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The Ticker (video edition): Matthews, Cooper, Hannity…

> SNL got one final round of political sketches in last night, including a portrayal of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews with Sen. Barack Obama. Check out the video.

> CNN’s Anderson Cooper was interviewed on Ellen DeGeneres‘ talk show today, and he explained “The Ellen Factor.” Check out the clip.

> In honor of Election Day, Nas, who is not a fan of Fox News, released a new song, with a shot at Sean Hannity. Click here to listen.

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Nas Takes Break From Protesting FOX to Appear On It

The rapper Nas has a well-documented beef with Fox News going back almost a year. It includes a this protest outside News Corp.’s headquarters two weeks ago and a song on his new album.

In “Sly Fox” he calls out Rupert Murdoch by name, as well as some of his properties including MySpace and New York’s Fox station, WNYW: “Watch what you say Fox 5 is watching,” he raps.

So it seemed a little odd today to see Nas appearing on the Wendy Williams Show, currently in a six-week trial on the Fox stations in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Detroit.

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We’ve Located the Fox News Petitions

nascolbert_7-24.JPGAll those petitions Fox News wouldn’t accept yesterday seem to have found a temporary home — the set of The Colbert Report.

Last night, Stephen Colbert interviewed Nas literally on top of the boxes of petitions. Later in the broadcast, Nas performed his song, “Sly Fox,” which takes aim at FNC and others in the media.

Before the interview, Colbert aired a compilation video from the protest earlier in the day. Colbert played part of Nas’ speech at the protest, who said, “We already know Fox News is not a news network, they are a propaganda machine.”

“Yes, machine,” said Colbert,” Unlike MSNBC, which is a propaganda Pez dispenser.”

Click continued to see the segment, including Colbert’s update on Lil’ Jon‘s feud with Tucker Carlson

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Dozens Protest Outside Fox News Headquarters

NasCUFNC_7.23.jpgWhat brings out MTV News, AllHipHop.com, Access Hollywood, The Colbert Report and, well, us? A Nas-led protest outside News Corp. today, home of Fox News Channel.

The hip-hop star (left) joined about 50 protesters, (less than another anti-FNC protest in 2004) from two organizations: ColorofChange.org and MoveOn.org who called on the network to, “stop its racist smears against the Obamas and other Black Americans.”

Also in attendance — more than 620,000 signed petitions. Andre Banks, deputy director of Color of Change, told TVNewser the plan was to bring the boxes in one by one, but in the end, “They refused to accept the petitions. They just don’t want to hear it.”

BoxesFNC_7.23.jpgThe protesters stood quietly for about an hour until Nas appeared, most holding pre-made or hand-made signs. Many Fox News employees came to check out the scene, including Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld and some of the show’s staff. “This is quite possibly the most boring protest ever,” he told us.

But that was before Nas arrived. The hip-hop star emerged from an SUV to a flutter of cameras, made his way to the front of the protesters and gave a short speech, before heading back into the SUV.

A Fox News spokesperson tells TVNewser, “Fox News believes in all protesters exercising their right to free speech, including Nas, who has an album to promote.”

About 15 minutes after leaving, Nas returned, and he had something to say.

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The Ticker: Nas, China, VF…

> Politico’s Michael Calderone reports hip-hop star Nas will be delivering a petition to Fox News tomorrow at 2pmET, urging the network to “stop its racist smears against the Obamas and other Black Americans.” In unrelated news, Nas’ new album, which blasts FNC, dropped last week.

> CNBC’s special on China, “The People’s Republic of Profit,” hosted by Melissa Lee, premieres July 30 at 9pmET. This is not to be confused with Ted Koppel‘s China special, “The People’s Republic of Capitalism,” from earlier this month.

> FishbowlDC notes the Vanity Fair parody of the much-talked-about New Yorker cover. Think Obama stereotypes, except…McCain. Click continued to see the mock cover…

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