Fox News went all-in on Kanye West – just before he made antisemitic remarks on social media
In the days before Kanye West made antisemitic remarks in posts on Twitter and Instagram, Fox News dedicated more than two and a half hours of largely fawning coverage to the mogul.
On October 3, Daily Wire personality Candace Owens posted a photograph of herself with West, both wearing “White Lives Matter” shirts. In the days after that post through Saturday, October 8, Fox News aired 2 hours and 34 minutes of West coverage in its original programming; roughly 69 minutes of that coverage was Fox host Tucker Carlson’s interview with West.
West also received a lot of positive coverage on Fox’s other platforms. As of this morning, Carlson’s interview is still featured on Fox Nation. One Fox News website headline even claimed: “Ye kicked off Instagram following feud sparked by 'White Lives Matter' t-shirt, he says: 'Look at this'”
After Fox lifted up West as a brave truth-teller, West posted blatantly antisemitic remarks on Instagram and Twitter:
The star had his Instagram account suspended at the weekend after accusing rapper Diddy of being controlled by Jewish people.
The message played into a long-standing anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
West responded to his suspension by rejoining Twitter and saying he would go "death con 3 On Jewish people", earning him a second disbarment.
Both platforms removed West's posts and said the star had violated policies on hate speech.
Fox slightly pivoted in its tenor late in the October 9 episode of Fox & Friends Weekend, when hosts admitted that West’s remarks were “ugly” – and then immediately complained that social media platforms removed them.
FoxNews.com, meanwhile, was busy removing posts from its comments section on a piece about West.