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March 21st, 2008
10:09 AM ET

The full story behind Rev. Jeremiah Wright's 9/11 sermon

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Roland Martin has listened to several of the sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright from Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Portions of the sermons have been excerpted in recent stories.

As this whole sordid episode regarding the sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has played out over the last week, I wanted to understand what he ACTUALLY said in this speech. I've been saying all week on CNN that context is important, and I just wanted to know what the heck is going on.

I have now actually listened to the sermon Rev. Wright gave after September 11 titled, "The Day of Jerusalem's Fall." It was delivered on Sept. 16, 2001.

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One of the most controversial statements in this sermon was when he mentioned "chickens coming home to roost." He was actually quoting Edward Peck, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and deputy director of President Reagan's terrorism task force, who was speaking on FOX News. That's what he told the congregation.

He was quoting Peck as saying that America's foreign policy has put the nation in peril:

"I heard Ambassador Peck on an interview yesterday did anybody else see or hear him? He was on FOX News, this is a white man, and he was upsetting the FOX News commentators to no end, he pointed out, a white man, an ambassador, he pointed out that what Malcolm X said when he was silenced by Elijah Mohammad was in fact true, he said Americas chickens, are coming home to roost.”

"We took this country by terror away from the Sioux, the Apache, Arikara, the Comanche, the Arapaho, the Navajo. Terrorism.

"We took Africans away from their country to build our way of ease and kept them enslaved and living in fear. Terrorism.

"We bombed Grenada and killed innocent civilians, babies, non-military personnel.

"We bombed the black civilian community of Panama with stealth bombers and killed unarmed teenage and toddlers, pregnant mothers and hard working fathers.

"We bombed Qaddafi's home, and killed his child. Blessed are they who bash your children's head against the rock.

"We bombed Iraq. We killed unarmed civilians trying to make a living. We bombed a plant in Sudan to pay back for the attack on our embassy, killed hundreds of hard working people, mothers and fathers who left home to go that day not knowing that they'd never get back home.

"We bombed Hiroshima. We bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye.

"Kids playing in the playground. Mothers picking up children after school. Civilians, not soldiers, people just trying to make it day by day.

"We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff that we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost.

"Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. And terrorism begets terrorism. A white ambassador said that y'all, not a black militant. Not a reverend who preaches about racism. An ambassador whose eyes are wide open and who is trying to get us to wake up and move away from this dangerous precipice upon which we are now poised. The ambassador said the people we have wounded don't have the military capability we have. But they do have individuals who are willing to die and take thousands with them. And we need to come to grips with that."

He went on to describe seeing the photos of the aftermath of 9/11 because he was in Newark, N.J., when the planes struck. After turning on the TV and seeing the second plane slam into one of the twin towers, he spoke passionately about what if you never got a chance to say hello to your family again.

"What is the state of your family?" he asked.

And then he told his congregation that he loved them and asked the church to tell each other they loved themselves.

His sermon thesis:

1. This is a time for self-examination of ourselves and our families.

2. This is a time for social transformation (then he went on to say they won't put me on PBS or national cable for what I'm about to say. Talk about prophetic!)

"We have got to change the way we have been doing things as a society," he said.

Wright then said we can't stop messing over people and thinking they can't touch us. He said we may need to declare war on racism, injustice, and greed, instead of war on other countries.

"Maybe we need to declare war on AIDS. In five minutes the Congress found $40 billion to rebuild New York and the families that died in sudden death, do you think we can find the money to make medicine available for people who are dying a slow death? Maybe we need to declare war on the nation's healthcare system that leaves the nation's poor with no health coverage? Maybe we need to declare war on the mishandled educational system and provide quality education for everybody, every citizen, based on their ability to learn, not their ability to pay. This is a time for social transformation."

3. This is time to tell God thank you for all that he has provided and that he gave him and others another chance to do His will.

By the way, nowhere in this sermon did he said "God damn America." I'm not sure which sermon that came from.

This doesn't explain anything away, nor does it absolve Wright of using the N-word, but what it does do is add an accurate perspective to this conversation.

The point that I have always made as a journalist is that our job is to seek the truth, and not the partial truth.

