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Rev. Wright and the Return of the Soundbite


The Rev. Jeremiah W. Wright launches a new wave of TV soundbites at a National Press Club breakfast Monday. (Gerald Martineau / The Washington Post)

By Jose Antonio Vargas
A crucial fight is afoot, and it's not only between Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama.

It's between "soundbite politics" versus "soundblast politics," as blogger Micah Sifry of TechPresident explored a few weeks ago, when clips of Rev. Jeremiah Wright first flooded the blogosphere. A 17-second soundbite of the now infamous "God damn America" clip was among them. Then days later Obama, responding to the Wright controversy, gave a speech and uploaded it in its entirety -- 37 minutes -- on YouTube. That was soundblast politics.

Soundbite: short, often catchy, free of context. Soundblast: longer, fuller, more nuanced and detailed.

And while news shows, especially on cable, repeatedly played Wright's soundbites, people turned to YouTube to watch Obama's speech. Within days, it became the most viewed video ever uploaded by a candidate on YouTube, which reportedly counts one view as a full viewing of the entire video. That video has been viewed nearly 4.4 million times. It seemed that soundblast politics was beating soundbite politics, to the benefit of the Obama campaign.

At least until Rev. Wright took center stage Monday during his speech at the National Press Club. A second wave of Rev. Wright clips flooded the blogosphere and this time soundbite politics, on cable shows and online, has taken the upper hand. The conservative blogosphere -- not to mention the mainstream media -- ate it up.

"Coverage of the Rev. Wright's recent remarks has been one of the few instances where the conservative blogosphere is in step with the media," said Matt Lewis, a blogger and director of operations at Townhall.com, the popular conservative site. "And, to make matters worse for Obama, Rev. Wright delivers soundbites so effectively. Clips of his sermons and speeches will be replayed over and over again, even when the story falls off the front page. Conservatives will be pushing it."

Immediately following Obama's press conference on Tuesday, in which he further distanced himself from his former pastor, the campaign uploaded a nearly 7-minute-long clip of that speech on YouTube. Within 12 hours, it was viewed more than 32,000 times. By Wednesday night, nearly 55,000. Moreso than any other candidate, Obama has used his YouTube channel to soundblast his message to his supporters. His channel, featuring 977 videos, has been viewed 13.7 million times -- far more than Clinton's channel (1.5 million) and Sen. John McCain's channel (642,000) combined.

In the end, which will dominate: Wright's soundbites or Obama's soundblast? And, given how much has been said about Wright's remarks, can even a seven-minute explanation from Obama be enough?

As they say in the world of soundbites, stay tuned.

This is the first in a series of online columns on our growing "clickocracy," in which we are one nation under Google, with e-mail and video for all. Please send suggestions, comments and tips to vargasj-at-washpost-dot-com.

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Posted by: rsbwapgauv | May 14, 2008 5:45 PM

Odrama? Obama is the one generating a drama like campaign when the current string of "controversies" seems to make him medically depressive?

Last time I checked, it was both McCain and Clinton that thrived amidst a particularly vain media environment.

I think it is very unamerican to vote according to controversies and not issues. Yet this is an opinion. It makes America's democracy look like a reality show that could be named "The Teflon Politician" with this promotion slogan :"See who's the less muddy after months of scrutiny of the least relevant aspects of their life".

Posted by: HSB | May 6, 2008 12:04 PM

Obama=Wright
Wright=Obama

Posted by: Core Democrat | May 4, 2008 11:48 PM

If Obama wasn't listening to Wright and learning from him , including his preaching style , and developing his presentation style he would not have to be now disowning him. Until Rev Wright's sermons became public , Obama was still listening and praising him. So what is The Truth ? Obama Amened with the rest of the cult and stood by his mentor until it all became public. He is not the type of person to be president of The USA

Posted by: American Worker | May 4, 2008 6:38 PM

The media just can't get enough of Reverend Wright, can they? They just can't stop talking about it, because every election they have to destroy the Democratic candidate. And they do, every time, by dredging up phony issues and hammering on them.

But it's panic time, corporate America. This time we aren't buying your propaganda. You aren't going to steal it from Obama.

Posted by: Frank | May 4, 2008 12:12 PM

I have news for you older, white, under educated boomer ladies that the exit polls show supporting Hillary Clinton. A woman will be president some day but she is not the woman for president. Half the democrats hate her, if these blogs are right, and all the republicans hate her. She is on trial in Los Angeles for fraud, though the media is giving her a break on this. She does not stand a chance of even being the nominee.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2008 12:06 PM

This accusing Obama because he attended Reverend Wrights church for 20 years is just hilarious. Obama was not married to Rev. Wright, and didn't attend every Sunday surely. Reverend Wright was his pastor not his spouse. I have attended the same church for years and could not care less about what my pastor says.
Hillary Clinton has been married to and apparently doing the walk with Bill Clinton since 1975. That's going on 33 years, day in, day out. He has been accused of rape, hated the military, was impeached for lying under oath, and things we won't go into and she's still there, depending on him to help her be crowned president.
Obama denounced Wright. Hillary is still with Bill Clinton and sending him out to help her be elected.
Something is wrong with this picture.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2008 11:55 AM

Southern saying "a fox smells his own hole first" and that's what Wright is doing when he describes Obama's politics as being politically expediate. That's Wright smelling his own hole first and that's what he did in his church for years. He played the hate card because it paid him well donationwise didn't it Wright. Didn't you decide to preach the hate of Satan and not the message of God of forgiveness and reconciliation and empowerment - not the tithing was enough with that message just your message of hate mocking and scouffing the Word. Might is the fall of the prideful and watching for yours.

Posted by: MissClarity | May 4, 2008 11:42 AM

Senetor Odrama was recorded saying to Ali Abuminah from the electronic intifada in Chicago.Here is part of an article Where he states to a newspaper man that he can be "not up front" when it suits him. "The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat he now occupies. But at that time polls showed him trailing.

