There has been a lot of media flogging lately about what Rev Wright, Obama’s pastor said. I do not expect less in an election year. My father used to tell me that if you want to hear your family’s scandal, go into politics. Your opponent will fish out all the stones they can possibly haul at you. But I kind of like Obama’s response, he took it beyond the level of his distractors, and got a 40 minutes free media time to give a speech that has been compared in some quarters as a variant of ‘I have a dream’.
But one cannot deny media hypocrisy in this thing. It seems the press wants to be an important kingmaker for the next US president. They seem to exercise their influence at any given opportunity. Initially they were on Hillary, but when she accused them of double standard, they switched their blade on Obama. And they seem to be drawing some blood, from Louise Farrakhan to Tony Rezco, and now Rev. Wright. I kind of like the way this commentator put it here;
‘When Senator Obama's preacher thundered about racism and injustice Obama suffered smear-by-association. But when my late father -- Religious Right leader Francis Schaeffer -- denounced America and even called for the violent overthrow of the US government, he was invited to lunch with presidents Ford, Reagan and Bush, Sr’
What I smell here is a media confused about their role in an historic election. I wonder how history will judge them later……oh, I’ve forgotten that they are the ones that will write history through the documentaries, blogs and Wikipedia entries.