Lupe Fiasco Interview Highlights Only a Few Words He Said. [UPDATED]
By Chuck Sudo in News on Jun 8, 2011 9:10PM
Lupe Fiasco's song "Words I Never Said" contains the following line that is critical of President Obama:
Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful And I believe in the people.
An interview Lupe did with Shira Lazar of CBSNews.com is making waves because of Lupe says Obama is "the biggest terrorist."
In the video, Lazar asks Lupe about "Words I Never Said." (It's at around the 2:10 point in the video below.) Lupe said:
"My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America."
Lupe then elaborated:
"For me, I'm trying to fight the terrorism that's causing the other forms of terrorism. You know the root cause of terrorists is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen. The foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists."
In the age of Instant Information, take a guess as to which quote is money? NBC Chicago knows.
At first glance we were going to give Lupe a Kanye West "I Say Dumb Shit" Award. But then we thought, what Lupe is saying is the same thing numerous other people, from celebrities to our neighbors, who have said the same thing about George Bush for the better part of a decade, and of Obama now. As citizens and as voters, we have the right to criticize our elected leaders. Very few of us think before we do so.
So when Lupe says that Barack Obama is the "biggest terrorist in the United States of America," he's referring to escalated drone attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and other countries; Gitmo and Bagram; the Obama Administration's liberal assassination policy; the continued use of cluster bombs; the Patriot Act and its extensions.
Now, had Lupe had time to think before he spoke and said, "I disagree with Barack Obama's foreign policy agenda, as well as his actions abroad, which I think, taken as a whole, tend to encourage and foster violence and terrorism as a response against the United States," that's not as sexy. Sometimes those off the cuff answers bury the specific point the speaker is trying to make? Could it be that's what's happening here?
What's also evident is a series of edits in the video at around the 2:10 mark that would make Andrew Breitbart proud, leading up to the money quote. It begs the following questions:
- What did Lazar ask of Lupe between her initial question and Lupe's comments?
- Did she give Lupe time to further elaborate on his answer than what was posted to the final video?
- If so, where are those questions?
Ms. Lazar's media agent has not responded to a request for comment as of post time.
[UPDATE]: CBSNews.com's Shira Lazar response, via her agent.
"His answer to my question was unedited. There were no follow up questions because he clarified his statement himself. The blog post provides more context on the interview."