April 28, 2008
The Reverend Wright
Ten thousand diners filled Cobo Hall in Detroit for the annual NAACP fund-raising dinner. The Clintons have been speakers in the past but this year the Reverend Jeremiah Wright was honored by the NAACP. He gave a speech that got the 10,000 on their feet. His core message? We are different but not deficient. It was a good, solid and provocative speech if you watched it, but not if you listened to CNBC or CNN report it. The CNN reporter, obviously disgusted by Rev. Wright, asked Senator Dick Durbin, "Do you still support Barack?" Durbin, co-chair of the Obama campaign said, "Of course."
Then the William F. Buckley wanna-be, William Kristol, and Juan Williams, Brit Hume, and others dissected the speech as if written and delivered by Barack. It wasn't. (Tough enough to defend one's own speeches let alone one's pastor's.) Even a Hillary Clinton supporter defended Wright: "The First Amendment gives him the right to speak and Barack cannot be held responsible for his speech."
It would be refreshing if the talking heads, including Cokie Roberts, discussed the substance of the speech. Why can't Keith Olbermann be on all the time? Ah, but that asks for too much.
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