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Kanye West tells NBC News to knock off the noise during interview

By Lisa de Moraes

Once upon a time a former President of the United States, whose time in office included Hurricane Katrina, Sept. 11, 2001, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a financial meltdown, wrote a memoir in which he pointed to Kanye West saying on national TV that said POTUS doesn't care about black people as being the worst moment of his presidency.

He did a national TV interview to sell a few books, in the course of which he got asked about that surprising comment. The TV network, thinking it was on to a good thing during the November sweep ratings derby, invited Kanye to react to the president's comment in front of a national audience.

Kanye agreed to do that little thing. But Kanye did not appreciate the many audio-visual bells and whistles the TV network had brought with them to commemorate the important ratings grabber, which distracted Kanye while he was trying to answer the questions that were being put to him by the The Handsome Anchor, named Matt Lauer.

And, being outspoken guy he is, Kanye expressed his displeasure in no uncertain terms, both during the interview and via Twitter after it was over.

The TV network began to dance The Happy Dance at the thought of the ratings spike Kanye's rant would cause the interview to enjoy. A copy of the interview somehow got "leaked" to a national newspaper which reported on the incident with the inside dope. TV on-air talent on various shows across many networks began to gaze at their navels intently, trying to decipher the deeper meaning of it all. The network danced The Happy Dance some more.

Then came The Big Day. The Kanye interview was going to air.

"How am I supposed to talk?" West was seen snapping while video and audio was playing in the background as he tried to answer a question. "I'm hearing it while
I'm trying to talk."

When the audio was turned down, he added, reasonably we think, "Please don't let that happen - it's like, ridiculous."

But the network - realizing it was on to a very good thing (aka Another Kanye Incident) - went ahead and ran a SECOND video-with-audio while Kanye was trying to answer yet another question.

"I didn't need you guys to prompt my emotions," Kanye bristled. "I don't need all the jazz."

After the taped interview concluded, The Handsome Anchor -- his sensible co-anchor at his side lending support -- harrumphed for a few minutes about the craziness of it all, in re Kanye's complaints, because that's how network TV interviews are done, folks.

And the ratings poured in.

Here's Kanye during the interview, on NBC's "Today" show Thursday morning:

By Lisa de Moraes  | November 11, 2010; 11:13 AM ET
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Folks,

Lets keep a copy of THIS in our pockets for quick reference when speaking with our ... 'friends' on the other side.'


After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get Mad?

You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq .

You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq .

You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden. You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans , drown.

You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick...Oh, Hell No!!

Posted by: *Futurejumps | November 11, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah that's great and all but what I really want to know is whether Flavor Flav still thinks 911 is a joke or has it improved in his estimation.

Posted by: peterg73 | November 11, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Kanye West has proven over and over he's an idiot. Why does anyone care what he thinks?

Posted by: AsstGM | November 11, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

This knucklehead is a piss-poor example of a balanced / sane individual. I really question his mental health, and think he would do well to get some professional help. Honestly, at times I'm not sure if he is simply a poorly-raised, immature, and obnoxious little woos; or rather just an inarticulate racist. Maybe if his mommy was here to hold his hand we could figure it out...... Also, this business of people giving him praise or trying to explain away his obnoxious behavior because "he speaks from the heart" is quite aggravating!!! What does it matter if you "speak from the heart" if you don't have a kind heart????? Please keep your word for once, and give no more interviews as you've promised!! We (the non-racists) would be appreciative.

Posted by: JonTx | November 11, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

This knucklehead is a piss-poor example of a balanced / sane individual. I really question his mental health, and think he would do well to get some professional help. Honestly, at times I'm not sure if he is simply a poorly-raised, immature, and obnoxious little woos; or rather just an inarticulate racist. Maybe if his mommy was here to hold his hand we could figure it out...... Also, this business of people giving him praise or trying to explain away his obnoxious behavior because "he speaks from the heart" is quite aggravating!!! What does it matter if you "speak from the heart" if you don't have a kind heart????? Please keep your word for once, and give no more interviews as you've promised!! We (the non-racists) would be appreciative.

Posted by: JonTx | November 11, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The extent of Bush's anger over Kanye West’s comment just illustrates what a bone head GW Bush is. What about 9/11? What about the casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan? A rappers ignorant comment outweighed those events in Bush's 8 years in the White House? Sad.

Posted by: mwhite1 | November 11, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

kanye west is something that fecal matter has to scrape off of it's shoe. He and Matt make a lovely couple.

Posted by: carlbatey | November 11, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

kanye west is something that fecal matter has to scrape off of it's shoe. He and Matt make a lovely couple.

Posted by: carlbatey | November 11, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

That race card is all maxed out. "It's Nowhere You Wanna Be."

Posted by: wmpowellfan | November 12, 2010 3:24 AM | Report abuse

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