The worlds of American liberal politics and the celebrity class have long been colliding in our great nation, thanks in no small part to the overly entertaining version of “the news” that we see from CNN, The New York Times, and others.
These media entities are not necessarily interested in reporting the news, as much as they are hoping to keep you tuned in through their advertising partners commercials. After all, without these marketing mavens spending boatloads of cash with the execs over on the 24 hour news planet, there would be no way to pay men such as Don Lemon and Wolf Blitzer the exorbitant amounts of money that they receive.
Furthermore, there would be no way to leverage the slant of the news organization to the will of the advertisers; something that is a clear and concise conflict of interest that we refuse to disavow for some bizarre and pedantic reason.
Now, in this mash-up of the political power class and the cult of celebrity, we have a new tactic emerging in which highly influential politicos are leaning on highly influential tastemakers in order to steer the public perception of “cool” toward the left.
Yes, I realize that this is Alex Jones, and that a heaping dose of salt is necessary to take this assertion to the hilt, but there is definitely abundant evidence that Barack Obama and Jay-Z are tight.
Jay Z made history Thursday by becoming the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The man who helped present the award was another trailblazer, the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama. The two have much in common, as Obama mentioned in his speech.
Perhaps the most immediate thing they have in common, though, was that neither man was actually at the event. Obama gave his speech in a prerecorded video, and Jay Z tweeted about it later. E! reported the rapper was not able to attend the awards gala in New York City.
In the video, Obama named and congratulated all the inductees before turning to Jay Z (given name Shawn Carter), whom he called “a true American original.”
“I like to think Mr. Carter and I understand each other,” Obama said. “Nobody who met us when we were younger men would have expected us to be where we are today.”
This desperate move reeks of reactionary politicking, especially given the recent conservative turn of rapper Kanye West, whose Twitter rants about Donald Trump nearly caused the internet to melt just weeks ago.