I am also listening to the other sermons delivered by Rev. Wright that have been the subject of controversy.

And let me be clear: Where I believe he was wrong and not justified in what he said based upon the facts, I will say so. But where the facts support his argument, that will also be said.

So stay tuned.

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– Roland S. Martin, CNN Contributor
www.rolandsmartin.com

Editor's note: Read other blogs from Roland Martin and the team of 360 contributors at CNN.com/360


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soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. Karen

    I understand that you are trying to get the truth out there and that's great, but hasn't this story been beaten to death? It's time to move on.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:18 am |
  2. Tim Kunkel

    You have GOT to be kidding, Mr, Martin. Are you actually equivocating the unbelieveably racist, hateful messages that Rev. Wright has been ranting for years?

    Can you possibly envision yourself writing a similar article about a non-African American who made similar "sermons".

    This is proof positive that people can rationalize absolutely anything.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:18 am |
  3. Dan

    Thank you so much Roland. A wise man told me once, context, context, context. He was so right, I'm sick and tired of all the half truths we here from the news media. Job well done.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:18 am |
  4. julius

    Bravo! to the reporting. I am impressed, first time on cnn.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:18 am |
  5. Shaun

    Personally I think this speech being presented is a great help. I see absolutely nothing that was said offensive. He merely stated the truth and I'm sure many of those present gave some serious thought to the countries conduct in the past. America who claims to be the worlds superpower should not punish self criticism but should welcome it. It brings about changes in policies and rethinks the moral stance that affects billions of people throughout the world. When your actions affect the lives of the rest of the world then I certainly think that criticism is important. Let there be more of it and a more responsible foreign policy so that the world looks to the US as the example it should be.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:18 am |
  6. Nick

    Why don't you just put your real jersey on. You are Obama supporter and you are not a journalist at all. The way that you do your so called comments are totally bias and i don"t know why CNN is having you so often in the program. Please show us that you are not a racist if you can...

    March 21, 2008 at 11:18 am |
  7. Chris

    Thank you for posting that section of Rev. Wright’s sermon in its entirety. After reading it, I am now more convinced than even that this man is an unhinged, radical left wing, blame America, terrorist appeasing lunatic. And that Mr. Obama, after listening to 20 years of this caustic spew doesn’t even deserve to be a Senator, much less President. Please do make sure it gets better visibility so other voting Americans can make this determination as well.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  8. Hane

    CNN/ Obam Cable News. No matter how you justify this matter, We heard and watched the videos and the racial/unamerican ranting of this pastor which Obama listened for 20 years. I would appreciate if you can have Obama discussed this issue with Lou Dobbs as he is the only moderator at CNN who still have integrity and objectivity left on him.

    By the way, can you also report that he said in the radio yesterday that "white people are typically racist". Please

    March 21, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  9. Sergio

    Stop praising Roland. As an American I want full disclosure. Lets see what explanation Roland can come up with the sermons where he damned America and made those pornographic body movements at the pulpit. Looking forward for a full analyses of those sermons.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  10. Trish

    Thank you Roland. It's nice to have someone tell the whole story. If the media is going to help shape what happens in an election, we need to hear the whole truth and not just sound bites.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  11. Odessa,KY

    I am glad you made this your concern as a reporter, to take time out and listen to the whole sermon. Obama is the one! God Bless him and his campagin staff in JESUS NAME. Now, lets win this election for the people.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  12. Ian

    Ok, I really appreciate you puttingup this story, but, its not the whole sermon AND I would like to know the context of which one would say "God damn America!" Maybe we are reaping what we sew? How many did Gaddafi kill when we decided to attack? They reaped what they sewed. I believe America wants a better world, but people hate our prosperity and free living ideals. Why cant you get that? Get a top secret clearance and then we will talk.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  13. This whole thing

    How obvious can it be!? And how "STUPID" can we be as human beings!? The policy of America has NOT been for the good of righteousness in any shape or form. This has gone on since slavery and persist to this day. WE poison our children with misinformation about history, religion, politics, diet and health. We "LET" innocent American people suffer and die in poverty. We reward the sinister and evil people who profit from harmful and deadly product manufacturing.
    We sell more weapons of mass destruction than ANY country in the world. We have killed and murdered thousands of people in the name of democracy and justified those deaths as protecting the national security. We have allowed our government to kill, murder and plot against the people of the United Sates without recoarse or punishment. We perpetuate racism by FEAR of solidarity and unity of the people of this country. We the people have allowed criminal to infest of cities and children and arm them crazed on drugs. We the people have allowed this! Everyday George Bush and his administration sit in office there are thousands more people who are assured the United States has no good intentions for the rest of the people and countries of the world because the government of the United States, at this point, has NO good intentions for the people of the United States other than to victimize them and profit for their suffer.
    The truth is a horrible medicine for a liar!

