Thank God we have "Rolling Stone" magazine to ask the presidential candidates the questions that MATTER. You know, like... "What's on your iPod???"
For tomorrow's issue, "Rolling Stone" did indeed ask BARACK OBAMA what he's got on his. And his selections include the following...
--Superstar cellist YO YO MA!!!
--THE ROLLING STONES
--EARTH, WIND AND FIRE
Barack admits to "Rolling Stone" that he gets a kick out of the fact that some of his musical heroes look up to HIM. He says, quote, "I've got to say, having both Dylan and Bruce Springsteen say kind words about you is pretty remarkable. Those guys are icons."
Obama hasn't met Springsteen yet, but he did talk to him on the phone. Asked if he referred to Springsteen as THE BOSS, Obama said, quote, "You've got to."
"Rolling Stone" felt it necessary to ask him how he feels about hip-hop.
He said, quote, "I am troubled sometimes by the misogyny and materialism of a lot of rap lyrics, but I think the genius of the art form has shifted the culture and helped to desegregate music."
He praised Jay-Z, RUSSELL SIMMONS and LUDACRIS as, quote, "great talents and great businessmen", but added, quote, "It would be nice if I could have my daughters... listen to their music without me worrying that they were getting bad images of themselves."
I have no problem with stuff like this. It's fluff journalism. It's just for fun. It doesn't tarnish or cheapen the political process. Unless you were to actually base your VOTE on something like this. But that's not "Rolling Stone's" fault.
That being said, this whole thing is pretty unfair. Do you think JOHN MCCAIN even knows how to turn an iPod on?
If "Rolling Stone" really wanted to get both sides, they would send somebody out to McCain's house to see what records are stacked up on his phonograph machine.