April 29th, 2008
09:26 PM ET

How Wright won – and lost – in 72 hours

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Roland S. Martin, CNN Contributor
360° Contributor and Radio Host

"Why don't Rev. Jeremiah Wright just sit down and be quiet? Don't he know he's hurting Sen. Barack Obama?"

If I had a nickle for every time someone has asked, emailed or texted me that in the last three days, I could retire.

And trust me, I get it.

Wright has had a negative impact on Obama's presidential aspirations because of the constant playing of snippets of his sermons. And many believe that his interview with Bill Moyers on PBS; his speech at the Detroit NAACP; and the appearance at the National Press Club on Monday morning is all about him.

Yes, that is all true.

But what would you do? If your 36 years in ministry was degraded, would you go and hide?

If right wing radio and TV hacks like Sean Hannity, Lars Larson and others called you a bigot and anti-Semitic, and others who don't even realize that you served in the Marines and the Navy for six years castigated you daily as being un-American, would you defend yourself?

Of course you would!

But there is a fine line that you must walk. And depending on how you do could determine how you are viewed and whether the presidential aspirations of Obama are severely damaged.


The interview with Moyers, along with the Detroit NAACP speech, were perfect opportunities for Wright.

He came across as thoughtful, smart, theologically sound, and more importantly – human – than he has in the last month. He has been unfairly portrayed as a raging lunatic, courtesy of the YouTube clips, and that's not him.

It's so much easier in a one-one-one setting to have your views heard.

Even his speech on Sunday was pretty good.

At moments funny and hilarious, Wright shone a light on our differences, and how we need to overcome them.

There is nothing wrong with having different music and worship styles. Its when we try to impose one as being superior or favored over the other. That was an excellent point he made.

I got a lot of emails from folks who said they saw him differently based on this, and that's always a good thing.

Even the morning's papers spoke to his message of change. He got great reviews from a variety of sources.


I never thought appearing before the National Press Club was a good idea. I even told my radio audience a week ago that he should cancel.

One, it's not his element, and with there being questions, you never know which direction they are coming from.

Wright's opening statement was a good one, but it went all downhill from there.

The issue wasn't always just his answers. It was also HOW he answered them. He was too flippant, comfortable, cocky and arrogant in some of his answers. Where he should have expounded, he allowed a quip to simply end a statement. Where he should have been thoughtful, his histrionics and facial expressions led the way.

I'm sure someone will say that style over substance is silly. I concur. But Wright's style was a part of the substance, and he let it get in the way.

The one danger in being a smart ass person is that you come across as a smart ass. Wright was that way Monday.

Finally, he stepped on his own story! The headlines showed that his Sunday speech was well-received. Why let that moment not settle and folks get to savor it?

Now we're left with a different taste in our mouth.

Folks, perceptions matter. How people think of you, regardless of what you say, does matter.

Wright had a moment to rise above the "playing the dozens" statements and the "when they talk about your mama" rants. He could have presented himself as the learned man that he is. But he allowed the silly stuff to cloud his message.

Either his media handlers were incompetent, or he ignored them. That, folks, is a recipe for disaster.

As for Obama? Wright even more dismissed him as a politician, and that's not good. He did his member no favor with his actions, and Obama is going to have to bear down even more so to move beyond Wright.

If you disagree, fine. But Wright had an opportunity to elevate the conversation. His speech Sunday was damn good. But 12 hours later, that was dismissed, and he walked into the lion's den, thought he could tame it, and got mauled.

And with his member slamming him and forcibly pushing him off the front page, Wright has no one else to blame but himself.

soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Ann

    Americans are not stupid people and most realize that Obama has to say whatever to distance himself from Wright's words. If he has been his 'spiritual advisor' for 20 years, are we really suppose to believe in some half-hearted speech that he now doesn't agree with Wright? Please! Let's not forget that his wife made some remark about being proud to be an American for the first time , his remark about the typical white person, his remark about bitter, and on and on and on. All this fits in with what Wright has been saying. All of this in just a short few months, maybe weeks....what else is there? We are talking about the President of the United States! Scary....

    April 29, 2008 at 11:35 pm |
  2. marie

    You cannot go to a church for twenty years, choose to be married there, have your children baptized there and not know the beliefs of the minister. By staying in the church, Obama was saying that he accepted what was being preached. Obama even called this minister his "mentor". We all saw the clips of the congregation laughing at and applauding the outrageous ideas of Wright. Yet, today, Obama called the congregation "good people". This cleartly shows where Obama's head is!!! Indiana and North Carolina, you know what to do!! HILLARY 08!!!!

