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More On Pastor Wright and MSM’s Dilemma

Friday, March 14, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

[Obama and the Minister]

Credit: Trinity United Church of Christ/Religion News Service

Ronald Kessler has a must-read op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal.

An exchange with former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson from yesterday:

HH: Michael Gerson, do you think this issue’s going to go away anytime soon?

MG: No, I don’t. I think it’s serious.

MSM has a huge dilemma. The public is shocked by some of Reverand Wright’s statements. Audio of them has been played far and wide. There is almost certainly more audio out there, as pastors have this habit of preaching at least weekly.

So what does MSM do? Start digging for more sermons and past public displays of partnership and affection between Obama and Wright? Or absolve the candidate of any responsibility for the radical politics of his friend and mentor? Senator Obama certainly wants a pardon for all of Reverand Wright’s sermons. But would any other elected official so closely associated with a controversial figure get off with a general disclaimer despite membership in the church for many years and an obviously close friendship? (See the excerpts from Obama’s first book on his first meeting with Reverand Wright many years ago.)

This looks to be one of those stories that expose the MSM as hopelessly biased towards the left, creating a standard for politicians from the left that treats them very differently than center-right politicians. The public watches and understands the whole story, and the MSM’s credibility suffers again as a result.

By the way, the other friend and mentor of Senator Obama is still on trial. For all the latest on the prosecution of Obama’s friend, neighbor and financier, visit

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