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April 28th, 2008
04:40 PM ET

The rolling Wright controversy: shine a light or blot one out?

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Barclay Palmer
360° Senior Producer

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright spoke again today, this time at the National Press Club. He said recent criticism of him has really been an attack on the black church. He didn’t specify which.

Wright said the theology of the black church is a “theology of liberation; it is a theology of transformation and it is ultimately a theology of reconciliation.”

Despite its long history, he said the black religious tradition is in ways, “invisible to the dominant culture.”

“Being different does not mean one is deficient. It simply means one is different, like snowflakes,” Wright said, echoing comments he made last night to nearly 10,000 at an NAACP dinner in Detroit. Reconciliation means “we embrace our individual, rich histories.”

Thoughtful comments, certainly, despite the flurry over his relationship with Barack Obama.

But they do raise a question or three.

Why, after months of remaining silent, is Rev. Wright speaking like this now, just as Senator Obama has been trying to put the issue of his relationship with Rev. Wright behind him?

What are Rev. Wright’s feelings about Obama and his campaign for the presidency if he’s speaking this way at this moment, while Obama struggles to reach working class voters in upcoming primary states and, by the way, to maintain the appearance of inevitability he had wrested from Hillary Clinton? Remember that Obama recently, gently, distanced himself from Wright.

And, perhaps more important, where will this go?

Will Wright continue to distract Obama’s campaign, even as the reverend raises important issues? Will he inspire Americans to think through his ideas?

Or will his ideas, Obama’s, Clinton’s and John McCain’s all be obscured by the theater of controversy?

 

soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Jim B.

    Once again, religion serves chiefly to divide us in our great nation. Rev. Wright is no different that the Hagees, Robertsons, and Falwells of the religious right in that he prospers and keeps his position by generating and perpetrating divisions. Really, Wright has a big stake in Obama losing. I believe he is deliberately attempting to sabotage Obama's campaing so that he may use an Obama loss as fresh "evidence" that this country is as racist or evil as he thinks it is. Of course, he'll happily continue to divide people without offering viable solutions to any of our many problems. If Obama wins, in the tradition of the falsely religious, Wright will somehow twist it and claim God has answered his prayers. Never trust a preacher who preaches hate, period.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:46 am |
  2. Michael

    For all the people who are offended by what Rev. Wright said about why 9/11 happened, it is obvious you have no knowledge of poly-sci. While his comments may have been a bit tactless, it doesn't mean they are any less true. The fact of the matter is, the reason why so many people around the world resent Americans is because we start wars, support wars and coupes, and in general, tell other people how they should live their lives. If you do not beleive me, read about what the US's involvement has been in the Middle East, Central America, and South Asia in the past 50 years. So it is no surprise to those who understand this resentment why people would hate America to the point of attacking us. Does this mean I support what happend on 9/11, absolutely NOT! The fact is I am an educated, white, American, who loves my country, but not all the things we as Americans do throughout the world. I am surprised that for as savvy CNN claims to be, that this fact would not have been pointed out much sooner.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:42 am |
  3. Romy

    CNN, if you continue running Rev Wright you should also report about the Hillary vs, Peter Paul fraud trial in Los Angeles ... just to make it fair.

    Romy LA

    April 29, 2008 at 1:36 am |
  4. Emmanuel

    Just like no one ever thought that a day will ever come when either a woman or an African American will be running for President in this country, God is trying to get the attention of this nation back to Himself, but as usual no one is paying attention. People will go to the polls to elect a President forthis country in November. By June 3, these Primaries will come to an end and a Democratic Candidate will emerge. Believe it or not God's candidate for the Dem. Party will be known soon. If that candidate is Obama, nothing Rev Wright said can change that. If that candidate is Hilary Clinton, no amount of money Obama spends to do his campaign can change that. Pennsylvania has proved that. God will choose His candidate in spite of all these things that are happening
    My concern is more in the fact that most Americans have innoculated themselves and their consciences againt the Truth. We fight off conviction by labelling it inflammatory, hateful and bigottry. Have we paused for a little while to consider what implications lie behinfd the possibility that Rev Wright may be speaking the Truth (God's Truth) to this nation regardless of how he sounds in our ears right now? WHAT IF HE IS SPEAKING THE TRUTH FEARLESSLY? ARE WE PREPARED FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF IGNORING THIS LEVEL OF TRUTH? WE BETTER BE CAREFUL.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:33 am |
  5. Julie