    April 29, 2008 at 11:35 pm |
  3. Edwina SC

    Rev. Wright's speech on Sunday was a foreshadow of what was to come. I sat in my living room disgusted by the comments that he was thoughtful and funny. He was devisive and ranting beginning that night.
    This was Obama's wake up call. People will betray you, we have enemies who are determined to destroy us and it is time for Obama to take a stand. He is going to have to be tough to lead America from day one.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:35 pm |
  4. Cheryl

    Are we finally ready to get back to the issues of the presidential campaign? As a long time, conservative republican, I found Senator Obama's comments today well thought out and well stated. It demonstrates that he DOESN'T play politics as usual – just what his campaign promised from the start. How about spending the next week, leading up to some very key state votes, to differentiate the two Democratic candidates (and there are some), along with comparisons to the Republican candidate? I would suggest that your audience would welcome this; I know I would.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:33 pm |
  5. Cameron

    Mr Martin,

    I'm sure you are in a difficult position; Rev. Wright speaks highly of you in his public presentations. However, Rev. Wright has done nothing wrong. Freedom's allowed by our constitution should not be condemned by anyone. Senator Obama can defend himself and there is no reason to escalate this situation. Why not focus on the good of Rev. Wright and Obama? CNN was all for 100% coverage of Rev. Wright. Now what?

    April 29, 2008 at 11:31 pm |
  6. Theo

    Reverand Wright didnt suddenly have these views, he has had them for many years, and he has expressed them in his sermons for all that time.
    Obama is not being honest when he claims not to have known the reverand's beliefs before now. Give me a break.
    Obama should have disassociated himself from the reverand when he made his decision to run for the senate. Not wait till now when the stuff hits the fan.
    This is a failure of judgement. He should have known that the reverand's statements would one day become a problem.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:31 pm |
  7. Jonathan Gerard

    Obama is being criticized ad infinitum for waiting "too long" to respond to Jeremiah Wright. He waited one extra day. One strength of Barack Obama is that he waits and carefully measures his response to a crisis or an attack. He always hopes that a situation can be defused rather than escalated. This will serve him well as President. We do not need a hot head in the White House. How nice it will be to have a President who pauses and thinks before speaking and before acting and who then acts appropriately and definitively.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  8. xtina, chicago IL

    Oh please. How can you say because Rev Wright served in military he's untouchable as far as disagreeing with his polit. views.? Also, military men HAVE been known to turn against the administration. You can still be a bigot or anti-Semite if you've served in the military. It's the fact that the person who has this anti-American sentiment is Barack Obama's guide and mentor that is not sitting well with some Americans.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  9. Mike from Syracuse NY

    Just a few days ago you were telling everyone that they needed to listen to the entire GD America sermon, not just the sound bites, because it was out of context. Now, after the National Press meltdown, you seem to be backpedeling big time. Maybe you should try to be more objective as a comentator in the first place.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  10. KD

    It's not credible that Obama has never heard Wright's message of hatred and divisiveness. Why, then, did Obama continue to attend that church for 20 years??? So much for Mr. Obama's "judgment." This isn't change........it's politics as usual.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  11. David

    Well Obama is done, wright has damaged his campaign dramactically and truly dont think he can not recover now. The republican machine will still use this against Obama. Wright will come back and still haunt him..

    April 29, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  12. S. Sease


    Has anyone asked the question ...How did this Rev Wright so called ..."New Conference"....happen?

    Do you know it was iniatied by the Clinton's New Media Team. This is just another example of Bill and Hillary's dirty politics.

    Please investigate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  13. Carol

    At the risk of sounding like a raving-lunatic-conspiracy-theorist – it sure seems fishy to me that Wright decided to do this now.
    Why would he pull this stunt knowing that it would (probably) kill Obama's chances to become the nominee? Why would he try to get in the way of a major step in smoothing race relations in the US? This doesn't make any sense.
    In the last few weeks everyone has been saying Obama was unstoppable – his opponent should drop out. It's been said that the only thing that could save HRC now would be a catastrophe in the Obama campaign. Enter Rev. Wright – creating a catastrophe in the Obama campaign. Coincidence? They say we all have a price. Did someone meet his price?

    April 29, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  14. Tisha Willcutt . Salem, Or.

