Main Stream Media Ignores Obama – Rev. Wright Controversy
There is a saying in the news biz that a story has “traction” or “legs”. The story on Barack Obama and his Pastor Jeremiah Wright has had an amputation or maybe I should say, intervention.
Despite the ugly videos of Reverend Wright’s damnation all over cable news and the Internet on Thursday. And Obama himself disavowing any knowledge of this hate on CNN, Fox and MSNBC on Friday evening. The front pages of the L.A. Times and the New York Times had not a word on this swirling controversy.
The story is also conveniently missing from both CBS and NBC News.
I scoured the front pages of the nations largest newspapers on Saturday and Sunday and it was as if nothing had happened at all. Instead, there was a wholesale acquiescence to quote Obama’s campaign rhetoric in Indianapolis, where he said he rejects Wright’s statements but still stands behind his Pastor.
Obama even invoked Bobby Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. “He said, at that moment of anguish, we’ve got a choice in taking the rage and bitterness and disappointment and letting it fester and dividing us further,” Obama said. “Or we can take a different path that says we have different stories, but we have common dreams and common hopes.”
Is Obama comparing himself to Bobby Kennedy and Rev. Wright to Martin Luther King? This is the height of hypocrisy — Obama believes himself to be a Messiah. I think Obama is really a pariah.
Barack lacks sound judgement when under duress and suddenly words don’t seem to matter when they meant so much to him before.
None of the articles made any reference to Obama’s 20 year relationship with Jeremiah Wright or questioned the use of Wright’s sermon, “The Audacity of Hope” which has become the centerpiece of his campaign.
Here is a sampling of the headlines from Saturday, March 15, 2008:
“Attacks on his church trouble Obama”, Mary Mitchell Sun-Times Columnist
“Race for White House impacted by freedom of preach”, Boston Herald
“Obama Battles Through Bad Week”, ABC News
Charles Coulter, of the Kansas City Star Editorial Board on Monday, March 17th demonstrates exactly how pro-Obama the MSM is (read the comments too) in “Enough! Attacks on Obama and Jeremiah Wright are ludicrous”.
Nothing in the editorials either, accept Sunday in the Washington Times. “Obama’s call to action”.
“In Mr. Obama’s “movement for change” there should be no room for racism, real or perceived. His “movement for change” should include repudiating intolerance and bigotry, even if it comes from someone you’ve called pastor, friend and spiritual leader for 20 years. Mr. Wright’s “preaching” is not only political but hateful and runs the risk of further dividing a country Mr. Obama insists on unifying. If, “[Obama] transcends race” as FOX News analyst Fred Barnes put it last week, not only does he have a duty but a responsibility — as a candidate, leader, American — to reject the man and his message.”
By ignoring the controversy, the main stream press hopes it will all just go away.
It is up to us to demand that our Presidential candidates be vetted extensively so we don’t suffer from “voter remorse” in 2009.
Do we really want Obama in the White House? It’s up to the voters to “reject and repudiate” Barack Obama before it’s too late.
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Posted: 1415Pt 03/16/08
Updated: 1235PT 03/17/08