As he came in from the cold and took off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and volunteered, "Hey, I'm sorry I haven't said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I'm hoping when things calm down I can be more up front." He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and US policy, "Keep up the good work!" this can be verified but the media won't let it. so i know it won't stay here for long. the moderator is taking a nap. so read and pass on.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2008 10:48 AM

Senator Obama has no plan for changing the gas situation immediately and Senator Clinton does. What a shock!!! What does this tell you North Carolinians and Hoosiers? Obama is truly showing himself for the empty suit that he is and the Wright thing seals the deal. He doesn't care a thing about promoting anybody but himself and his ability to be elected in November is seriously questionable. If he really cares about our party he would resign. He has far too many questionable relationships and we really don't know the half of it yet. We need Hillary Clinton because we know her for all of her flaws and perfections. We can still save the nominating process and the Democratic Party, if we do the right thing in the primaries left to come. IN and NC please don't let the rest of America down. Decisive wins for Hillary in all remaining primaries will put Obama back in his rightful place- a rookie senator lacking the experience to run our country in these most troubling times. We can still do this and I know the rest of "US" are counting on you. Bring Hillary on to the rest of "US"!!! Thank you, Mary from KY.

Posted by: Mary O'Bryan | May 4, 2008 10:19 AM

The Reverend Wright is a veritable sound-bite machine.

Posted by: thecandypoem | May 4, 2008 4:36 AM

Stop DEFENDING THE ARABs UNTIL

THEY DEFEND US AND PUT BASES IN NC AND IN HILLARY

OTHER WISE ITS BLOOD FOR OIL

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 11:53 PM

Associated Press

"Hillary Clinton said on Thursday night that members of Congress should tell the American people where they stand on a plan she backs to suspend the gas tax for three months. Are they with us or against us? she said.
But that bit of bombast may backfire. On Friday, one of Sen. Clintons top backers, Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, called the gas-tax holiday a bad idea.
I think it would be counterproductive, Frank said in an interview to air today on Bloomberg Television. I dont think it would be a significant savings for the individual. It would be more of a cost.
Add Frank to the growing list of pols who have rejected the idea, including Clinton supporter and Washington Sen. Patty Murray. Others include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, New York Gov. David Paterson and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was particularly blunt on Thursday.
It's about the dumbest thing I've heard in an awful long time, from an economic point of view," Bloomberg, who hasnt endorsed a candidate, told reporters. We're trying to discourage people from driving and we're trying to end our energy dependence...and we're trying to have more money to build infrastructure...."


So much for experience. Its not just Obama's delegates. This is why we need to hear about real issues. Otherwise, ask Rev. Wright what he thinks about the gas tax idea.

Debate on ...gas tax.
Obama ahead.
1
Clinton
0
McCain
0
Bush
The Decider is thinking about it.
(Sorry couldn't help myself.)

Rev. Wright
so far (0)

By the way, does anyone know how many would be lose jobs if we went with the holiday gas tax idea?

Posted by: Debate on Gas Tax | May 3, 2008 9:55 PM

Associated Press

"Hillary Clinton said on Thursday night that members of Congress should tell the American people where they stand on a plan she backs to suspend the gas tax for three months. Are they with us or against us? she said.
But that bit of bombast may backfire. On Friday, one of Sen. Clintons top backers, Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, called the gas-tax holiday a bad idea.
I think it would be counterproductive, Frank said in an interview to air today on Bloomberg Television. I dont think it would be a significant savings for the individual. It would be more of a cost.
Add Frank to the growing list of pols who have rejected the idea, including Clinton supporter and Washington Sen. Patty Murray. Others include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, New York Gov. David Paterson and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was particularly blunt on Thursday.
It's about the dumbest thing I've heard in an awful long time, from an economic point of view," Bloomberg, who hasnt endorsed a candidate, told reporters. We're trying to discourage people from driving and we're trying to end our energy dependence...and we're trying to have more money to build infrastructure...."


So much for experience. Its not just Obama's delegates. This is why we need to hear about real issues. Otherwise, ask Rev. Wright what he thinks about the gas tax idea.

Debate on ...gas tax.
Obama ahead.
1
Clinton
0
McCain
0
Bush
The Decider is thinking about it.
(Sorry couldn't help myself.)

Rev. Wright
so far (0)

By the way, does anyone know how many would be lose jobs if we went with the holiday gas tax idea?

Posted by: Debate on Gas Tax | May 3, 2008 9:55 PM

OBAMA = DIVISION

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 9:29 PM

The response to Rev. Wright

This is for those whom don't understand why Blacks hope that the Mass-murderer on the 6:00 news is white...
Rev. Wright and Trinity is not the "Black Church". Wright and Trinity are members of the United Church of Christ (the vast majority are white people).

