*Fox News devoted most of its Wednesday airtime discussing Common’s invitation to the Evening of Poetry event at the White House, which offered a ton of material for the folks at Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”
During a visit to “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” Wednesday night, Sarah Palin said: “The judgment is just so lacking of class and decency and all that’s good about America with an invite like this,” Palin said. “They’re just inviting someone like me or someone else to ask, ‘C’mon Barack Obama who are you palling around with now?'”
Karl Rove, the former deputy chief of staff to George W. Bush also responded to the controversy on the radio program “The Sean Hannity Show” on Tuesday.
“Yes, let’s invite a misogynist to the White House, a guy who’s called … for killing the former president of the United States George W. Bush,” Rove complained. “This guy is a thug. And why they are inviting him to poetry night at the White House speaks volumes about President Obama and this White House staff. Who is asleep at the vetting desk?”
On Wednesday’s episode of “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart pounced.
In a segment titled “Tone Def Poetry Jam,” Stewart pointed out the absurdity and hypocrisy of Fox News in choosing this as an issue. Watch below.
Meanwhile, in response to criticism of his lyrics that deal with violence against and frustration with police officers, Common posted a message on his Facebook page: “Politics is politics and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I respect that. The one thing that shouldn’t be questioned is my support for the police officers and troops that protect us every day. Peace yall!”
Later on Wednesday he added another note to his Facebook page: “I’m super geeked about performing at the white house tonight. I gotta bring it!”