    I do NOT care why Rev. Wright is talking now. I CARE that he's bringing attention to race and our shameful history. He's smarter than most of us including the CNN staff and editors. If people listen to this man they will learn and for me his association with Obama is an "asset". Obama doesn't "judge" others the way you all do. He is the "true" Christian. The emperor wears no clothes and you are all proof of that. I am really tired of CNN telling ME how to think and what eveything said means. I hope I'm smarter than to listen to this drivel and would hope the American public would agree. You and the other news channels are the problem.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:22 am |
  6. MARIE

    vOTE OBAMA.....
    REV. WRIGHT HAS NO INFLUENCE ON OBAMA...........THE TRUTH HURTS. THE MAN IS TELLING THE TRUTH.
    The Media love negative behavior.....I hear from the news that if you speak up, speak the truth you are aggressive, hateful or arrogant.
    If you know, what you know no one can take your education. Don't be scare or color blinded. No one is saying how the clinton's went to Rev to help save their marriage. No is is say how Hiliary use to be in McClain's party. Leave Obama alone!!!!
    What church do Clinton and McClain attend.
    The Pastor is not the issue.
    We need jobs, homes, food we need someone who work from the bottom up to help American. We are in trouble, we need someone in office who understands what it feels like to struggle.
    Obama has what it takes to be President, He will not turn his back on the American people

    April 29, 2008 at 1:09 am |
  7. Katherine

    Dear Mr. Cooper – The media and news commentators need to stop searching for negative information on Obama. Like Rev. Wright, how many ministers and religious organizations have supported and help elect other presidental canadiates over the years. No one said anything when Black churches supported Hillary (one visit out of a life time) or when churches supported Bush. What is the difference when Rev. Wright says he is the first Black Minnister to help elect a Black President? Is he too bold and truthful? I hope the American people do not vote blindly and fearfully. That;s how we ended up with Bush and the mess we are in now. Fear made us believe Bush's lies. Bush's presidency was for BUSH and his family only, not the American people.

    April 29, 2008 at 12:53 am |
  8. Lew

    I have listened to many of Rev. Wright's sermons, I have watched the recent Bill Moyers interview, the NAACP speech, and even the Press Club speech – I find myself agreeing with most of what the Rev. says – maybe not how he says it, but the content is true once you get beyond the controversial-sounding delivery. Unfortunately, I think most people make the judgement after a few seconds of sound bytes and as such are under-informed. This is a free country, the Rev. is allowed to say what he wants, and frankly, I (as a white middle-aged suburban voter) can see where he's coming from. I don't see what all the hubbub is about. We've all got so many other important issues to deal with – most notably, climate change (permanent, critical) and energy independence (also critical), not to mention everything else – why are we focusing so much on the Reverend? Let's focus on Obama – who is striving to stay above the fray, for which I respect him greatly. Let's also focus on Clinton and McCain, who are taking opportunistic political potshots using this trivia as ammunition and should be roundly criticized for doing so.

    April 29, 2008 at 12:48 am |
  9. JC

    Anderson,
    You're entire panel has changed wagons on the Wright issue and are seriously out of touch I'm a white middle class Demacrat and I do not see anything radical at all when considering the entire context. In reference to the "chickens coming home to roost" and other comments do not seem that far from the truth. Has everyone forgotten the facts surrounding the onset of insurgent camps in Afghanistan and the funding from the US? This entire issue is being taken out of context.
    Frankly, I was impressed with Wrights speech at the NAACP.

    April 29, 2008 at 12:45 am |
  10. Carmen McKines

    I agree with Jacqueline of NY. Why is the media choosing to cover Reverend Wright and his every move?? It seems to me that the manner in which the media chooses to select what gets covered and how it is reported can cause irreparable damage to anybody's campaign. In this case it happens to be Senator Obama. How many times must Obama disassociate himself from his former pastor before it's enough? How often must he defend, explain, show America who he is before America believes that he is who he says he is? Why is it more important for others to define who he is than he has the right to define himself and demonstrate he is the person he says he is? People thought they knew our current president, and look how things have turned out under his leadership!

    I don't believe that America is ready for a black president. Too much old baggage still clutters our minds and hearts.