    Obama has listened to this man, Rev. Wright for some time. he listened to tapes of his sermons when in collage. He spent years at his church. He wrote a book, used his sermon as title. Last year prayed with him before starting his campaign. He said he hadn't heard any of the things Wright spoke of??? But in his speech in Philly, he said he had heard some controversial things in the past. What has he heard????What is the depth of their relationship???? He spoke today because he had to for political reasons.. I also think Ted Kennedy did not like to hear that he can not speak good English. i wonder if he told Obama to get rid of Wright. This Wright business is not over yet. There is too much still out there.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  15. elaine

    After 20 years of a relationship with Rev. Wright, while in the church or as a friend of the Obama family, the influences have played out with Mrs. Obama, as her comment that she is finally proud of America. Where did this idea come from, the pulpit? I feel Obama is trying to distance himself now, since it will affect his chances of becoming the next president.

    Obama is an eloquent speaker. I'm sorry he did not come out and speak on his feelings earlier. I will not vote for Obama in this election.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:13 pm |
  16. ArielAubri

    I can't believe Rev. Wright made a fool of himself. He is truly brilliant, but walked on the opportunity by "clownin" and acting out.

    Had he explained his views in a poised and confident manner, people would have had a better understanding of him.

    He squandered his opportunity by "acting a fool" on stage. You see, we are not talking about how he said we should bond and embrace our differences. That's not being talked about, because of the mockery he made of himself.

    Obama did the right thing today by denouncing him. Thank Godness. Now go sit down Rev. Wright! You've wasted your 15 min.

    I'm appauled!

    April 29, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  17. Annie Kate

    In listening to Obama's remarks today I still can't beileve he had not heard the remarks before. He was there in that church for 20 years – surely this was not a one time event.

    Wright was great on Bill Moyers. He should have stopped there and he would have looked like a voice of reason and a real pastor.
    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    April 29, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  18. solomon atamaya

    Anderson, I am a regular fan of your programme, my comment about mr Left is that the media should not give any coverage for irresponsible pastor as Mr Wright. Some people naturally do not like progress. The media has make him feel the ways things are going now. Please help stop playing stupid images of his words over the air.This guy care only for his self,I wonder how he is a pastor.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:08 pm |
  19. Matt Cude

    All the outrage from Rev Wright about what whites have done to blacks and no mention of the Clintons and the Rwanda Genocide.

    All the hurt feelings, and speeches, from Obama about Wright and not a word about the 800,000 blacks butchered to death in Rwanda.

    All of Roland's comments about Rev Wright and nothing about the thousands of black women, young & old, raped and mutilated.

    Although America had a legal UN obligation to intervene, Hillary urged Bill to stay out of Rwanda to keep her health care plan on track.

    Perhaps the Clintons thought no one will care about the worst genocide in African history – not even African-Americans.

    They were right.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:07 pm |
  20. Paul

    The one thing that is certain about Barack Obama is that he is ethical, moral, principled, and honest which makes him the furthest thing from the typical "politician." If Obama were Clintonesque, he would have "dissed" Rev.Wright when the original "sound bites" came out.
    Instead, he did the principled thing not the "politically correct" thing; he denounced Wright's comments, not the Rev.

    Senator Obama is a man of great character. I admire him and will vote for him.

    I would like to see ALL the media display just a bit of "character" and move on to what is truly important to us all. Has all the media totally forgotten that Americans are still getting killed in a war that should not have happened; that truckers cannot afford to deliver goods which is driving prices up and out of control; that Bush has not idea what is going on in America with respect to the economy and home foreclosers; that Katrina victims are still not back in their homes and are having to tragically live in mobile homes that are unsafe; etc. etc.

    Why not give us all news we CAN use; like what is the difference in each of the candidates platforms. Bring in some economists that can talk about what the candidates need to do to help the economy; this would help us make informed decisions; stop already with all the pundits. Be responsible. I would send this message to the other news stations; except CNN is the only one with an easy to access space for providing ones comments.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:04 pm |
  21. Tim N.

