It's really not different though. Judge the guy on his body of work not on what you think he raps/writes about. Look at the lyrics of the song everyone is using to condemn him as "condoning cop killing":
"Assata had been convicted of a murder she couldna done/Medical evidence shown she couldna shot the gun" http://www.metrolyrics.com/a-song-for-assata-lyrics-common.html
Nowhere in the song is he laudatory of killing cops. Don't just toe the party line. If people don't vote for Obama because of this issue then I guess it's a validation of misinformation. You praise Beck for always asking people to look at the information for themselves and seek of facts on the matter: it's too bad that Fox viewers don't always do that. I'd also encourage you to actually watch his performance at the white house: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bijxZohnQvI&feature=player_embedded#at=87
â??Politics is politics and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I respect that. The one thing that shouldnâ??t be questioned is my support for the police officers and troops that protect us every day."