    March 21, 2008 at 11:16 am |
  14. Matt

    Roland,
    You are a good and honest man. I applaud you,

    March 21, 2008 at 11:16 am |
  15. Steven, Oklahoma

    I think it is interesting how some of the media is covering up the hatred that is more than obvious from Rev. Jeremiah Wright sermons.
    To blame it on Edward Peck, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, is weak.
    Sorry, I am not buying it.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:16 am |
  16. Gerri, ATL

    Thank you Roland for seeking the truth, but there is a segment of our society that still don't want to hear it.

    Most media are still still talking about when Americans have moved on. I guess it's about ratings and being divisive.

    I used to watch Lou Dobbs until he became upset with something Obama said about immigration. I understand Mr. Dobb's passion for immigration and I have the same passion, but Lou is holding a grudge about the comment. I have never heard Lou Dobbs request an apology from anyone else who misconstrued his comments (and there are many). And Lou, like other white journalist, have lived in a shell all their lives and do not understand any experience except their own. I was surprised to hear Lou's disregard for Mr. Obama. Thank you, Lou, for showing who you really are, and rest assured, I will not view your show ever again.

    In watching your commentary, Roland, you are very level-headed and will speak the truth, no matter who it may hurt. I applaud you for being an objective journalist.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:16 am |
  17. Anne

    I don't see how this style of speech helps mankind solve problems. It's sad to watch a Pastor yelling sermons with this type of content. Jesus taught love. Thy will be done. Not our will.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:16 am |
  18. Mike

    Oh please, this man is a hatemonger who continues to divide the country rather than pull it together. He continues to blame the "oppressive white class" and play the victim card.

    The man is a divider, Obama claims to be a "uniter." Well then why did he donate thousands to this man's church? You're telling me in 20 years of having this guy as his "mentor" he didn't know the man's true views.

    This is just another attempt by CNN and the rest of the liberal media to justify hate coming from their side and protect their boy Obama.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:16 am |
  19. Jim Dwiggins in Charlotte

    I don't have a problem with most of what Rev. Wright said, but I do have a problem with his analogy of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as acts of terrorism. These events are taken out of context and have nothing to do with the point he was trying to make.

    At that time, this country was embroiled in a long, drawn out war against facism. We were fighting a war on two fronts and with the win in Europe, America was facing a ruthless enemy who vowed to die before surrender. The kamakazis of that day were the predessors of today's suicide bombers but instead of dying for religious ideology, they were dying for imperialism.

    Then came the development of the hydrogen bomb. After the bombing of Hiroshima, the US demanded the unconditional surrender of Japan, which they stubbornly refused. It was only after we bombed Nagasaki did Japan finally agree to surrender. Had it not been for the development of this weapon of mass destruction, the US would have lost thousands more lives fighting a war in which Japan's defeat was inevitable.

    We didn't merit the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor but our resolve ended one of the bloodiest parts of our country's history, so NO, Rev. Wright, you are wrong to use these events at the end of WWII in an analogy of terrorism.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:16 am |
  20. James

    Hi Roland,

    I've never sent you one of my comments before but felt compelled to do so this time. I really appreciate your efforts to get to the real facts and statements in this controversy. This mess actually brings to light the real level of racism, both covert and overt, that exists in our country. Black americans as a group understand the pain of undercover bigotry better than white americans, in general. The point I want to make is that what Rev. Wright said was RIGHT & WRIGHT. America has killed many innocent people in our "defense" of human rights across the globe. Many people in our country have deeply imbedded racial bias that is so buried in their subconscious psyche that they are not even aware of it. The point is that if a white leader of notoriety had uttered the same words as Rev. Wright, the country would have collectively said- "Wow, he has some great points. Maybe we really need to look at the negative impact our country has had on less powerful countries and move in a more positive direction." But, if a black man says it, watch out. Your efforts to bring out the truth will start the introspection needed in our country.
    Mahalo,
    James