Most Christians attend their church because of Jesus not the pastor. If one should break away from the church because of errors in leadership there should be no Catholics.
Check out these excerpt from Pope John Paul II's CONFESSION OF SINS AND ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS (March 12, 2000):
Introduction
The Holy Father: Brothers and Sisters, let us turn with trust to God our Father, who is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger, great in love and fidelity, and ask him to accept the repentance of his people who humbly confess their sins, and to grant them mercy. ....
V. Confession of Sins Committed in Action Against Love, Peace, the Rights of Peoples, and Respect for Cultures and Religions.
Archbishop Stephen Fumio Hamao: Let us pray that contemplating Jesus, our Lord and our Peace, Christians will be able to repent of the words and attitudes caused by pride, by hatred, by the desire to dominate others, by enmity towards members of other religions and towards the weakest groups in society, such as immigrants and itinerants. [Silent prayer.]
The Holy Father: Lord of the world, Father of all, through your Son you asked us to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us and to pray for those who persecute us. Yet Christians have often denied the Gospel; yielding to a mentality of power, they have violated the rights of ethnic groups and peoples, and shown contempt for their cultures and religious traditions: be patient and merciful towards us, and grant us your forgiveness! We ask this through Christ our Lord. R. Amen. R. Kyrie, eleison; Kyrie, eleison; Kyrie, eleison.
[A lamp is lit before the Crucifix.]
VI. Confession of Sins Against the Dignity of Women and the Unity of The Human Race.
Cardinal Francis Arinze: Let us pray for all those who have suffered offences against their human dignity and whose rights have been trampled; let us pray for women, who are all too often humiliated and emarginated, and let us acknowledge the forms of acquiescence in these sins of which Christians too have been guilty. [Silent prayer.]
The Holy Father: Lord God, our Father, you created the human being, man and woman, in your image and likeness and you willed the diversity of peoples within the unity of the human family. At times, however, the equality of your sons and daughters has not been acknowledged, and Christians have been guilty of attitudes of rejection and exclusion, consenting to acts of discrimination on the basis of racial and ethnic differences. Forgive us and grant us the grace to heal the wounds still present in your community on account of sin, so that we will all feel ourselves to be your sons and daughters. We ask this through Christ our Lord. R. Amen. R. Kyrie, eleison; Kyrie, eleison; Kyrie, eleison.
[A lamp is lit before the Crucifix.]

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 8:54 PM

this race has shown a lot of peoples true colors what I don't understand why barack obama is held to a higher standard than any politician in history. How can something somebody else says destroy his race for the Whitehouse he didn't say it there is no picture or video of him
cheering while Wright made these remarks so how is he unelectable after somebody he knows says something that is crazy. I'll tell you how because his candidacy was always fragile that why he said I'm always the underdog I admit this last week has brought me back to earth se because the fact still show that smart people and people who have truly moved past race are still in the minority cause most people hate change no matter how positive and as soon as they get a reason to continue doing what they been doing there going to take that opportunity see Hillary Clinton is visual change because she is a woman and some people reject that butmost of those people are racist too so thats a wash but yet still she is so familiar because she reminds people of the nineties and she does all the things we expect of politicians so she is not real change she is just a socially and economically Liberal George Bush in a pantsuit

Posted by: Typical Black person | May 3, 2008 5:38 PM

The Kantor sound bite is a fraud as is the Paul fiasco...started by the ever so sly Obama campaign.

Obama throws everyone under the bus when he's finished. What an empty suit! Obama won caucuses i Red states before people foundout that he was busing in the same voters from out of state to vote in the Caucuses. He is scum..He is also paying delegates to come to his side. He also takes money from Iraqi born fugitive Auchi. Well what is he offering in return? The man is scary. America safety first. Obama has too many anti American ties. His wife is a racist, his pastor is a racist, Farrakhan is a racist, William Ayers is a terrorist and on and on..He led a dirty campaign in Chicago against A Palmer who first helped him get elected. He left his constituents in Chicago slums while he embezzled money with T Rezko to purchase his home....How many favors has he done for Iraqi Auchi. He is anti Israel...the list goes on and on...Oh he gives a good speech, even if he doesn;t say anything meaningful

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 5:07 PM

Had voters in Iowa seen the sound bites during the campaign, Obama would have not survived the first caucus. People cannot seriously elect someone who has been immersed in these kinds of sermons. I'm all for an African American president but not for Obama.

Posted by: karegi | May 3, 2008 4:09 PM

Your answer as to how he could listen to that preacher for twenty years. The same way all the good honest christians do, but, finding out 40 years later the bugger has molested their children. Think before you speak. A Canadian, with the deepest respect to all of the people of the U.S, of A.

Posted by: justadad55 | May 3, 2008 12:43 PM

Where is this discussion?

Posted By Linda On March 21, 2008 (1:15 am) In PJB Columns

By Patrick J. Buchanan

How would he pull it off? I wondered.

How would Barack explain to his press groupies why he sat silent in a pew for 20 years as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright delivered racist rant...
Article taken from Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website - http://buchanan.org/blog URL to article: http://buchanan.org/blog/?p=969

Posted by: lwhite3 | May 3, 2008 12:10 AM

The first round of Wright revelations didn't gain traction because the "snippets" were dismissed as taken-out-of-context. That worked because the media didn't make the complete sermons available on line so that you could judge for yourself if that was a legitimate defense. It wasn't...I looked for hours and managed to find only one of the complete sermons in question. Most of it was equally offensive. Fortunately for the voters in the dark, Rev. Wright wasn't satisfied w/ that defense...he went on offense, spoke at length, put his inflammatory accusations in context and what did we find? YES, EVERYTHING HE SAYS IS EQUALLY OFFENSIVE, WHETHER YOU LISTEN TO A "SNIPPET" OR A COMPLETE DIATRIBE. Anybody who listens to all of these speeches and doesn't wonder who Barack Obama is, belongs to an empty-headed cult.

Posted by: Yellow Dog | May 2, 2008 11:18 PM

Obama is a cunning and terrifyingly dangerous politician.

Barack says he won't throw his pastor under the bus like he did his grandmother, and then he did.

Barack says he's against the war but NEVER ACTUALLY VOTED AGAINST IT because he wasn't in office then. And then he VOTED YES TO FUND THE WAR.

Barack says he won't wear "that pin" on his clothing but then he is trying to say that he stands for it (when really he wants to switch it to something else).

Barack says he wants to be the #1 patriot in America and yet when the National Anthem is played, he doesn't put his hand on his heart(as if the song doesn't apply to him) - must be because it is the song of the "old ways" of America(which he wishes to destroy), the ways that hundreds of thousands have died for along the way.

Barack boils up some cursing and completely politically-reactive racial speech, tries to make us all feel deficient, says Don Imus should be burned at the stake and flushed in a toilet, and then turns around and says "Race is not a problem in America"(because that would trick people into thinking he doesn't hate).

