White House defends invite to rapper Common

Rapper Common arrives at "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" awards show in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

May 11, 2011 11:13:53 AM PDT
The White House is standing by its decision to invite the rapper Common to participate in a poetry event despite conservative and other criticism that the musician has glorified the killing of police officers with his lyrics.