    March 21, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  21. David

    Thanks for the excellent work Roland! I am not at all surprised at what you found it confirmed my intial feeling about the entire non-subject. The only thing I found interesting about this entire episode of media mayhem is that no one ever took the time to apply the simple logic that Obama has continually proven himself to be an intelligent man, so therefore if he knew that this was lurking in the shadows why would he run at all ?? Because he KNEW it shouldnt matter in light of the other issues we face.
    On a personal note I know I would be branded an unpatrotic pinko because as a white middle class man I agreed with the Rev, Wright even OUT of context. We the United States of America find ourselves in the place we do now because in general we live in a state of denial, and hide from the truths that the Rev. Wright presented.
    Case in point? Nilla's comment that race does not matter unless it is made to matter. I would hazard a guess that she has never been with a black or latino friend in a store made to produce double the ID I had to use a credit card ....

    March 21, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  22. David

    thanks for the real picture Roland. I've always enjoyed your commentary and now i know I will continue to. love the parts about declaring war on healthcare, aids, education, etc. and that we found $40 billion to thorw at rebuiling. that's funny. we always whip up all this cash from somewhere in a pinch but it's never there for education, aids, healthcare.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  23. Esther

    Roland,
    This should be featured on CNN perhaps in the "situation room". Many Americans do not utilize computers as often as younger people do. It will help most individuals understand that there was another side to this story.
    Esther
    NJ

    March 21, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  24. Donna F.

    Its just amazing how the media justifys staining a persons life just off of some sound bytes that has not been truely researched. I appreciate you going that extra mile like Barack Obama's race speech to dig into a situation more to expose the big picture. I honestly do not believe that a religious officiant should bring their own polititcal views into church sermons, but examples can be made in correlation to the scriptures. Why? Because are passion begins to come out and once its unleashed then who knows whats going to come out of our mouths.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  25. bernadette

    not only did the Clintons invite Rev Wright to the white house for a prayer breakfast, the reports are that for over thirty years he was not viewed as a fringe preacher. His church does have some white members, they often have white visitors, and the hierarchy of the United Church of Christ is predominately white. Don't you think if his usual sermons were like those few now appearing all over the newscasts others would have noticed all these years? The truth is, Sen Obama spoke the truth – he did not hear those specific sermons personally, when he did learn of them at the beginning of the campaign the Reverend was already in the process of retiring, and he denounced those awful sermons. I am white and I am ashamed of everyone who continues to ignore the facts in favor of this mindless mudslingging. Lets get to the real issues – the economy, war, healthcare – and lets do it as one American people, as Obama suggests.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  26. Tony Mattina

    With reference to Rev. Wright's remarks about (South Africa and) Palestine, I keep wondering why voices like that of Jimmy Carter aren't heard on CNN and other mainstream media. His book _Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid_ describes the situation in the OCCUPIED territories. Someone does have to speak up against oppression, whatever form it takes, and it is the media's responsibility to air the views of those who speak out against it. Do I even bother to ask why we never hear Noam Chomsky's voice on mainstream media? May I refer readers to his book "What we say goes"?
    I appreciate Roland's efforts at putting context aroung the Rev. Wright's remarks. Please do more such.
    Thank you.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  27. Maria Loi

    Good morning Roland Martin!

    You state that you believe in truth and also reporting impartially. I had been following your appearance on CNN. You are never partial when comes to Hillary Clinton.
    You defended your color all the time even if they were wrong!
    It is sad that you dare say you are 100 percent impartial with all your appearances on CNN about Hillary Clinton. Did you ever have a bad word about Obama even if he is lying about his NAFTAGATE?
    I hope you will do the same with John if ever Obama is the nominated and contest John!
    We shall see!
    You know deep in your heart there is no racism against the Black or else you won't be on TV. Sad that you still live in the past and still bear grudges against the innocent white. Can you not forgive and forget! Were you living then, during the darkest period of American history! Where did you get all these sufferings from? Who showed you how to suffer regarding this sad stories of the past?
    Thank you!