Barack says he's a uniter but then devotes 20 years of his life to his "Mentor" and "Role Model" that has burned the very hate of America into his heart - see this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI77cU3jsFs ( also see more great stuff at: thatsmeontheleft.blogspot.com )

Barack says all people should count and "yes we can" but then he purposely, and cold-bloodedly stone-walls any chance of allowing 2+ MILLION voters in Florida and Michigan have their vote count.

Barack says he's about "helping the working class live better lives" and then he turns around and slanders us not only by calling us "bitter" and "clinging to guns and religion", but also forgoes offering a Universal Healthcare Plan(which is a core democratic value) - this is only so he can play both sides of the poor/rich fence, but in the end he leans more towards the former(with his ridiculous idea to raise capital gains taxes).

Barack says he has all these ideas for how he's going to throw our government out of their offices onto the street but there's no detailed information available for people to weigh his intentions with common sense.

Everything is about timing for Mr. Barack Obama, he plays "old style" politics better than a symphonic orchestra, he'll switch from one major idea and then to the reverse like a windsock in an open field.

How long will it be before Barack throws the "American People"(as if we're somebody else) under the bus, and then back up for another go.

Think long and hard, this man is playing the emotion card on America, and he intends to rip our heart out with it to pay back for his Pastor's pain of yesteryear.

If you vote for Barack Obama, you will experience change alright, and it will hurt, badly. If you vote for Barack Obama, you are voting for the Apocalypse of America.

Posted by: The Stark Truth | May 2, 2008 9:45 PM

First, Rev.Wright is a whack job - probably senile, certainly paranoid, and very, very vain. I was brought up Catholic, and I heard some pretty wild sermons there, too. They didn't bother me, and Wright doesn't bother me. It is a shame that he is not Christian - and that he seeks to solve the Black's problems by inciting them to mayhem. However, if he were Christian and thoughtful, he would not get the press and alocades he has garnered over the years. None of these "charismatic" preachers are anything but money grubbing frauds, and "outrageous" makes news. Americans, black and white, eat that garbage like ice cream. Intelligent people think for themselves - sheep listen to likes of Wright, Robertson, and - don't forget - Bush, and throw all reason out the window.

Barak Obama is contantly called "elitist". Why? He went to Harvard! Bush, on the other hand went to Yale - and no one thinks he is "elitist". I know the answer: Obama actually WENT to Harvard, and actually got an EDUCATION. Bush emerged, obviously, completely unscathed by learning, intellectual curiosity, and objective thinking. He is "Everyman America", but he isn't elitist
Of course, the fact that he didn't meet a spending bill he didn't like until it was one aimed at bettering the average
American's life, doesn't count. His tax cuts have NOT helped "Everyman America", but have lined the pockets of the elitists
who run our major corporations: Oil companies, banks, credit card companies, power companies, telephone companies, etc.
Those people got an education, and know how to oppress good old "everyman" and make it look like it is "reform". Have we not figured out that de-regulation just made everything vital to our daily lives more expensive. "Smaller government" just means less oversight over the corporations - not smaller as it relates to "everyman". The Government bureauracy is larger than ever, and "Brother" spends an inordinate amount of time on our sex lives, our personal lives, our religious lives - all of which are none of the government's business.

I am voting for Obama. I think it is time we got an educated person who appears to have a reasonable thought process, and is more "Christian" than all of the bible thumpers put together. If you want patriotic, think about whether you are "bitter". I am, because I remember when America was great, was regarded as powerful, only slightly corrupt, and had ethical standard. It wasn't perfect, but it was a damned sight better than what it is today. WE are the third rate country, and WE are oppressed, but We are too stupid to see it.

Posted by: engineerken | May 2, 2008 1:09 PM

O.K. Washington Post, why aren't you talking about and fixating on the Kantor soundbite? When are you going to post the Kantor video (One of Hillary's key advisors) who called white folks in Indiana sh*t and "white nigg*ers?

When are you going to play it again and again for human consumption?

Posted by: Ann Clark | May 2, 2008 12:51 PM

Val and SD Grover:

The difference, of course, is that Obama is running COMPLETELY on his words and vaunted judgment. It is relevant to ask why he took 20 years to speak out against Wright.

Posted by: JakeD | May 2, 2008 12:07 PM

Why is Obama held to higher standards than McCain and Clinton? They both have pastors who said or did nasty things. Clinton's pastor was convicted of child molesting. I haven't seen that blown up in the press. Then someone would say that this is not racist behavior. When you are Black do you have to twice as good as the rest to get the same position? No wonder there are so many minorities which high blood pressure and doubt about where we are heading.

Posted by: Val | May 2, 2008 11:44 AM

JakeD,

Please stop assuming. It means ass-u-me!! Please stop making an @$$ out of yourself. Why does it matter if Obama's PASTOR is offensive when many pastors are? Obama doesn't behave in that manner, and his moral record is proof.

It's amazing how his critics will do anything to destroy him including Rev. Wright.

I can't wait until Paul v. Clinton erupts!!

Posted by: SD Grover | May 2, 2008 9:03 AM

What Wright says is not really important at this point. We have all heard it and Wright stands by his message. The only question for voters is to determine in their minds why Barack stayed in the church for so many years. Why was he not sickened years ago? How often did he hear this rhetoric? Did he ever hear personally? Maybe he rarely attended church and was just using the church name. Barack was a US senator for the past 2 years and never saw any reason to distance himself and so why now? Did the campaign know all about this before the campaign cycle? What part if any of the sermons did Barack think was helpful? The truth is that Barack is the one with the problem. The character of a person certainly should be measured by the way that person deals with friends and family. Barack has said the Wright is like family. Do you disown your family? Do you disown your pastor after 20 plus years even though the message has remained the same? Has Barack changed that much to now see he doesn't belong in that church? So many questions......

Posted by: Susan | May 2, 2008 8:23 AM

Andy thats because Larry is a faud lol. Why u think nobody reports this.