    I don't normally voice my opinions, but people need to know. Like it or not, Rev. Wright is still a representative of God. Whenever you disrespect God's representative, you disrespect God... No matter how crazy he may seem. This man is just trying to defend his name and his church. He knows that he does not speak for Obama, and the media brought this innocent man in for nothing. The speach that he made at the NAACP was just a speach that anyone would normally hear at that type of event. As far as the last speachm that was out of pure anger which I do agree was uncalled for. I am a minister that has a clear understanding of the way both of these gentlemen feel right now. The best thing that can happen for USA is, for us as americans, not to let this create hate among White/Black America as well as Young/Older America... Which is what's happening. Older Black Americans against and views of every race against one another.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:02 pm |
  22. ronnb

    A 3-Front War: I believe that CNN's coverage of the presidential election has been good in many respects. However, I think they and the other media have completely missed a very key aspect–that Barrack Obama is fighting a 3 front war–against Hillary Clinton and her surrogates who are running a very negative, and I would say viscious campaign; against the conservative Republican politicians, including the Bush Administration, who are fighting against Barrack Obama and for Hillary Clinton because they believe they can beat Hillary Clinton–and they do not have a playbook for Obama. And against rightwing media and conservative pundits mascarading as political analysts who oppose Barrack Obama for the same reasons as the conservative polticians.

    Facing this 3-front war, Obama is still prevailing! It shows what a strong candidate and a high performance and effective politian he is.
    I sincerely hope he wins because I believe he is exactly what this country needs–an honest, high integrity and highly effective person!

    April 29, 2008 at 11:02 pm |
  23. cory,fl

    Mr. wright is supposed to be Obama mentor and inspiration, his words are his words, and his actions are more than words, wright has done some good but that doesn’t excuse what he has done, he has to stand by everything, you cant do good and do evil and say well he has done good, evil and hate more than out weigh any good he has done, and as for Obama, he was the one to say he was his mentor and shouldn't he be held accountable for that

    April 29, 2008 at 11:02 pm |
  24. Ken from Oregon

    Far too much weight is being put on Obama's relationship with Wright and it has been blown way out of proportion. I have witnessed and listened to many people in my life as have we all. We listen, then chose to dismiss or agree with what people say, our character develops over the years based on these agreements and disagreements and this is the person we become. It is clear, very clear, that Obama is not a reflection of Wright, not by a long shot, so to characterize him because he attended Wright's church for so long is way off base. It is time to focus on what Obama himself says and ignore what Wright, or people who want to characterize Wright, have to say as their opinions are irrelevent. Let's move past this nonsense and start talking about what we are going to do about the Iraq war, what we are going to do about the environment and what we are going to do about health care. Enough of this soap opera!

    April 29, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  25. iyapo kontar

    I think once again Obama has said how he feels about his pastors statement now if anyone talks about it that tell you where they are coming from.
    Why has nothing been said about Hillarys person being responsible for Rev Wrights coming to the press club.

    April 29, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  26. jane h.

    Can you please stop playing with the Rev Wright story. I feel sorry for for the elderly pastor and for Obama who shoukld be our next President if anyone in America had a lick of sense

    April 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  27. iyapo kontar

    I think once again Obama has said how he feels about his pastors statement now if anyone talks about it that tell you where they are coming from.
    Why has nothing been said about Hillarys person being responsible for Rev Wrights coming to the press club.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  28. JW Smith

    All I have to say about Rev. Wright is that he has lost his mind and I really think that he is being paid to keep this up or he really hates Obama

    April 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  29. nadine sykes

    Today's events with Obama having to literally choose to be a man without a church, disheartens me about American. Guilt by association is rampant in our society and drives divisiveness. Obama is a man who has told the American people that he would be honest to them and today he has bared his soul for the world to see. Unlike the flip flopper Mc Cain or Hilllary who thinks that we are all so stupid that she can tell or sell us anything and we will vote for her. It is up to the media to let this tragic divorce be replayed over and over on our tv screens. Enough already. Let's get on with protecting our country from the special interest and the devastation of our economy that has been created by the untruthful politicians.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  30. Phoebe Sugarman

    This is not so much a comment but a question that I hope you could investigate. I heard on MSNBC, tonight, briefly – there were no details – that a Hillary Clinton supporter ( and a member of the Speaker's Bureau) was instrumental in getting Rev. Wright invited to the Press Club.

    Is this true? Is it relevant?

    I think that it is vital for the media to NOT invite Rev. Wright to their shows in the future. It does not serve our democracy to give one person the power to influence our democratic election. What can we do about that?