    April 29, 2008 at 12:43 am |
  11. Mike

    I do not understand how people can judge Rev. Jeremiah Wright based on 5 second clips of him on the news. I mean if it enrages you that much wouldn't you want to see the entire sermon that was given. I mean at first the words "God Damn America" startled me too, but I wanted to hear what he said in full context so I looked it up (not real hard to do). What I found explained all the comments to my delight. The Reverend is a charitable and inspiring man, it could do this world some good to gain some of his knowledge.

    April 29, 2008 at 12:42 am |
  12. Sandra

    One other comment I would like to make. B.Obama is one of the finest gift we could ever have before us for such a time as this. Regardless, if he wins or not. I sure as all get out would never vote for $Hill and Bill> I would rather take my chances with the old man at least he will eventually kick the bucket before completing the term. I am certain that the feelings are mutual among other young voters.

    April 29, 2008 at 12:33 am |
  13. hess

    while it is true some of rev. Wright's comments are offensive to a lot of people, it is also true there is double standard on how the media covers this story and i believe race has a lot to do with it. Remember the comments about catholicism being the great whore or hurricane katrina being a damnation by God due to homosexuality. These comments are equally offensive. However, such comments do not get much attention or traction in the news. Maybe this is true due to the fact these statements were uttered by a white religious leader who endorsed a white presidential candidate. We need to look ourselves in the mirror and admit even to ourselves, we will find whatever reason to sink a non white candidate for the presidency.

    April 29, 2008 at 12:29 am |
  14. terri ky

    heather u apparently did not see headline news today that did an investigation of rev wrights message pertaining to hiv being given to gays and africans. yes, their is truth to his words and it came out today. it was said that a vaccine for a disease of some type was given to people in africa mixed with hiv virus issued by the govt. some how it was covered up, and a doctor(a white man) wrote a book about it and said today on tv that he was glad that rev wright had the nerves to bring it to light. you have to much faith in our govt. go to headline news. com and see if it is referenced. they covered alot of materiakl today. it would benefit you and others to enlighten yourself with knowledge instead of hate. obama 08

    April 29, 2008 at 12:28 am |
  15. Duncan

    One more comment. Why do many, not all, White people act as if what one Black person says or does then all Blacks must agree with it and be a part of whatever message that was relayed? They just don't get it, that Black people have as many varying ideas as White people. I would not blame every White person for what bush and Cheney do, so pleaease stop putting that burden on Obama to be accountable for what Rev. Wright says or does.

    April 29, 2008 at 12:23 am |
  16. Susan O'Bryan

    I am going to leave one more comment. I am so proud that Barack Obama has taken the stand he has in the world for America is getting educated and having a chance to rise above – they (America) can no longer stand on their superiority in this world – and if you turn him down (BOMAMA) with your criticisms and comments he will not survive because you are a country of polls??? I am from Canada and do not understand why you are not discussing the Clinton years instead of discussing someone's minister??? (it seems only yesterday that Bill Clinton was up for impeachement and yet this is a non issue compared to the plight of Afro Americans). There is something wrong with the whole picture??? You are looking for strength in the wrong places because you would rather spend your time criticing Barack Obama (and his pastor) rather than looking inside yourselves. Strength is with people who don't react to every little thing while looking at the big picture and having the courage to rise above ??? I hope American learns alot of humility from the lessons and humility they are being given. Very sincerely, Susan, Vancouver, B.C. Canada (again)

    April 29, 2008 at 12:09 am |
  17. Michael J Brewster Jr

    Its unfortunate that Barack Obama is being villafied because of another Black man's comment. The fact that all the political experts keep saying that these comments are hurting him, is to me making the case that as far as race relations in the USA are concerned we have a long way to go. This is truly about race because everyone keeps saying how this is going to play to the white voters in rural areas. I think we get away from Reverend Wright's message as a preacher which is truly about changing the way we respond to people, being understanding of others differences and being treated fairly. As he said our country has been on the wrong end of policies set forth by white men that have put us in some bad positions that were and are not good for us. If its not about race why wouldn't the same people that voted for Hillary not vote for Obama if he is the nominee for the Democrat party.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:48 pm |
  18. just thinking