Posted by: Antoine | May 2, 2008 8:10 AM

"This is the first in a series of online columns on our growing "clickocracy," in which we are one nation under Google, with e-mail and video for all."

Someone better tell this to DOLLAR BILL! so he will KNOW BETTER THAN TO LIE AND TRY TO GET AWAY WITH IT! This ain't the 1990's.

Posted by: Disparaged | May 2, 2008 6:35 AM

"BTW, I'm white, female, 49, and Independent and haven't made up my mind yet, but I deplore unfairness."

I don't know who you are, but I have been saying the exact same thing for weeks on end and the f&&&king MSM apparently cannot see or hear "the people of this country who have a brain". I DEPLORE THE MSM FOR THIS TRIPE!!!

Furthermore, I have written on every blog I can find about this and feel that if we simply boycotted the MSM, pundits, any tv news organizations, they would either play the 'guilt by association' game with the 2 white candidates or they would shut up about Wright!!! Our household has refused for the past month plus to tune into any MSM tv pundits in an attempt to lower their so called 'ratings'. Let us get together and BOYCOTT the tv MSM, BTW I am a 65 year old Latino female who supports Obama. BOYCOTT T.V. MSM'S PUNDITS, ETC. BOYCOTT - BOYCOTT!!!!!

Posted by: ObamasLady | May 2, 2008 6:32 AM

OMG! This video will bring down Hillary!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-MzByUHIzw&feature=email


If this is what she thinks about Hoosiers and Indiana, how do you think she feels about the rest of America?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:32 AM

THE IRAQ WAR IS HAVING SERIOUS NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES ON OUR ECONOMY and those who voted for the war (i.e. hillary) should be to blame for the state of the US economy.

Look how the THE IRAQ WAR is affecting the US economy...

$3,000,000,000... 3 Billion dollars PER WEEK!

That is the amount America is paying for the IRAQ WAR, PER WEEK -- money that should have been used here, at home.

Add to this:

Interest. We are financing the IRAQ WAR with borrowed money (e.g. treasuries) that carries interest; so in actuality, the war is costing the United States MORE THAN 3 billion dollars PER WEEK.

Higher oil and energy prices due to the IRAQ WAR. Instability from the war in Iraq is adding roughly 45 dollars per barrel as a premium.

High oil prices due to the IRAQ WAR mean high utility bills. Higher oil prices shifts demand to other sources of energy - gas, coal, etc. - and greater demand will raise the equilibrium price of all sources of energy -- Can you say high energy bills?

High oil prices due to the IRAQ WAR (a raw material used in the production of many goods, fertilizers, gasoline, diesel, plastics, etc.) mean high prices of goods and services -- Can you say INFLATION?

Higher trade deficit. High oil prices due to the IRAQ WAR mean a higher trade deficit because most of our oil comes from foreign sources. A higher trade deficit means more money is leaving the country than is coming into the country -- Can you say Goodbye to your hard-earned money!

The US dollar is weak and getting weaker due to the COST OF THE IRAQ WAR. Since we have a trade deficit and is growing in large part to the rising cost of imported oil, the value of goods and services we import exceeds the value of goods we export. You know that car you're thinking of buying or the computer you're using, or that trip you're thinking of taking? It is going to cost more, Ceteris Peribus, because the dollar is weak and getting weaker due to the COST OF THE IRAQ WAR.

Lastly, how do you think the world views our country since the argument was made for war? The evidence was weak and circumstantial, yet we rushed into war with Iraq thanks to hillary's authorization.

Remember, Hillary Voted FOR THE IRAQ WAR

Posted by: Sandy Klein | May 2, 2008 3:27 AM

THE IRAQ WAR IS HAVING SERIOUS NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES ON OUR ECONOMY and those who voted for the war (i.e. hillary) should be to blame for the state of the US economy.

Look how the THE IRAQ WAR is affecting the US economy...

$3,000,000,000... 3 Billion dollars PER WEEK!

That is the amount America is paying for the IRAQ WAR, PER WEEK -- money that should have been used here, at home.

Add to this:

Interest. We are financing the IRAQ WAR with borrowed money (e.g. treasuries) that carries interest; so in actuality, the war is costing the United States MORE THAN 3 billion dollars PER WEEK.

Higher oil and energy prices due to the IRAQ WAR. Instability from the war in Iraq is adding roughly 45 dollars per barrel as a premium.

High oil prices due to the IRAQ WAR mean high utility bills. Higher oil prices shifts demand to other sources of energy - gas, coal, etc. - and greater demand will raise the equilibrium price of all sources of energy -- Can you say high energy bills?

High oil prices due to the IRAQ WAR (a raw material used in the production of many goods, fertilizers, gasoline, diesel, plastics, etc.) mean high prices of goods and services -- Can you say INFLATION?

Higher trade deficit. High oil prices due to the IRAQ WAR mean a higher trade deficit because most of our oil comes from foreign sources. A higher trade deficit means more money is leaving the country than is coming into the country -- Can you say Goodbye to your hard-earned money!

The US dollar is weak and getting weaker due to the COST OF THE IRAQ WAR. Since we have a trade deficit and is growing in large part to the rising cost of imported oil, the value of goods and services we import exceeds the value of goods we export. You know that car you're thinking of buying or the computer you're using, or that trip you're thinking of taking? It is going to cost more, Ceteris Peribus, because the dollar is weak and getting weaker due to the COST OF THE IRAQ WAR.

Lastly, how do you think the world views our country since the argument was made for war? The evidence was weak and circumstantial, yet we rushed into war with Iraq thanks to hillary's authorization.

