Saturday, September 03, 2005

NBC Edits Kanye for West Coast

Kanye West delivered a haltingly impromptu rebuke of the Bush response to the Katrina disaster on NBC's benefit telethon last night. Although he didn't use any foul language, the network edited West's comments out of its West Coast feed.

From the AP wire,

"Appearing two-thirds through the program, he (West) claimed 'George Bush doesn't care about black people' and said America is set up 'to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible.'

The show, simulcast from New York on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and Pax, was aired live to the East Coast, enabling the Grammy-winning rapper's outburst to go out uncensored.

There was a several-second tape delay, but the person in charge 'was instructed to listen for a curse word, and didn't realize (West) had gone off-script,' said NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks."

I watched a rerun of the show on MSNBC this morning and West's comments were aired, seemingly unexpurgated.

Aaron Neville also appeared on the show. His version of "Amazing Grace" literally made me cry in my coffee.

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