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The Fox News Johnny Cash double-standard

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The Village Voice picks some low-hanging fruit in a column today by pointing out that Fox News and the war it's waging with rappers and hip-hop culture is ill-informed and racist (duh). And for not calling out Mike Huckabee for covering Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" at the Iowa State Fair this weekend, hypocritical.

While standing in front of a crowd of Republican voters, at a family-friendly carnival that kids were dragged to, Mike Huckabee and Nada covered Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues"—the classic country song that includes the line, "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die."

Mike Huckabee pays no mind to the unbelievably casual gun violence that Cash drawls. He bobs his head, driving along the bassline, no stop, no pause, no extended Bill O'Reilly harangue.

Johnny Cash was a drinker and a drug user, with several misdemeanors under his belt. One of his car crashes started a large-scale forest fire and he was subsequently sued by the federal government. (He was unapologetic.) He cheated on his wife. He sang about guns, he sang about violence. (He also sang about love, about loss, about faith.) Johnny Cash performed at the White House, numerous times, without a problem.

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