Sunday, April 27, 2008

Wright-washing the Reverend won't work

As I said more than a year ago, it is extremely significant that in early 2007, when Barack Obama was not the presumptive nominee, the ultra-liberal Rolling Stone magazine looked at Obama's church and left wing leanings and titled its profile, "The Radical Roots of Barack Obama."

And there is the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a sprawling, profane bear of a preacher, a kind of black ministerial institution, with his own radio shows and guest preaching gigs across the country. Wright takes the pulpit here one Sunday and solemnly, sonorously declares that he will recite ten essential facts about the United States. "Fact number one: We've got more black men in prison than there are in college," he intones. "Fact number two: Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run!" There is thumping applause; Wright has a cadence and power that make Obama sound like John Kerry. Now the reverend begins to preach. "We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of professional KILLERS. . . . We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God. . . . We conducted radiation experiments on our own people. . . . We care nothing about human life if the ends justify the means!" The crowd whoops and amens as Wright builds to his climax: "And. And. And! GAWD! Has GOT! To be SICK! OF THIS SHIT!"

Once the Rev. Wright videotape surfaced, Rolling Stone changed the title to protect Obama. Hugh Hewitt has obtained extended audio of Wright's sermons so Americans can judge for themselves whether the evil news media is distorting what he was saying.

When the Rolling Stone listened last year, it understood Rev. Wright perfectly.

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