    Rev. Wright is becoming extremely perplexing. He was perfect in the Bill Moyers interview. The NAACP speech was great for that audience. Today he seemed to forget who his audience was and was too flip and "streetwise - the dozens"! He smiled, but you could see he was clearly angry at times. He should have fallen back into the same vernacular and demeanor he had with Moyers. Blacks understand Wright, but many Whites are very uncomfortable with that type of behavior/speech and it's a perfect excuse to vote for someone else. His relationship with Obama must be complex and somewhat reminiscent of Bill and Hillary –he's made remarks at times where you wonde if he really wants her to win or not. I don't know if Wright's motive is ego, jealously, or he's just too focused on himself. It would be too ironic if Black pastor ends up destroying the possibility of the first Black president.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:48 pm |
  19. JustMyObservation

    In my most humble opinion, it appears as though Rev. Wright and the Michigan branch of the NAACP are on Hillary Clinton’s side. They are out to make Obama look bad, and they are doing a really good job.

    They want Hillary to win.

    They need Hillary to win.

    They loved the Clinton years.

    So, Rev. Wright, the Michigan branch of the NAACP, and most people of Michigan want Hillary to win. So watch this, as May 6 approaches, Rev Wright’s comments and appearances will intensify. Obama will look bad, voters to loose trust, and Hillary will come out smelling like roses.

    In addition, Rev Wright is making all of the church leaders and preachers of all RACES look really, really bad. Now that’s sad!!!!

    btw…REV. WRIGHT DOES NOT REPRESENT THE BLACK CHURCH.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:48 pm |
  20. BRT

    The thirty pieces of silver have been passed to Rev. Wright and he has accepted. This man is not a friend of Obama or anyone else.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:40 pm |
  21. Frank, Vancouver

    Rev Wright states that we have to see people different and not deficient but seems not to realize that when his messages are consistently perceived in a way that he does not intend, he should be attempting to communicate more effectively instead of labeling the masses outside the black community who seems to misunderstand. His excentric rationalization that these masses are simply ingnorant, is probably where Obama obtained his equally elitest tones!

    frank

    April 28, 2008 at 11:40 pm |
  22. Sarah

    Why is it anti american to suggest that US foreign policy was a factor in 911? I have a job that has allowed me to live all over the world. The US has had a reputation as a bully for years and certainly before 911. Observing that the manner in which the US has conducted itself internationally led to the attack does not mean that the victims deserved it, or that terrorists aren't evil.
    When Rev.Wright suggested that the US government engaged in terrorism.........the US has been responsible for hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths , some people view that as terrorism.

    The biggest problem this country faces is that the meaning of patriotism has been so twisted that it has stunted the ability for us to view our governments actions objectively and improving things. I take offense when people suggest that saying anything critical about our government is unpatriotic. I love my country but I don't pretend that we haven't or don't make mistakes. The US government has never apologized for anything, not slavery, not hiroshima, nothing. No person is perfect and certainly no government......this single mindedness and arrogance is what breeds anti-american sentiment all over the world.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:40 pm |
  23. deborah

    Who invited Rev Wright to the National Press Club in Washington DC. Follow that thread backwards. We may be susprised who we find back there.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:39 pm |
  24. Jim Maciejewski

    Rev. Wright is doing more to polarize the races in this country than any poltician. Whether Obama supporters believe it or not, Wright is severely hurting his chances to be elected. Wright is a race-baiter. Listen to his recent speeches and count how many times he mocks and mimics white people. If a white pastor politician or media person mimiced the speech, mannerisms, or culture of African-Americans in such a flagrant and public manner the way Wright has done to white people, they would be immediately viilified and ruined as Dom Imus was. Yet, Wright gets away with it and thinks he is being "cool" and funny. I am sick of this double standard and, believe me, it does not play well with most white people. I think this will be reflected on May 6th in Indiana and in the general election in November.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:39 pm |
  25. AB

    I hate the fact that the media is giving this so much time when we have real pressing issues, high gas prices, health care, homeless people.I mean really they take something negative and drill it until they can't drill it any more and then some. How about instead focucing on Rev Wright we try to get this country back on track so that people can live a descent life. It is like the media is trying to damage Baracks campaign by continuing to link him with Rev Wright. and not one time have I heard them talk or report on the 100+ ministries that Trinity United has and how they help people. I feel that Rev Wright said some things that although true could have been said in a better way, but the man is human and he is very passionate about certain issues and for anyone to say that they have sat in church and agreed with everything the pastor said is a lie. You can not take a couple of mis spoken comments and make them bigger than the issue that face all of us and that is getting back to a respectable standard of living, helping each other and abolishing the hatred. Everybody is so quick to comment on Rev Wright and say that he is this and that but if you read some of the comments many are not far from him and it is this type of foolishness that will tare this country apart. We all are here regardless of how you got here the fact remains you are here so we need to unite as a people not democrat,republican but people and try to make this a better place for us all. If the media stop giving into the negative and focus more on the positive we might just figure this thing out.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  26. rosey

