Topic: Media Research Center
We've documented how the Media Research Center flip-flopped on its hatred of foul-mouthed rapper Kanye West to portray him as a champion of conservative values after he started palling around with Donald Trump. So when Ye (as he has changed his name to) surfaced for a little more of the kind of right-wing provocation the MRC loves, Tierin-Rose Mandelburg lovingly wrote about it in an Oct. 4 post:
Kanye may not have won the 2020 election but he did just win the hearts of those who agree that the Black Lives Matter movement is built on a lie.
Kanye West debuted controversial “White Lives Matter” attire during Paris Fashion Week in France. Numerous celebrities pitched a fit but West doubled down on his views insisting that “Black Lives Matter was a scam.”
His shirts were long-sleeved and featured the late Pope John Paul II on the front and the words “White Lives Matter” printed on the back.
West wore the T-shirt while giving a speech before the show that triggered grouches in the audience and online.
BET News host Marc Lamont Hill called West’s shirts “disgusting” and “dangerous.” Hill posted a photo where West stood alongside none other than Candice Owens who smiled in support of the message.
Mandelburg didn't mention that the effort to field West as a presidential candidate was actually fueled by Republican operatives in a failed attempt to split black Democrats from Joe Biden.
Mandelburg went on to gush about how West posted asince-deleted post on his Instagram feed screeching, “EVERYONE KNOWS THAT BLACK LIVES MATTER WAS A SCAM NOW IT’S OVER YOU’RE WELCOME,” declaring him "actually correct" and reciting her own well-rehearsed right-wing talking points: "The Black Lives Matter movement, in and of itself, is a corrupt, self-proclaimed Marxist money making ploy. There’s been numerous reports of million dollar mansions bought as well as various money funneling allegations by the founders of the movement." Mandelburg didn't explain how something could be both "Marxist" and a "money making ploy" given how Marxists are not known for their love of capital.
A few days later, West appeared on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show, and Mandelburg was in right-wing heaven again:
BRB, adding Kanye West’s music to my daily mix.
Ye has been trending as of late but not just for his music. The 45-year-old rapper sat down with Fox News on the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show on Thursday, where he professed his pro-life, pro-God, pro-Trump views and more.
The interview comes just days after "Ye" received massive blowback over his controversial “White Lives Matter” shirt design that he presented at Paris Fashion Week, and in a photo with Conservative Candice Owens. Tucker asked the rapper about the pushback during their interview.
“As an artist, you don’t have to give an explanation but as a leader you do,” Ye said, after quoting his own father’s reaction to the shirt which was “Just a black man stating the obvious."
Again, Ye is unphased and to put it simply, just wants to honor God.
“God builts warriors in a different way … He made me for such a time like this.” Then Ye brought up the story of David and Golioth likening himself to David as they both “have God on our side.”
“Even if you don’t believe in God, God believes in you," he said.
Unfortunately for Mandelburg's narrative of West as a God-loving right-winger, West went full anti-Semitic a couple days later, declaring in a tweet he was "going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE" and bizarrely caiming that "The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew."
What was really bizarre, though: In an Oct. 11 post -- two days after West's anti-Semitic tweet -- Mandelburg was still crushing on Ye and his right-wing values, with the help of Candace Owens. She actually started her post by declaring, "Ye and Candice Owens are freakin’ savage." Well, yes, anti-Semitism is quite savage. But Mandelburg was in full gush mode:
Tucker Carlson’s part one interview with Ye went viral last week when Ye explained he was pro-life, pro-God and liked Trump. In part two of the interview, Ye dove further into his salvation and walk with Jesus and Carlson invited Daily Wire’s Candace Owens to speak on her and Ye’s matching “White Lives Matter” shirts.
On Monday night’s segment, Carlson asked West about his choice to wear the “White Lives Matter” shirt and about his photo with Owens in her matching tee.
The more and more I lean into God and work for God, the more wins God is gonna bestow on our team, on Jesus gang. And for me to just go out and just state an obvious and empathetic statement in the middle of the most liberal century, that was like Tiananmen Square. With Candace Owens. And we both wore the shirt at the same time. You know, we've got some Jesus soldiers out here. People say they're willing to die for it but we live for it. We are living for the battle and what's the battle for? Life itself. Our children.
Legendary move on Ye and Owen’s part. The mere irony of two black people wearing “White Lives Matter” shirts to show that the BLM movement is in fact a scam, is awesome.
Power moves only.
Does Mandelburg think Ye's anti-Semitism is a "power move" that is "legendary"? She doesn't say, though it is in a certain kind of way. The gushing continued:
Owens said that the second worst thing someone could be in America is a “white, straight male.” Noting that it’s “too normal” so progressives attack it! “People are dying to say that they are anything but being white.”
Owens finally noted the impact that the “White Lives Matter” shirts had mentioning that white people at farmers markets were thanking her for “allowing us to have our voices back.”
“There’s a vicious narrative around that somehow black Americans are suffering from policing and therefore white lives can’t matter. They do, it’s obvious, Kanye was correct,” Owens concluded.
Mic freakin’ drop.
If we only have one takeaway from the controversy surrounding Ye and Owen’s “White Lives Matter” t-shirts it's that our society is comprised of so many pansy’s who make a mountain out of a molehill when something doesn’t fit the leftist narrative.
It's not until the final paragraph in her gushy post that she gets around to briefing mentioning the elephant in the room: "Now, Ye, about those anti-Semitic tweets ..." And that's all she had to say about it -- she couldn't even be borthered to actually criticize him. And no word on whether Mandelburg is still "adding Kanye West’s music to my daily mix."
The next day, in a post complaining that "former Disney Channel star Vanessa Hudgens announced a new documentary to talk about her connection to the spiritual realm of witchcraft," Mandelburg referenced West as a cancel-culture victim: "Most recently, the left lambasted Kanye West after going on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show and talking about his pro-life and pro-God stance and how he 'liked Trump' during the 2016 election." She didn't reference West's anti-Semitic attack at all.
Apparently, being a sufficiently right-wing shill gets you a free pass from the MRC -- even if you're an odioius anti-Semite.