoods doesn’t disqualify him from starring in a “Daily Show” segment.