Remember, Hillary Voted FOR THE IRAQ WAR

Posted by: Sandy Klein | May 2, 2008 3:25 AM

Why is Barack Obama being held to a higher standard than Hillary Clinton, John McCain or the rest of us? Why is McCain not required to denounce the post 911 comments of Robertson, Falwell and Hagee? Why is Clinton not required to explain her association with the ultra-conservative and misogynist Coe, or why she "channeled" Eleanor Roosevelt's soul while she was in the White House? Didn't she and Bill also seek Reverend Wright's counsel post-Monica? Why didn't droves of Catholics leave the church when pedophile priests were unmasked and the Catholic church dragged its feet and refused to do anything about it? Could it possibly be that Obama is being held to a higher standard because he is black?

BTW, I'm white, female, 49, and Independent and haven't made up my mind yet, but I deplore unfairness.

Posted by: cori | May 2, 2008 12:08 AM

We must look like idiots to the rest of the world, it's such a dim bulb we are shining on Democracy with this chewed, swallowed,digested and then regurgitated non issue of the Rev. Wright and Obama link.

And we expect the Shia, Sunni and Kurds to grow up and deal with the issues.

Obama 2008... It's time we became the beacon once again.

Posted by: AverageJane | May 1, 2008 5:53 PM

UPDATED COUNTDOWN

Joe Andrew's ex DNC Head appointed by Bill Clinton supports OBAMA, THANK YOU JOE


AP Delegate Count

Victory 190 delegates

408 elected delegates remain
280 Supers uncommitted 230 current 60 to be selected
689 Total Delegates free

288.5 to 2025 Obama vs.
424.5 to 2025 Clinton

191 at stake Tuesday

Thank You Joe Edward

Go OBAMA

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 5:14 PM

Read the Illinois House of Representatives February 10, 2008 Rev. Wright Proclamation sponsored by a representative endorsed by Farrakhan and who contributed maximum to Obama


www.webofdeception.com

Posted by: Robert Lewis | May 1, 2008 4:53 PM

There will be another report from Commerce before election day. I'll put money that the second quarter will look better than the first. There will be no recession.

That won't stop Democrats from exploiting the gap between the peoples' perception and reality and playing on their fears to get elected.

We will see how that works out in November.

Posted by: Ed | May 1, 2008 4:35 PM

Above comment was posted by me.

Posted by: mkarns | May 1, 2008 3:54 PM

"The word recession has a meaning. For supporters of a candidate that has only words perhaps definitions should have meaning."

And for most voters their meaning of recession is different from what the DC number crunchers say, and their assessments of the economy are what matter more politically. The recession of the early 1990s was officially over by fall 1992, and that did a lot of good for Bush 41, didn't it?

Of course, if you want the Republicans to run on how great the economy is doing and let's have 4 more years of the same, then by all means do so. But don't cry in whatever you drink when voters don't buy it.


Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:53 PM

The word recession has a meaning. For supporters of a candidate that has only words perhaps definitions should have meaning.

Posted by: Ed | May 1, 2008 3:46 PM

Obama is still trickling in superdelegates from across the country.

OK. Just how would it look if the superdelegates decided not to pick the only Black candidate to ever run for President, if he actually had the most deligates?

Posted by: LJ Blue | May 1, 2008 3:10 PM
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Like they did not want to pick a loser. By the way, there have been several blacks who ran for president, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Alan Keyes, Shirley Chisolm, Carole Mosley Brown. Read a book Ombamahead.

Posted by: DUH | May 1, 2008 3:40 PM

"Yesterday's figures for GDP growth in the first quarter are in. No recession for you!

Try again."

81% of Americans believe the economy is in a recession. Their personal experiences matter more electorally than what some Washington number crunchers say.

There may be enough rich people out there (including the media types that think Jeremiah Wright is much more important than the economy, and maybe it is to them) and big business moguls buying enough to prop up the economy to technically keep it from a recession, but most Americans feel the economy is poor and getting worse and is already in a recession. Why should they believe what a bunch of DC bureaucrats tell them instead of their own experiences?

Posted by: mkarns | May 1, 2008 3:36 PM

Obama is still trickling in superdelegates from across the country.

OK. Just how would it look if the superdelegates decided not to pick the only Black candidate to ever run for President, if he actually had the most deligates?

Posted by: LJ Blue | May 1, 2008 3:10 PM

If you lie down with dogs, you're going to come up with fleas. And maybe ticks, ringworm, and who know what else when you do it for 20 years, you may even howl at the moon.

Now Rev. Wright has body guards for his speaking tours, from the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan's Black version of the KKK! Oh, and has a book coming out, that should be interesting for the Obama campaign.
AND
Hillary Clinton would not be required to testify in a sworn deposition as a material witness in the civil fraud case against Bill Clinton until AFTER the November election! Something about defrauding a Hollywood dot com millionaire to help Hillary Clinton obtain more than $1.2 million from him for her 2000 Senate campaign.

And they were worried about running out of money for her 2008 campaign? I don't think Bill will let Hillary's campaign run out of money. Bill Clinton earned $31 million in speaking fees between 2001 and 2005.

Posted by: LJ Blue | May 1, 2008 3:00 PM

the Bobbing-Bob; PLEASE, stop being annoying or ignorant.

President McCain stated very Plainly and very quickly(Maybe too Quickly for some), that Haggee needed to know that John's Daughters were Catholic Schooled, and he disagreed with the San Antonio Preacher's Comments about Catholics!

That's SAN ANTONIO TEXAS!

Last I checked, a little far to drive from Aridzona for Services! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 1, 2008 2:48 PM

Has McCain disavowed his association with Hagee and Parsley? Hos "spititual advisors. They believe 9/11, Katrina and AIDs stems from Gods damnation of America? They believe Islam is evil and Catholics, well nevermind. Why is the 'liberal' press giving old man McCain a free ride here?

http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/03/hagee_wright_parsley_fallwell.php

Posted by: thebob.bob | May 1, 2008 2:41 PM

What track record does Barack Obama possess in changing anything.

Faith, it's beautiful thing.

