“In one of the most bizarre (and frankly demeaning) moments for the White House, President Donald Trump invited Kanye West into the Oval Office for what became an unhinged and profane rave sessions in front of the world’s press. As with the high-level visits with a Kardashian to talk policy, these sessions have a freak show quality more fitting a reality show than the Oval Office. For anyone who reveres that office, West raving about how he is a “crazy motherf***er” is an utter disgrace.”
Meanwhile, back in the land of “nah, there there’s no mainstream media bias,” CNN was being pretty disgraceful itself. Leading up to the visit, Don Lemon hosted a segment on CNN Tonight that declared West to be “mentally ill,” ” the token negro of the Trump administration” and an “attention whore” showing the perils of “what happens when negroes don’t read.” Then, after West’s performance, Lemon went on Wolf Blitzer’s show and demonstrated what he considers a good rant:
“What I saw was a minstrel show him in front of all these white people — most white people — embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African Americans because every one of them is sitting either at home or with their phones, watching this, cringing. I couldn’t even watch it. I had to turn the television off because it was so hard to watch. Him sitting there, being used by the President of the United States. The President of the United States exploiting him and expl — I don’t mean this in a disparaging way — exploiting someone who needs help, who needs to back away from the cameras, who needs to get off stage, who needs to deal with his issues and if anyone around him cares about him, the family that he mentioned today or whomever, his managers, maybe some other people who are in the music business who know him, they need to grab him, snatch him up and get Kanye together because Kanye needs help. And this has nothing to do with being liberal or a conservative. This has to do with honesty and we have to stop pretending, sitting here on these CNN panels or whatever network panels, and pretending like this is normal and let’s have this conversation about Kanye West. Who cares? Why are you sending cameras to the Oval Office for Kanye West? Did you send cameras to the Oval Office and carry it live when Common visited the White House? Common visited the White House and did a beautiful poem, spoken word, talked about how black people are kings and queens, how we need to rise up and do better. He didn’t disparage anybody. He didn’t speak in non-sequiturs. He didn’t do anything awful and, you know, the only people who criticized him, the only people who really covered it were Sean Hannity and his band of hypocrites who are now — who are now applauding Kanye West, the same people that many in that group called the n-word because of Taylor Swift and because of George Bush and now all of a sudden, he is the person who represents the African-American community? He doesn’t. We need to take the cameras away from Kanye and from a lot of this craziness that happens in the White House because it is not normal and we need to stop sitting here pretending that it’s normal. This was an embarrassment. Kanye’s mother is rolling over in her grave. I spoke to one of her friends today or texted with one of her friends today from Chicago. Donda’s friends. I used to live there. I know him. She said Donda would be — would be embarrassed by this. She would be terribly disturbed by this and Kanye has not been the same since his mother died. He kept talking today about oh, “I put the hat on and the hat made me feel strong and wearing a cape.” He needs a father figure. He needs someone to help him and to guide him and he needs a hug more than anything. Kanye, back away from the cameras. Go get some help and then come back and make your case. Nobody — if you want to be conservative, if you want to support Donald Trump, that is your business. But as you’re doing it, have some sense with it. Make sense. Educate yourself.”
Believe it or not, calling West a “token negro” and referring to his appearance as a “minstrel show” was not the lowest that CNN could go. After showing video of West animatedly discussing a variety of issues in the Oval Office (Note”: Fox News played only West’s coherent moments, CNN played exclusively his most bizarre), the CNN anchor went to its reliably unprofessional correspondent April Ryan, who was standing on the White House lawn. She immediately referred to singer Ray J during her analysis, saying, “I talked to someone who is very familiar with the Kardashians, or used to be, text messaging with Ray J. You know who Ray J is, he was once close with Kim Kardashian.”
Nice. The only reason anyone knows Ray J is because he made the infamous sex tape with West’s now-wife, Kim Kardashian, that launched the whole Kardashian phenomenon.
Asks Turley, “Is this seriously what CNN considers responsible journalism?”
- To answer that question first for the professor: CNN has no interest at all in professional journalism. I would think that would be obvious to all by now.