    April 29, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  31. Barry IL

    Rev Wright is a man stuck in the 1960s. He is one of the old radical elements, who still lives in bitterness. Radical elements may start a revolution but they cannot finish it; they burn out. Obama is a whole different person. He is a politician of 21st century that does not share the bitterness and radicalism of Pastor Wright likes. He is full of energy and deeply believes in the greatness of USA. He also believes USA has changed for the better. He energized our youth across the racial, economic, religious, etc divides.
    Obama has not boxed himself on the race issue either. He talks about both sides of his heritage with proud and tries to build bridge for same. Althought Rev Wright himself is a product of races, he never acknowledges both sides of his heritages, let alone trying to build a bridge. Obama respected the pastor, only denounced his words, yet the pastor, stuck in old politics, is set out to destroy Obama's chance. Thus, Obama has done the right thing to totally denounce him now. Enoguh is enough.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  32. Jim

    Thank you Roland for the excellent insight. Rev. Wright a man I did not know and now respect, was inexperienced with the press.

    Like the questions given to Obama in the last debate they were not designed to bring out the actual man but make him angry and do damage to himself.

    It's a shame Obama now has to do as the Republican party wants and throw Rev. Wright under the bus which adds more fuel for them.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  33. Richard Doughty

    If Obama is ultimately not the Democrat nominee he can lay his loss right at the unworthy feet of Jeremiah Wright. Obama is drowning in the flood of Wright’s egomaniacal, destructive tirade.

    Richard D.
    Marietta, GA

    April 29, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  34. Aaminah Muhammad

    I watched the NAACP speech and Rev. Aaron's introduction and was moved. I agree that "different does not mean deficient" but it appears to me that Rev. Wright has allowed his "difference" with Barack to overshadow the two main points, which are that these two are long time friends, and Barack didn't disown him in the past despite the calls to do so. In the end his statement that Barack was just a politician seemed to crush Obama who probably would have remained silent. It is disheartening, because it's like watching a father and son argue in public. And I for one was happy that Obama didn't denounce Wright in the past. There is something to be said for loyalty. Unfortunately there are some who were just chomping at the bit waiting for this break and are happy to see that it occurred. I believe that Obama will more than likely when the nomination because today he was human, and people felt his pain.
    Hayward, CA

    April 29, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  35. M. Craig

    Rev. Wright didn't go looking for the media. It was the media that came into his Church and took pieces of his sermons. They tried to destroy him. When he speaks out, telling the truth about the injustices in this country, now you want him to shut up. No ! Let the truth ring out...

    April 29, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  36. Arnie

    I am sorry to say this but I think the last few days in the Obama campain have confirmed my worst fears. I know Obama is a great guy with an even greater heart but he is not ready to be the leader of the free world, he is not electable at this time in this country. Only a bunch of liberal extremist would think an unknown African American man with a Muslim name and extreme radical connections could be elected president in 2008. I am sorry but ain't gonna happen! I would like to disclose: I am liberal and a supporter of Senator Clinton.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  37. Jon David

    The "best" political team out there has once again lost their credibility, as their love afair with Mr. Obama continues. It is as if they all starting holding their breath yesterday when the new Wright controversy exploded and began breathing again after Obama's press conference. Who I am most disappointed with however, is Candy Crowley. When asked about Obama's tone, she emphatically cried out how angry and upset he was, that he was sweating, etc. and actually added, "you couldn't tell on the television screen, but in person, it really came through." Come on! Candy, I expected so much more from you. Please, try to hide your support for Obama when you are reporting.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  38. Cathy

    What might hurt Obama are not Wright's attacks on his political integrity. Rather it could be Obama's packaging of himself as someone who can bring discordant views to the table and achieve positive change. If he wasn't able to effect cooperation from someone who purportedly supported him, does that reflect on his ability to gain a consensus from those who will vehemently oppose him?

    April 29, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  39. wilton k. law

    I am very disappointed in your conduct over TV as to the damage done to Barrack Obama by his pastor.Example- you let the black commentators go on and on but cut short what Gergen and the other commentater could add if you give them a chance. Don't you realize this black pastor has caused Obama to lose the election. Any comments from now on will not change the minds of voters who are totally disgusted,Obama has lost his chance ot be elected.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  40. angie

    I still don't get it....why all the hype???? what rev wright say and what obama say are diffrent. rev not running for pres i really don't care what he say. I care about what clinton and obama say....here we go again making mountains out of mole hills... and the rev said he was speaking for himself not obama or anybody else...lets move on america plz