Posted by: Ed | May 1, 2008 2:39 PM

Whenever a candidate who might actually offer real change appears, there is an initial love-fest with the press, followed by an ugly attempt to knock the candidate off the pedestal with idiotic non-issues and distractions. This goes all the way back to, at least, Robert Kennedy. We remember his campaign now as a crusade, but look at old Time and Newsweek stories from the time. He was condemned as a ruthless, unprincipled, long-haired radical. 1976, Jimmy Carter was attacked because he was from the south, remember the "ethnically pure' quote? Gary Hart got his campaign derailed by his personal life that had nothing to do with his ability to be President. Finally, Bill Clinton himself had a string of attacks, from the Gennifer Flowers controversy, to Whitewater, to "I didn't inhale", to draft evasion.

The media just cannot abide anyone who really looks like he might change things. So they ignore the issues and the person and go after nonsense like this guilt by association and flag pins.

Since the last primary, the media has not talked about any real issues except the McCain./Hillary plan to give us half a tank of gas as a solution to the energy crises. Everything else is an attempt to distract the country from the possibility that Obama might actually win and change might really be possible.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:30 PM

Clinton talks about benefits of being rich. Will this make the news?

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/

Posted by: whatwilludo | May 1, 2008 2:29 PM

Obama has tried to make us believe, in various ways, that he was ignorant of Wright's radical, outrageous, anti-American and divisive views. BO has tried with, "I wasn't in church when he said those things..", "The fiery soundbites were just snippets taken out of context and his message was twisted", etc.... Now that we've heard Wright speak his mind this week, we see that those "snippets" mean what they say, whether in context or not... those are Wright's views... he has just affirmed and confirmed and stood by them at the NPC.... The "real Rev Wright" spoke out and it's plain that there's consistency in his thinking and views.... BO wants us believe that this is not the person he's known for the last 20 years... he now wants us to believe that Wright was not really his spiritual mentor after all, though he said he was in his book... He wants us to believe that he is now shocked and outraged at the things Rev. Wright just expressed, as though he has just found who this guy really is and what he really believes... Now Obama gets shocked and decides to dump Wright after their long-time close relationship and going to hear his sermons for 20 years... Seems Rev Wright is right in saying that BO says whatever will help him politically!

Posted by: Landi | May 1, 2008 2:29 PM

"While the Republicans and conservative media try to distract Americans, the economy is showing more signs of recession and the violence in Iraq is escalating"

Yesterday's figures for GDP growth in the first quarter are in. No recession for you!

Try again.

Posted by: Ed | May 1, 2008 2:22 PM

Rev. Wright? Who cares? The Republicans are going to be using every play from the Karl Rove handbook this fall regardless if its Obama or Hillary!

While the Republicans and conservative media play "hot potato" with Rev. Wright, Obama and the Democrats will be focusing on real issues such as the economy, the Iraq War, the energy policy, job growth, climate change, and health care.

While the Republicans and conservative media try to distract Americans, the economy is showing more signs of recession and the violence in Iraq is escalating (April was the most violent month in the last six months.

Obama in 2008!

Posted by: AJ | May 1, 2008 2:10 PM

go girl!

Posted by: jack | May 1, 2008 2:00 PM

Does anyone know what was "UPDATED" above (although I like how it puts the thread on top : )

Posted by: JakeD | May 1, 2008 1:52 PM

If only the press would pay as much attention to the life and times of Obama's political mentor Tony Rezko, especially given that Rezko's on trial right now on charges of influence peddling and extortion. How is that not relevant to the presidential race? Rezko and Obama have been tied to at least two Iraqi exile billionaires, one of them responsible for Europe's biggest fraud scandals back in 2003. U.S. elected officials and other Democratic Party superdelegates who endorse Obama are in for a rude awakening next year when they're up for re-election or decide to run for office in the future. But let's talk some more about Rev. Wright, hee-hee-hee... For more on the Rezko trial and other intrigue surrounding the 2008 election, see the following article:

http://www.thecityedition.com/Pages/Archive/Winter08/2008Election.html

Posted by: factcheck2 | May 1, 2008 1:48 PM

Enough already. You guys ought to go back to covering how many suits Obama owns instead of incessantly whipping up coverage of HRC's tabloid presidential election against a caricature of a black bogey man. What millenium is this?

Posted by: sean o | May 1, 2008 1:37 PM

What a stupid column. The thoughtful Obama speaks the truth in speeches. Any criticism or problems he faces can be trivialized sound bites. (Never mind that Obama has behaved as a desperate, calculating politician throughout the Wright saga.)

I have far less problem with Obama himself than I do with his army of media sychophants.

Posted by: HuckFinn | May 1, 2008 1:31 PM


CANDIDATES DIVIDED IN TWO SUPPORT GROUPS

Posted by: almanac kid | May 1, 2008 1:16 PM

Don't throw us in with Obama, he has too close ties with many homophobic preachers.

Posted by: GAYS 4 HILLARY | May 1, 2008 1:26 PM

While I don't give much credit to Rush Limbaugh (after all the guy who said calling him a clown was an insult to Bozo is the presumptive Rep nominee), his aptly named shorthand for what is going on in the Democratic party is completely appropriate. The Wright stuff appeared just in time to make the Democratic contest even more of a dead heat going into the convention.

Chaos rules, Democrats weep.

Posted by: Ed | May 1, 2008 1:22 PM

im a student, my professor told me to vote for obama, so i did:)

Posted by: zombie | May 1, 2008 1:19 PM

CANDIDATES DIVIDED IN TWO SUPPORT GROUPS

CLINTON:

Middle Class
Blue Collar
Heterosexual Women over 40
Chritians
White Voters
Latino Voters
Asian Voters
Seniors
Rural Voters
Raegan Democrats

OBAMA:

Elitists
Lower Class (controlled by the elites)
Black Voters
White Collar
Men
Homosexuals
Aethiests
College Kids
Urban Voters

MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT, THIS IS OUR CURRENT SITUATION

Posted by: almanac kid | May 1, 2008 1:16 PM

Wake up people! This man is criminal.Right now he's under investigation over the Donald Young Murder,and many other things...He will never be our next President! Why the media doesn't report this? Because they all afraid of being labeled as " Racist " for exposing him. They're waiting for someone else to make the first move. Please go to LARRYSINCLAIR0926.wordpress.com. and decide for yourself.