    Wright is not runnning for president!
    Hillary is ready to nuke Iran. She is more of a Rep. then McCain. She will not get us out of Iraq. The Iraq base is to important to her middle east unbrella!
    She has lied all of her life and has become a pathological liar.
    The country can not survive more of the Clinton scandals.
    Enough with hours of coverage on rants of a non candicate. Lets truely vet the Clintons and their selling of America!

    April 28, 2008 at 11:36 pm |
  27. Monica Anderson

    I wish that the media would stop trying to pin two of our powerful Black men against each other. Rev. Wright is and will always be a part of Obama's life. Trying to wedge a split between this man and his family paster, is like seperating Jesus from the church. Why should Obama distance his self from his church and his past. Whats next should he denounce his african american side of his life. Did Hilary distance herself from her cheating, and still lying husband. If we are going to get personal and go into one's life. Let deal with the Clintons, they still hold more baggage. I hope that Obama stand strong with his church. Don't let the media turn you into Judas.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:35 pm |
  28. Kari Ward Karr, Ph.D, J.D.

    As a Hillary supporter, I find the Reverend Wrong's explosion over Obama's campaign to be self-serving, selfish, completely inconsistent with the humility to be expected from an actual follower of Jesus, and entirely explained by anger that Obama did not support his racist ramblings sufficiently to assuage his ire. As an African American, he has dealt the severest blow to Obama's hopes and the hopes of many Americans that we have the ability to elect an African American to the presidency. Wrong is apparently deliberately harming Obama, as clear a demonstration as possible that race does not equal shared interests. I hope that Senator Obama distances himself further trom this self-styled man of God, just as David Gergen recommended. As a Jew, I'd appreciate his repudiating Wrong's comments about Israel as a terrorist nation. Kari Ward Karr

    April 28, 2008 at 11:35 pm |
  29. Dominic

    This is a media/politically motivated mess! Plain and simple. I have listen to Rev Wright's statements and I have listened to the candidates and media. And none of them are focusing at all on the issue at hand.

    The snippets that were initially aired on Youtube, were the words of a Man of God, speaking in the frame of God judging America for its misdeeds over the course of time. If you are remotely familiar with Christian theology, this isn't something that can totally be disputed. Those who criticize Wright, do so out of total ignorance. Wrapping themselves in the flag out of convenience. When in all actuality Rev Wright has said nothing out of order. Yes, he used the words,"God damn America". But, in the context of what he was saying and had stated prior to that, I totally understood his point.

    Now, as for Rev Wright himself, watching the news this afternoon(04.28.08) I could not help but believe that the good reverend is conducting himself in a self serving manner. With the full knowledge of the fact that he IS having an impact on the candidacy of Obama, Wright continues to thrust himself in the limelight. If Wright was purely concerned with the Gossip and its furtherance, he would lay low until Nov 5th. Putting himself in a position of not becoming the story of the Presidential race.

    So you will know about me, I am a forty-one year old, African-American male, who is a Christian and has served proudly in the US Marine Corps.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:33 pm |
  30. Susan O'Bryan

    American is very blind and all the presidential candidates are into it??? Why don't people wake up?? The media has enjoyed four days of Reverend Wriight and managed to denegrate perhaps the best candidate for president (Barack obama) you ever had??? But go ahead destroy your future president..... the trouble is you are the loosers because you are blaming one man for being responsible for another.... surely America can not blame Barack Obama for being responsible for the words of his pastor ?? Think about it – do you blame Hilliary Clinton for what her husband has said and done in his life??? Susan O'Bryan, Vancouver, B.C.,Canada

    April 28, 2008 at 11:33 pm |
  31. VANESSA

    How dare these commentors ask this man to denounce his pastor and his religion for the sake of an election? Is there nothing sacre in this country?