    March 21, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  28. Val - Arkansas

    I wish that every reporter, every news outlet, did as you do. I am very impressed that the unbiased truth can be found here..... This is what true reporting is about.

    No political agenda... No spinning of facts... Just the story and its real answers.

    Before reading this, the only news I had heard on it was the reports that LEAD everyone to believe it is all fact.

    I am impressed.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  29. Bryan

    You are unbelievable in trying to justify his statements. I will be curious to see how you try to justify Wright's unjustifiable relationship with Farakan.

    Here are a couple more of Wright's quotes for you to give a "fully story" on.

    "The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color"

    "The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."

    March 21, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  30. Jo-Ann

    Have any of you ever see Roland? He's black and he supports blacks no matter what they do; right or wrong he comes up with excuses for them. That's all I've seen throughout this whole campaign is the blacks supporting the blacks.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  31. macblaze

    Roland please...spare me...well since you are on the explaining committee u have alot of work to do about the other sound bites. It is too many red flags about Obama and these flags are not popping up for nothing. I believe the American people are smarter than that and they can see thru this. Although there may be dislikes toward Hillary she still loves America and in my eyes she is the best candidate for all Americans..

    March 21, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  32. Persio

    CNN you used to be my favorite news channel since day one, but i am beginning to spend more time watching other channels since i feel you are bias. You should report the news and that's it not push something down our throats.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  33. PETE, FLA.

    It doesn't matter which sermon he said these things in. It just disgusts me that he even said these things in the first place. He is an American, and a religious leader, and he still said "God damn America" in his church in a serious way, and that's just wrong. Members of his church say his sermons are like this all the time, but Obama says he never heard anything like that... BS! Oprah quit that church because of Wright, Obama should have too.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  34. Naldo

    To Cheryl from Upstate, NY, I couldn't agree with you more, the media needs to stop with the repeated sound bites from the rev, and let the whole story be told. Let's not kill the opportunity for this country to for once, have a truly inspirational person lead up....Please

    March 21, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  35. TK

    This opened my eyes. To me, the sermon sounded like it came from a true American. An American who talked about America as his "front yard" but had the decency to talk openly when he sees his country's misdeeds. As Americans, we all need to protest when the country does things that are objectionable.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  36. Patrick

    There are a series of racist comments.....what about the white man inventing HIV to kill blacks??? It's not about one sound byte, there are many. It's a sad day when a man of God stoops to this level and stirs hatred in others instead of love.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  37. Ken, LA

    Outrageous damage control.
    Good luck.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  38. Shannon~ Mo

    Thanks for the digging into the story. I'm glad to see that you have presented the other side of the story. Too bad others can't see pass this issue. Just wish that those who continue talk about what the pastor preached about would put their passion and efforts towards issue that matter like the economy and getting our troops home.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  39. Larry Zabriskie

    I am sitting here in tears. I am so angry that CNN joined in witch hunt on Jeremiah Wright, and in the process damaged Barack Obama's campaign.

    But I am extremely thankful to Roland for providing this context.

    CNN ought to be ashamed, along with Fox and MsNBC for manipulating the American people by dispersing decontextualized information.

    I hope Anderson Cooper and others will really consider the kind of impact they are having on regular people's lives,

    CNN has a lot to repent for.

    Undo the damage you've done CNN.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:12 am |
  40. walt howard

    This justification of national hatred and racism makes me want to puke. If a white man had made the same statements and said the words "black people" like it was a cursed word. The world would be turned upside down. Their is a double standard in this country. Slavery was abolished a long time ago, and let me say thousands of "White people" died to bring about its end. I love my country and have traveled abroad. No where in this world do people both black and white have it better. Blacks can spew hatred for whites and no one seems to care, but let a white person even disagree with a black person and he is racist. I am against hatred from any venue and want more than anything to see my people, the american people come together as a whole and be united in the common goal to live by the golden rule, to do unto others as youd have done to you.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:12 am |
  41. Jan

    Why are you the ONLY journalist who did the research before ruining an accomplished and passionate reverand who has served his community so Godly? Why can no one else make the commitment to provide all the facts rather than chosen ones. To me, you are the only journalist (along with David Gergen and last night, Carl Bernstein)
    who have shown true objectivity and yes, intelligence.