    April 29, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  41. Lilibeth

    It is unfortunate that Rev. Wright will have a very negative impact on Mr. Obama's chances for President. Even though I'm a Hillary supporter, I don't wish this on anybody. I hope that people will get past all the "noise" surrounding Rev. Wright and see Mr. Obama for who he is, not for who his pastor is.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  42. john

    why don't the media and ALL the evening news shows just let the issue die? I am just sick of hearing about Jeremiah Wright day after day.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  43. Liz Heidebrecht

    i am beginning to get sick of people placing blame on the media. it's a simple cop-out. WE control our media. WE control the channels we watch and the papers we read just as WE control our government. yes folks, we do. this is a CONSUMER society, as much as i hate the fact sometimes, it DOES continue to keep the power in our hands. so, if you wish for change to come, we have to remember that this is our country and if we don't like it we should fight for a change and not simply pass blame.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  44. Dolly

    Congratulations to the Senator from Illinois! What a shrewd campaign strategy! Rev. Wright speaking at the Press club. Deal with this now so that the Senator can face the controversy that won't go away to his greatest advantage, with a disgusted look on his face tagging this as "Old News" during the nationals should he take the nomination.

    Where else have we sent this look and heard these words when we knew it was a loosing situation. "We've heard enough debating no more debates, I want to campaign."

    Whoever his campaign manager is...is a genius. Is this Rev. Wright ... or...is it Carl Rove?

    "Listen to your heart. Never stop listening."
    Henry Quick Bear, LAKOTA

    April 29, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  45. Rose A Canada

    In my view, Rev. Wright comes across as being a very selfish man with very controversial beliefs . His comments have been divisive, destructive, racist and hate filled.

    On the other hand, I still do not believe Obama has never heard this side of Rev. Wright before. I'm sure during the twenty years he was a Member of the Trinity Church Rev. Wright must have shown his true colors. One doesn't just take on that kind of nasty and that much hatred over night. Therefore, I believe they have both "mis-spoken" and are deserving of each other.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  46. Paul

    What is wrong with you guys? The media has blown this way out of proportion. Why are you not having specials on why Catholics are still Catholics after the pedophile scandal? According to the media logic, every Catholic should be a pedophile. What about Hillary and her affiliation with the Methodist church. Their fundamental belief is that gay people are sinners. Why hasn't she denounced the Methodist church? According the the media's logic, this means Hillary is against gays. How can this be if democrats believe in the opposite? Here you go CNN... a news scoop. Hillary is a Republican in the disguise of a Democrat.

    THis is how ridiculous you guys are. Give it a break. THere is only one reason why this is a main issue. THe media. Then you ask if it will go away during your programs as if you have nothing to do with propagating the issue.

    I'm staring to believe the conspiracy theorists about the media.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  47. Candy J

    Rev. Wright did nothing to help Obama and that is sad. He is supposed to be supporting his member and friend. Move on Media Rev Wright is not as important as you make him seem.

    Obama 08

    April 29, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  48. Haknil

    When a criminal is acquitted... its a TYPE 1 ERROR. But when an innocent man is convicted... its TYPE 2 ERROR (disastrous). We don't want to purnish an innocent man... Senator Obama has done nothing wrong.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  49. G

    Firstly, in the outset, I was a Hillary supporter, but five months ago, I switched, and gladly embraced and continue to embrace the brilliance and hope within Barrack Obama.

    Now, the reason for this entry, which is my first time I have ever written anyone in the media concerning anything...

    I am really tired about this ridiculous story and continued play it is getting in the media and in the press. Yes, the most recent stint was Rev. Wright's own doing and was an example of how ego can get in the way of common sense and decency.

    Now, I will say that the speech Rev. Wright gave at the NAACP was incredible and eye opening, in a very positive way. So much so, that I made friends of mine watch it and see how intelligent the Rev. is and how moving his speeches can be...and by the way, I am a white male, 28 years of age, living in California...

    Now, a quick tidbit of information that I find very interesting...although I am sure this will make headlines tomorrow as it is all over the net tonight...

    Wright was invited to the National Press Club by a journalist and minister who supports Clinton. (Interesting! right?!) and very politically transparent.

    The Tribune reports that Wright was invited by Barbara Reynolds, a former USA Today editorial board member who has written on personal blog of her support for Clinton.

    BINGO! and there you have it...who's behind the curtain? do we even need to ask this anymore

    April 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  50. Sarah

    If Mr. Obama means what he says, the minimum response is to resign his membership in the church of hate and predudice and move to a church of love and respect. I've heard words, which is all you hear from Mr. Obama. I'm not moved by Mr. Obama's words. Action is what is required. If there's not concrete action, he can forget my vote.

    April 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
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