Posted by: Andy | May 1, 2008 1:04 PM

Frank:

Yes.

michaelceaser:

Try this thread instead: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/05/guilt_by_association.html

Posted by: JakeD | May 1, 2008 1:03 PM

I can understand politicians finding the comments by his pastor offensive and controversial, but it's reality in Black America.

Do you believe Rev. Wright's Remarks are 'Offensive and Outrageous'?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=2318


.

Posted by: Frank, Austin TX | May 1, 2008 1:01 PM

People you need to lay off of what Rev.Wright has said.He only has said what other cowards have yet to say.You are all acting as if the words came from Obama's mouth,his pastor said it,so why is Obama being held responsible,if that were the case then we all would be accountable for some of the things our friends and family has said or done,which would be unfair.We keep on with this mess and gas prices,food prices,foreclosures,and medicine prices keep rising.Democrat or Republican,Black or White don't loose our focus,The US government is killing and robbing us.

Posted by: michaelceaser@comcast.net | May 1, 2008 12:53 PM

LOL! Patrick NYC get's to Plant a Flag in THAT one!

Hillaryarious! :-D

Posted by: RAT-The | May 1, 2008 12:43 PM

That's perfect, Patrick!! May I borrow it?

Posted by: JakeD | May 1, 2008 12:36 PM

I did not have spiritual relations with that man. ----- Obama

Posted by: Patrick NYC | May 1, 2008 12:31 PM

Wright has had no idea what he is getting himself into. He will be front page fodder for all the tabloids. Look to see stories like "Wright has 10 illegitimate children" as well as the church money handling. His 1.6 million dollar house and on and on. This guy may have destroyed his life as he knew it and not for the better. O'Ryley is doing an exposé tonight on Wright's finances. This guy is going to be torn to pieces maybe end up in jail, who knows what he has really been up to. I had a friend who robed a Catholic church office. He found a small cracker box safe hidden in a wall. He cracked it open thinking he would find a few bucks, Maybe. He found $790,000 and later never even saw a story in the paper about the robbery. The truth is, this money was stolen twice. These guys who run churches handle a lot of cash. I would not trust this Wright guy as far as I could throw him. I will bet you he is dirty.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 12:31 PM

Dear Fellow Americans,

Our Great-grand Nation, the United States of America is and will face very critical "Challenges" in coming, months, years and decades.

In my professional opinion the critical characters of next would be our President are summarized as under.

1. Vision and true believe.

2. Character and compassion.

3. Presidential Temperament and Judgment.

4. Past versus future.


The one candidate among the remaining three candidates how meets all these characteristics is Senator Obama.

As an independent registered voter since 1974. I voted for Carter, voted for Reagan, voted for First and second Bush in 2000. Last interest and stopped voting.

This time we can not afford to stay on side lines and Washington stay the same. We can not afford our Greatgreat Nation to become less than what are. I need the sent message to the world, 24 hour corporate media
and minor hateful partisan media to deprive, dupe, and derail us from getting right it this.

The family, fellowship, friends, faith, funds, with freedom and fairness and without fear and favor what is at stake this time. We can do it and I am sure the people of our Greatgrand Nation will do it.

God Bless our Great grand Nation, its diverse people. Our future needs stability, security, safety, and restoration of our due status in this Global World.

yours truly,

COL.[retd] A.M.Khajawall
Forensic Psychiatrist.
Disables American Veteran.
Las Vegas Nevada.

Posted by: COL.[retd}a.M.Khajawall | May 1, 2008 12:24 PM

geez, shouldn't you be embarrassed by this "article".

it's incredibly stupid.

Posted by: kustas | May 1, 2008 12:22 PM

Why is Barry being given a "Free Pass" for his Racist Charitable Track Record?

Two Years of all Charitable Donations to ONLY Black Charities is WAAAAAYYYYYYY More Damning, than ANYTHING Cleric Wright could ever say!

Imagine ANY other Presidential Candidate Targeting ONE RACE for benefit. Sorry, But RACISM in a President is WHOLLY UNACCEPTABLE! :-(

Posted by: RAT-The | May 1, 2008 12:21 PM

Hillary DIANE Clinton will win every primary from now to the Convention ...

Posted by: JakeD | May 1, 2008 12:14 PM

Meanwhile, Obama suffered from a terrible wave of polls, with the latest poll from North Carolina showing CLINTON in the lead; also, g-e polls from FL and OH have Clinton outpacing Obama by more than 10%! Full roundup: http://www.campaigndiaries.com/2008/05/obama-suffers-worrisome-wave-of-polls.html

Posted by: Dan | May 1, 2008 12:11 PM

Facts are a stubborn thing. Obama cannot close his 20 year old relationship with Wright because there is so much video evidence against it. On the TV program THE VIEW, Obama declared that Reverend Wright accepted that his view were inappropriate and mischaracterized. That it had offended many people. Then weeks later Wright goes on a national Hate America Press Tour? This was a blatant lie. Or worse, Obama was fooled by Wright which is kind of scary. That a possible next president can be played by a character such as Wright. Check the video evidence yourselves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6J7yJ9R5p0

Posted by: Leanza Cornett | May 1, 2008 12:11 PM

"Stay tuned" indeed -- if Rev. Wright does not forcefully shoot back, then I will have to assume he was working in cahoots with the Obama campaign to take the fall -- hopefully, Wright's next "soundbites" include specific details and verifiable dates, places, witnesses ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 1, 2008 12:07 PM

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