    April 28, 2008 at 11:33 pm |
  32. Alton Rogers

    Obama is running for president – not Reverend Wright.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  33. Kimberly

    Honest to God, I love the Reverend Wright, his words are true and he speaks truth to power. I hate the David Gergens, the lily white pundits who spin this to their own ignorant racist views. The black community needs to come together to support Wright. The liberal white community needs to come together to support the black community!! We could overrun the MSM who continues to spin this in some way to try and bring one of his 8,000 members down!! It's sickening. The full NAACP speech, the full Press Club event was fine.

    "How many years did Cheney serve?"

    "Different, not deficient!"

    April 28, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  34. Ken

    I was sucked in on the negative sound bites of recent weeks and awoke last night to the reality that society today listens to words, not meaning. It's time everyone woke up and seek to ignore the words and listen to the message. This indeed is the greatest ill in society today. Learn to understand the message and what is attempting to be communicated, instead of trying to disect the words. Mr. Wright is impassioned and I solute him. I do wish he had controlled himself in the National Press club Q&A, but he is only human and let the attention get the best of him. But his core is genuine and sincere. I became a supporter and am sickened by the media continuous analysis of words, instead of listening and sharing the messag - different is not deficient - and Mr. Wright was dead-on right, in his message that people look at things only their own way. Stand in his shoes and try to understand his message. Whether you agree or not, just by trying, we will have a better world. It's not about Obama; its about our society. By the way, I switch my support to Obama, in hopes that he understands some of the message.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  35. amy

    This is a non issue. Shame on CNN and the other MSM. I will not watch your show any more.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  36. MavTx

    All of this hoopla about Rev. Wright is reminiscint of media whipping some listeners into a frenzy 40 years ago. Thanks to the Republicans and Clintons for feeping up the frenzy, they may be creating a force more outspoken and descriptive than King ever was, Wright does speak more languages and has more degrees.

    An excerpt from a 1968 article:
    “If ever there were a transcendent Negro symbol, it was Martin Luther King. Bridging the void between black despair and white unconcern, he spoke so powerfully of and from the wretchedness of the Negro’s condition that he became the moral guidon of civil rights not only to Americans but also to the world beyond. If not the actual catalyst, he was the legitimizer of progress toward racial equality. His role and reputation may have been thrust upon him, but King was amply prepared for the thrust.” From Transcendent Symbol Apr. 12, 1968

    April 28, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  37. Eileen,Canada

    Rev. Wright is a hate monger. I can't believe that Obama was in that church for 20 years and not have been influenced by Rev. Wright.

    I listened to the whole sermons which included the sound bytes and YES he is racist and I believe Obama is too. Obama's bitter-gate comments, his wifes comments...its all coming down Obama...he should step down!!. Obama's associations with such controversial people does not make him a viable presidential candidate...do the "Wright" thing Obama and step down!!!

    April 28, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  38. Jim

    The funny thing is that, while I shared the general public's initial distaste for Rev. Wright's cherry-picked soundbites, I think I'm actually getting to like him! As a couple of people have already noted here, it helps to listen to what he's saying as an individual rather than focusing merely upon the political implications. In any event, I certainly like him a heckuva lot better than that sanctimonious, self-aggrandizing and hypocritical Al Sharpton who I see as a spokesperson only for his own overinflated ego. It's a shame that all this is seen only through the prism of partisan politics. It could have made for a much for enlightening national discussion otherwise.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  39. Audni Miller

    Please tell me why it is considered by some, even David Gergen, to be unpatriotic for an American to acknowledge the terror we have wreaked on other countries? Why unpatriotic to acknowledge and even to express remorse for killing human beings in other countries?
    Surely, David Gergen does not support American denial regarding the damage we have done abroad?

    Patriotically, honestly, and a believer in liberation theology,
    Audni Miller

    April 28, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  40. Tom

    I am very concerned about this country if the view that many of you are expressing is a large and growing point of view. It's true, I have only seen the so called snipits of Rev. Wright sermons that most of us have seen, but I did watch his entire speech as well as the Q&A segment today and I saw an arrogant, self promoting show boat to put it mildly. The reason Rev. Wright is being looked at so much these days is because Barack Obama, the man that wants to be the next President of the United States has called Rev. Wright his spiritual leader, his mentor , appointed Rev. Wright to an advisory position in his campaign and that Rev. Wright is like an uncle to him. This is not a man Obama see's on ocassion, this is a man Obama knows very well and for Obama to say he wasn't there when the GD America speech was made is an assault on our intelligence. Some of you don't seem to understand that this issue is not about Rev. Wright, it's about Obama's ability or lack of ability to pick up on the fact that this man is a racist, a divider and has a worped world view and this after kowing him as a friend and mentor for 20 years.

