It seems a little odd now to consider the controversy that arose in April 2007 when rapper Cam & rson said to the "60 Minutes" interviewer Anderson Cooper who did not believe in talking to the police .
Cooper and Cam & Ron discussed the fact that the musician was hit. Cooper asked if Camron would identify the shooter with the police if he saw it. Cam & ron said he would not do it because he would not "spat", preferring to control his own community.
Would he inform the police if his neighbor was a serial killer, Cooper asked?
"I would not call and tell anyone about them," said Cam, Ron, "but I would probably move."
In a short time, he apologized for the comment, calling it an "error of judgment," but noting that working with the police often "makes you a bigger target of criminal violence" in neighborhoods like yours.
But even in the pre-social media, the firestorm that had set in motion would not be easily canceled.
Sean Hannity, who co-hosted a Fox News show with the liberal Alan Colmes, took over Cam's comments as an opportunity to explore the "stop snitching" movement.
"It's called the" stop snitching "campaign and it's taking assault on urban communities," Hannity said. "The proposal? Do not cooperate with the police for a crime you have witnessed, no matter how serious it is, and the result is that crimes throughout America are not resolved.
"What makes this movement more disturbing," he added, "is that this code of silence on the back is marketed by the big corporations and fueled by the rap music industry".
He presented Marc Lamont Hill, a professor at Temple University, to discuss the issue.
"So the idea that you can even watch a serial killer and say nothing to the police – how common is it?" Hannity Churches.
"I think it's exaggerated," Hill replied, attributing some of Cam's comments to "bravado." He added, "I think hip-hop artists and certainly people living in the urban ghettos are far more responsible and committed than their comments would suggest."
"Is this movement making its way or not?" Hannity Churches.
"I think he's getting traction, but it's important not to spot the start of this movement in hip-hop culture," Hill said. "An anti-shoplifting position is an integral part of American culture, and since the beginning of American life, people have taken anti-spying positions. [Alberto] Gonzales right now and see that he is also taking a stop-light position. "
Hill referred to the testimony of the sworn Congress offered by the then attorney general in which he repeatedly repeated that he did not remember the details of the dismissal of eight federal prosecutors under the administration of George W. Bush.
"What does it mean?" Hannity spoke. "It's not the same thing, we're talking about crimes here against innocent victims, you can not compare it to someone who politically defends someone, not the same thing."
"If people die on the streets in our cities and people are witnessing these crimes and there is a concerted effort not to tell the police or not to cooperate with the police, it's a phenomenon we'd better pay attention to" , he later added, "otherwise other innocent people will die".
Fast forward 11 years.
Now, Hill is the one at the center of an endangered controversy, after the comments he made on Israel at the UN led to his dismissal as a CNN commentator. Hannity is the guest of his homonymous show on Fox News, a platform that largely uses to elevate the defense of President Trump, whose nomination was approved in 2016.
Hannity was at the forefront of supporting the position that investigations into Russian interference in those elections and, even more so, investigations into possible co-ordination with Trump's own campaign were flawed, distorted and based on fraudulent assumptions . He regularly raised theories of Trump and the president's defenders on Capitol Hill who try to portray the initial investigations of the FBI and the ongoing probe by special adviser Robert S. Mueller III as exactly what Trump insists on being: witch hunting.
That was how his point of view on the spout returned to the starting point, as noted by USA Today Steve Reilly. Hannity also hosts a radio program and, on Wednesday, offered a punished advice to his listeners.
"If you're like me, and you've grown to venerate an FBI agent, and the FBI comes to your house, and maybe some crime took place in the neighborhood, and maybe you've got a bit of information, but you do not "I quite fully remember everything, but you're pretty sure you do it – the advice I have to give you now is:" Do not talk to the FBI ".
"How frightening is it, because we want to help our FBI, because we want to help them solve crimes, we are good people, we play by the rules, we obey the laws of the country, we pay our taxes … we want to get the people doing bad things because there are enough. "
Put more briefly: stop doing the sneaker.
Hill has effectively summarized Hannity's current position in 2007.
"We also need to link this to the distrust of people, to the historically located distrust, to the police," he said. "There is legitimate suspicion, legitimate distrust of the police in terms of their own actions in the neighborhoods of the ghetto".
The caution declared by Hannity (however sincere) stemmed from what he considers a legitimate concern born of how the FBI and Mueller used alleged false statements from Trump people to persuade them to cooperate in the investigation. The 2007 Hannity seems to have seen the police efforts in the nobly unchecked black communities, prompting Hill to notice why skepticism exists. Now that Hannity believes that law enforcement is partial to him and his interests, he adopts Camron's position.
If a serial-false-witness-bidder lived next to Hannity, he could move, but apparently he would not say it to the FBI.
Hannence's argument is probably designed primarily to reinforce Trump's effort to convince his former allies to stop talking to the feds. Trump of Tweet at the beginning of this week, I was praised by former advisor Roger Stone for refusing to testify to Hannity's radio beam. (Most of those who collaborated, it's worth repeating, they did not because they were scolded, but because Mueller made them with other criminal charges).
The other irony, of course, is that Hannity wiped out Hill's comparison with Gonzales as an unjust confrontation between a criminal's defense and "someone who politically defends someone."
The same line can be blurred.