LA Times Continues Its Long Slide to Obscurity
With this inane article
about Kanye West's remarks:NBC may have been nervous about West's comments, including the notion that America and its president are unresponsive to the needs of the poor. But you can be sure those remarks would have been cheered more than anything else in the program by the black parents and children still trapped in the New Orleans Convention Center and the Superdome if they had been able to hear them.
I actually agree with this:The puzzling thing is why NBC axed that, but allowed another provocation, potentially more disturbing, to stay in: "We already realized a lot of the people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way, and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us."
Although of course the critic is undoubtedly arguing that they should have left West's remarks about Bush in, not taken the remarks about "given them permission to shoot us" out.
There's the obligatory mumbling about West being this bright new force in pop music. Why this gives him any special insight into the situation in New Orleans goes unexplained. The Captain and Tenille were a bright new force in pop music 30 years ago, but I don't recall them letting us know their thoughts on Watergate, or idiot critics from the LA Times telling us it was important to listen to them.