    I emailed last week to thank you for your professional journalism.
    I thank you today again as a fantastic journalist but even more so as a principaled man and patriot.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:12 am |
  42. Joseph

    You are trying to justify your hate to Obama and look support for Hilary, even though you know she is not honest and is making dirt politics triying to twist the American future. We young people don't trust you anymore , you are part of the past which makes this nation to be hated all over the world. All the press paid by corporations to support their interest are so evident which make us sick.
    Obama by far is the only honest and best prepared to asume the destiny of our nation , go and watch tje Tucker show , you will be pleased with the yellow reporters.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:11 am |
  43. Maya in Los Angeles

    Mike Bowers hit on the head. Context is what differentiates nonsense from truth. Whether you agree with the sermon's message or not, everyone deserves the truth. Shame on the media.

    As an aside, if you do not think violence begets violence, then you are mistaken.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:11 am |
  44. Bruce

    HATE! HATE! HATE! THERE – that's the REST of the story! And you're ALL KIDDING yourselves if you think any different!

    March 21, 2008 at 11:11 am |
  45. Andrew

    Thank you for giving the context of the message the Clinton controlled media machine has been trying to deny us. People need to judge Obama on HIS words not his cousin, his uncle, his sister, his nephew or whoever. People are just looking for an excuse to be rasict. Let's move on America.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:11 am |
  46. Eric from Colorado

    I find it note worthy to mention that similiar remarks have been made by other individuals. One such person was a scholar and professor at the University of Colorado. Now because of his parallel comments regarding 9/11 he faced a 18 to 24 month trial by his peers and the media and finally fired from the University of Colorado even though he had tenure. I see no where in the news of any type of ramifications or protests being leveled at Mr. Wright and I have to wonder if there is not a double standard here and we simply don't want to address it.

    March 21, 2008 at 11:11 am |
  47. Terry from NJ

    Reverse racism at it's most obvious or total ignorance in regards to Wright's "speeches"? I'm thinking a combination of the two. I'm so voting for Clinton...

    March 21, 2008 at 11:11 am |
  48. Fraser from North Potomac, MD

    Mr. Martin,

    Thank you for providing the context of the sermon. Other CNN contributors such as Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer and Campbell should have bothered to do the same thing instead of engaging in tabloid journalism and merely milking the story for everything they could get. Their bias against Sen. Obama has been obvious and threatens to undermine their credibility with viewers. Unfortunately, most of the media only has been interested in the inflammatory aspects of the sermon. Viewers like myself are responsible as well, because I never bothered to listen to the entire sermon either. It's interesting that Wright was quoting someone from the Reagan administration. I wonder if FOX News and all the other right-wingers will post that...

    March 21, 2008 at 11:10 am |
  49. nana duodu

    'The point that I have always made as a journalist is that our job is to seek the truth, and not the partial truth.'

    going by your own words, will you find the truth about the Clintons & Peter Paul? how come you Anderson,Roland or the MSM is not talking about this though you claim to be 1st in news. where is the truth in this? it's all over Youtube. all you guys do is go on and on about Wright,Ferraro,Cunningham,etc. Are these preachers and politicians the ones we are trying to choose as POTUS? i believe vetting the candidates and their 'alleged frauds' shouldn't be only about Rezko and lobbyists. please go to Youtube for starters and then contact the California Judicial system.Man up to your standards,MSM

    March 21, 2008 at 11:10 am |
  50. ade alabi

    God bless u roland. i mean the Almighty God bless u for unravelling the truth. when u know the truth , definitely it will set u free. u have shown that manipulating the words of a servant of God will ultimately be exposed for what it is .it is written – i will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail. goes to show also the credentials of the press and the IQ of the american audience. must it always be about ratings. people like limbaugh and hannity needs to travel outside america and see the damage that has been wrought on the credibility of this country. and can someone tell me the definition of patriotism?

    March 21, 2008 at 11:10 am |
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