Look out, Sasha Frere-Jones and Simon Reynolds…here comes Victoria Murphy of Forbes Magazine

Following in the wake of the “controversy” surrounding Jadakiss’ provocative lyrics (“Why did Bush knock down the towers?”) in his hit single, “Why?”, Fox News’ irascible hip-hop maestro Bill O’Reilly invited Forbes Magazine‘s senior reporter Victoria Murphy on to his Monday, July 19, 2004 edition of the O’Reilly Factor to discuss a tangentially-related matter, Microsoft’s usage of the rapper in an X-Box promotion.
But when you’re a 23-year-old reporter, why confine yourself to talking about boring, adult-oriented things like “marketing initiatives” and “public relations controversies” when you can wax rhapsodic on pop music and its performers?

MURPHY: This rapper’s probably a one-hit wonder anyway, and it turns out it probably wasn’t such a smart decision, but Microsoft is a smart company and what they want to do is sell more software, not promote some rapper’s political ideas…
O’REILLY: Yeah, I mean we understand what their marketing is, to get kids to play this X-Box with Jadakiss, but you know, July 5th, Jadakiss is arrested in Fayetteville, North Carolina, for, uh…
MURPHY: Right, but that’s what rappers do right, they get arrested?
O’REILLY: Yeah, I guess that’s what they do…

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11 replies on “Look out, Sasha Frere-Jones and Simon Reynolds…here comes Victoria Murphy of Forbes Magazine

that “Right, but that’s what rappers do right, they get arrested” and “Yeah, I guess that’s what they do…” wasn’t needed thats wrong

Wouldn’t you expect that sort of dialog to spew forth from the thin vampiric lips of a Forbes reporter and a Fox News anchor? I’m sure they were on their best behavior. That Bill O’Rielly, what a mug: A Harvard Master’s Degree in Public Administration at work on the airwaves, weeknights.

There’s your ‘fair and balanced’ right there folks…’Fair and balanced’ that’s what they do, right?

Now now – Fair and balanced is supposed to refer to news coverage, not opinion shows. O’Reilly is allowed to be as conservative as he wants, just like any CNN political commentator is allowed to be just as liberal.
Although that whole conversation was just a little weird to me too…

So first the No Spin Zone gets all over Pepsi for using Ja Rule in a commercial, now this flap over Jadakiss and X-Box. But for some reason O’Reilly doesn’t seem to have a problem with ultra-conservative Coors using Dr. Dre and Kid Rock in their beer commercials. No spin indeed.

i didnt know that eminem was a negro. he’s a dink like most rappers. will smith doesnt get arresed……then again, he’s an actual good guy and doesnt need to be a prick to tell you he has talent.

Who cares if this discussion was the equivalent of say Ice Cube & Snoop Dogg on television debating over what they feel Kerry’s opinions on the realism of Vietnam-based games for the fore-mentioned system might be(?), that Victoria Murphy was probably the cutest thing I’ve seen “Da Factor” in a hip-hoppin’ long time!

Well you have to agree that the “rap community” does promote a glorification of violence, not to say all rappers do this but the bad seeds in a group stick out and seem to define that group is the most truthful rule here, jadakiss is probably the last person i would turn to when looking for political insight and I think what the two people in the story above were trying to point out is that he shouldnt be making outrageous caims because americas youth is just stupid enough to listen to him, and trust me I know how stupid americas youth can be, i am still part of it

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