4.29.2008

Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Here's what i did this morning: I read an article in the NYT times about Rev. JEremiah Wright's appearance at the National Press Club. I read it--aloud to Alison, too--and commented along the way how i figured Wright might just cost Obama the election.

Next i watched the video of Wright that accompanied the Times' article. Here is a link to the whole thing.

I challenge you to read it and, if you haven't already done so, watch the entire video, too.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Obama's speech today denouncing Wright was pretty effective, I thought. I agree that the things he said to Bill Moyer and to the Press Club were pretty disrespectful to Obama. Obama has made it quite clear that there's a rift between them now.

-judson

Alison said...

The thing that got me this morning, listening to the speeches and interviews as Biffle played them on his computer, was that they weren't inflammatory at all. The NYTimes' piece this morning talked about Wright's "monomania," referred to him as a "slightly wacky uncle who unsettles strangers but really just craves attention." I thought the man was going to sound like a lunatic. Instead, he made points that Biffle and I make over breakfast all the time. This is not to say that they represent the point of view of mainstream America, but they weren't all that inflammatory.

And now Obama has had to say, for the sake of his political campaign, that Wright's comments were "appalling." Which they were not, and I'm sure Obama knows it.

Anonymous said...

To say that Wright's comments weren't inflammatory and appalling says more about you than Wright. Of course they were! Do you really think the US Government produced the AIDS virus to kill people of color? Should America be damned when millions are risking their lives annually to migrate here? Etc., etc. Like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, et.al. Wright has a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. They are the latest overseers on America's Plantation. Thank God, Obama is the future and it will be much brighter once the old lions give up their pride (pun intended) and their gravy train.

Biffle said...

thanks for the comment, anon. Please keep in mind if you come back for another visit, however, that we've almost entirely stopped publishing anonymous comments.

Anonymous said...

Why shut down comments from anonymous readers solely because they don't wish to come out of the cyber closet? If the comment is thoughtful, clean, and courteous, why penalize communication and the vetting of ideas/thoughts? Remember, you have the power of "comment moderation." Censorship is just another form of discrimination and it definitely negatively impacts "choice." An anonymous post is akin to an anonymous vote. To censor is to deny honesty and yes, to a certain extent, accountability EXCEPT FOR REASONABLE MODERATION.

Biffle said...

send me an email and i'll explain.

Anonymous said...

Please allow me to state the obvious: If I sent you an e-mail, I would no longer be anonymous.

Biffle said...

i wasn't aware that you were trying to hide your secret identity from me--just the rest of the internet.
I wasn't going to out you or anything.

Anonymous said...

Thank you but I will pass on your invitation and risk your refusal to "publish" my comments on your blog. Being anonymous allows me to express my opinion here regarding what is written without fear of being invited/intimidated into defending my expression (to you or anyone else) either publicly or privately. Remember, you always have the power to squash comment as "comment moderation has been enabled." Frankly, I have absolutely no problem with that as its your blog and you have, in my opinion, a responsibility to keep blatently incorrect information from being put out, threats published, ridiculous trivia taking over thus burying honest discourse, etc. Finally, I would add that both you and Alison have a lot to offer in this endeavor. Have you considered expanding your horizons? If you have, you might consider taking a look at Andrew Sullivan's blog as a model. Thar's money to be made, directly and indirectly, in cyberspace. Who knows where it could lead if you did.

Marc said...

And now Obama has had to say, for the sake of his political campaign, that Wright's comments were "appalling." Which they were not, and I'm sure Obama knows it.

Good point. Another way in which Obama is a liar.

Alison said...

Good point. Another way in which Obama is a liar.

Yeah, not actually what I was saying. It's not about Obama's honesty but about the ways in which the political process--and the media-fed frenzy of public outrage--forces candidates to play it safe.