A responsible network wouldn’t continue to employ untrustworthy, partisan hacks like Ryan, Lemon,and many others, like Chris Cuomo, who are incapable of objectivity or competence.
- Can anyone imagine the reaction if a white Fox News anchor said in reference to a black progressive, this is “what happens when negroes don’t read” ?
I want to know what the rules are. A black pundit can use disparaging racial terms against blacks he disagrees with, but the same statement is a firing offense for a white pundit? If a black celebrity has the audacity to take a conservative position, that justifies racially denigrating him no matter who does it? Would a CNN correspondent who reported on Juanita Broaddrick’ and Paula Jones’s reactions to a Hillary rant be considered professional?
- West’s erratic behavior has been a feature of his persona from the beginning of his career. He’s obviously a super-narcissist, but most performers are narcissists. He’s also a brilliant rapper, and the same stream of consciousness, unfiltered communication habits he displayed in the Oval Office serve him well in his profession. Is he mentally ill? I think it’s likely, but again, many great artists are mentally ill to a greater or lesser extent. Lemon and the Left are now focusing on West’s mental state to discredit his support of President Trump. The news media’s message: you have to be crazy to support the President, especially if you are black, since he is a racist.
If you are white and support the President, you’re just a stupid bigot.
- In his critique, Turley is uncharacteristically illogical. He criticizes Trump for “letting the rant continue.” One of the constant proofs offered for why Trump is a racist involves his endorsement of throwing a black protester out of a 2016 campaign rally. What was the President supposed to do? Turley is offended that the Presient allowed West to wear his MAGA hat. “Just for the record, wearing a hat in the Oval Office is not considered respectful. Ronald Reagan would not even allow men to enter not wearing ties or jackets,” says Turley, longing for the good old days. As a terse Turley commenter notes, Bill Clinton was serviced by Monica in that office. And Turley is horrified that West used “motherfucker”?
Then Turley stoops to the “I know how the President should spend his time better than he does” cheap shot. “The Florida panhandle has been wiped clean, but the President gave ten minutes to this one-man circus show,” he sniffs. Right, professor, ten minutes devoted to watching the carnage in the Panhandle would make all the difference.
- Democrats and progressives having the vapours over West’s language defy believe. The Democratic Party’s chair, Tom Perez, and other party leaders, as well as progressive loyalists in the media, have employed unprecedented vulgarity against the President. Remember this reasoned tweet from Keith Olberman?
- The accusation that Trump is “exploiting” West is intellectually dishonest. CNN’s token conservative S.E. Cupp said, “I thought that was really sad. You had there a man who’s clearly not okay and a president willing to exploit that. And worse, really willing to exploit that under the auspices of race relations and black communities, joblessness, mental health — all the things that ended up in this bucket of issues that were sort of addressed in this free for all. I don’t know that any of them were very well served by this circus.”
West is among the very most popular and influential hip-hop artists, who has endorsed the policies of a President the news media has worked over-time trying to paint as a racist. If he is mentally ill, he is still well enough to perform, have a family, and maintain his career. The same people who are horrified that the President is “exploiting” a mentally ill artist have been arguing that Trump is mentally ill. The same people who are decrying the “denigration of the office” have refused to extend to this President and his high office any respect or deference at all—and now they worry about the office because Kanye West is wearing a hat? The Washington Post fatuously argues that “Black people are not a monolith and Kanye West does not represent all black people.”
Now I have to haul out that cognitive dissonance scale again…
The point is that for many black citizens, West is high on the scale. For many of those same citizens, Trump is low on the scale. When West embraces Trump and vice-versa, that creates cognitive dissonance for these people. It has to be resolved. West may fall down the scale, but Trump rises. It’s not exploitation for the President, who has to combat the news media’s daily attacks and false narratives, to counter the effort by publicizing his allies in the black community. It’s called good politics.
He’d be a fool not to give a super-star like West a platform.
- Democrats and their allied news media propaganda platforms are terrified that the economic gains blacks are making in the Trump economy will reduce their knee-jerk support, based entirely on group loyalty rather than substance or self-interest, that Democrats were assured of under Obama. That’s why they are attacking Kanya West.
Their problem is that the tactic is so transparent.