    This issue also brings Obama's leadership abilities into question as well as the question, if Obama can not stand up to this self serving racist, how can he stand up to our enemies that would love to bury America. Wake up America, this is not a positive direction for America.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  41. Sean T

    Until Obahma completely condemns Wright white America will never accept him completely. If he does not say Wright is WRONG people will always wonder if Obahma may think he actually agrees with him. There can be no understanding for some comments, there must be a clear view of principles, what is called leadership.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:05 pm |
  42. nscanada

    What is it with everyone getting all upset for about this man i beleive America has a thing called freedom of speech, just like poeple have the right to burn the flag. Does thee media cover that much NO!!!!. Am a white man that supports Hillary and this whole thing over race etc is silly Obma is his own man let him alone he shouldn't have to aploizes for another actions let aloneexplain his views and believes i think he makes them clear enough he is a good man just like the Rev. Wright this all should just stop

    April 28, 2008 at 11:03 pm |
  43. Arleen

    Who is perpetuating this whole "scare"  with Rev. Wright but Anderson Cooper, Campbell Brown and the rest who keep beating this dead horse.  Did you cover the Hillary imaginary sniper episode this closely?  Does that make her a liar?   As for Rev. Wright, he articulated what I was thinking on 9/11.  The next day I said the same thing about what goes around, comes around.  I would not wave a flag for an America that has terrorized my people for hundreds of years. Yet these same people have stood first in line when defending of this country was needed.  Wake up, my immigrant neighbors, you founded this country on terrorism!  My people still suffer the effects of this terrorism but no one is taught to be a critical thinker because you will be labeled anti-American. 

    Mr. Cooper, I would respect your journalistic abilities more if you would quit trying to become a televised version of The National Enquirer.  Get back to New Orleans and do some real reporting, this is not your forte.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:03 pm |
  44. Joshua

    Furthermore on Africans coming over on boats. Does he realize that if it weren't for his own ancestors tribal councils selling African criminals into slavery, he wouldn't have the luxury of being such an inadvertent bombastic mouthpeice.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  45. monica/alabama

    patchura piquera, if you knew anything about African American history, you would know that blacks have been torn apart since slavery... It took decades for our white predecessors to do it and is going to take many more for us to fix it. Many black people do not agree with Rev. Wrights comments because they do not know their own history...

    April 28, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  46. Celina Bean

    I do believe that the media is part of the problem. They need sensational things so bad to boost their ratings, they have made Jeremiah Wright bigger than life. All day long, the media was on everything that Jeremiah Wright said. If the media would leave this man alone, things would calm down, but the media keeps chasing him and I'm sure that for each interview that he has done in the last 4-5 days, the media made the initial contact with Wright and all in the name of boosting their ratings.

    It is a sad day that Obama will not be judged on his own merits, but by the words of someone else. The people that will not vote for Obama because of Jeremiah Wright would never have voted for him anyway and will use this an excuse. But then, I think that is sad, because this means that the improtant act of voting becomes minimized by something that Obama had no control over.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  47. carmon

    I am so disappointed by the time Obama was to speak ur station as well as others did not cover it but rather talked about everything else wow after all that youre still bias cnn that is...

    April 28, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  48. patchura piquera

    The Black community is not a unified community and you will not get the same feedback in reference to the question of the Rev Wright comments.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  49. monica/alabama

    The problem with America is that, instead of confronting the problems that occur in this "GREAT NATION," we sweep it under the rug and ignor it as if it does't exist. Rev. Wright is just being couragous and speeking up about the many problems that plague our nation. I wish people will stop attacking the reverend and and start listening so that we can be aware and figure out how we are going to solve these problems as a nation. Although, I do beleive the pastor should express more humility...

    April 28, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  50. Pip

    Rev. Wright , I read, is a smart man...-you bet! he's smart enough to grab this 15 minutes of fame and turn it into a career. And if Senator Obama wins or looses ...is not Rev. Wright's concern. Either way the Rev. has gained his place as a national leader in Black America. He will never be given credit for Obama's win , and will never be seen by the Black community as the reason why he lost. = Rev. Wright is a very smart man . oh ...1 question...these boats that " some of US came over on," could the good Rev. let us know which one he was on when he came to the United States.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
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