This Is Why Media Gets a Bad Name

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Do we not speak out of our own mouths?

This was published a year ago and referenced presently ad nauseum like it was written yesterday. Good people out there…we have some work to do. Sensationalism is now fact?

I guess questioning this insolence is unpatriotic as well? Hypocrites! Like I wrote in a comment in another thread, I fell asleep to Fix [sic] news last evening. I painfully awoke to three White conservatives making totally inaccurate assumptions of the Black church as if they were fact. The main piece of trash was that Blacks on a whole consider Rev. Wright a crackpot in the pulpit and that he was like 1 out of 10 Black preachers. Oh yeah? How would they know? That would be akin to a Black man like me knowing exactly what goes on in the local synagogue. I would never comment on something I know not.

Come to the ‘hood and see Big Mama shout then report back to the masses. Don’t be sceered because of all the excitement. Oh take a Barack Obama/Jeremiah Wright fan with you…you’ll need it. We uplift our own despite our collective flaws and it’s a shame we have to disassociate with those we love because YOU said so just to win an election.

Do you do the same with your buddy or bff? You know the one who calls us nigger in your home, your car, in your latest movie, or at your local bar?

Does that make you unpatriotic because you have not or do you consider yourself more American because you continuously let it slide?

Thanks Pop for the email

March 11, 2007

Jodi Kantor
The New York Times
9 West 43rd Street
New York ,
New York 10036-3959

Dear Jodi:

Thank you for engaging in one of the biggest misrepresentations of the truth I have ever seen in sixty-five years. You sat and shared with me for two hours. You told me you were doing a Spiritual Biography of Senator Barack Obama. For two hours, I shared with you how I thought he was the most principled individual in public service that I have ever met.

For two hours, I talked with you about how idealistic he was. For two hours I shared with you what a genuine human being he was. I told you how incredible he was as a man who was an African American in public service, and as a man who refused to announce his candidacy for President until Carol Moseley Braun indicated one way or the other whether or not she was going to run.

I told you what a dreamer he was. I told you how idealistic he was. We talked about how refreshing it would be for someone who knew about Islam to be in the Oval Office. Your own question to me was, Didn’t I think it would be incredible to have somebody in the Oval Office who not only knew about Muslims, but had living and breathing Muslims in his own family? I told you how important it would be to have a man who not only knew the difference between Shiites and Sunnis prior to 9/11/01 in the Oval Office, but also how important it would be to have a man who knew what Sufism was; a man who understood that there were different branches of Judaism; a man who knew the difference between Hasidic Jews, Orthodox Jews, Conservative Jews and Reformed Jews; and a man who was a devout Christian, but who did not prejudge others because they believed something other than what he believed.

I talked about how rare it was to meet a man whose Christianity was not Just in word only. I talked about Barack being a person who lived his faith and did not argue his faith. I talked a bout Barack as a person who did not draw doctrinal lines in the sand nor consign other people to hell if they did not believe what he believed.

Out of a two-hour conversation with you about Barack’s spiritual journey and my protesting to you that I had not shaped him nor formed him, that I had not mentored him or made him the man he was, even though I would love to take that credit, you did not print any of that. When I told you, using one of your own Jewish stories from the Hebrew Bible as to how God asked Moses, What is that in your hand?, that Barack was like that when I met him. Barack had it in his hand. Barack had in his grasp uniqueness in terms of his spiritual development that one is hard put to find in the 21st century, and you did not print that.

As I was just starting to say a moment ago, Jodi, out of two hours of conversation I spent approximately five to seven minutes on Barack’s taking advice from one of his trusted campaign people and deeming it unwise to make me the media spotlight on the day of his announcing his candidacy for the Presidency and what do you print? You and your editor proceeded to present to the general public a snippet, a printed sound byte and a titillating and tantalizing article about his disinviting me to the Invocation on the day of his announcing his candidacy.

I have never been exposed to that kind of duplicitous behavior before, and I want to write you publicly to let you know that I do not approve of it and will not be party to any further smearing of the name, the reputation, the integrity or the character of perhaps this nations first (and maybe even only) honest candidate offering himself for public service as the person to occupy the Oval Office.

Your editor is a sensationalist. For you to even mention that makes me doubt your credibility, and I am looking forward to see how you are going to butcher what else I had to say concerning Senator Obama’s Spiritual Biography. Our Conference Minister, the Reverend Jane Fisler Hoffman, a white woman who belongs to a Black church that Hannity of Hannity and Colmes is trying to trash, set the record straight for you in terms of who I am and in terms of who we are as the church to which Barack has belonged for over twenty years.

The president of our denomination, the Reverend John Thomas, has offered to try to help you clarify in your confused head what Trinity Church is even though you spent the entire weekend with us setting me up to interview me for what turned out to be a smear of the Senator; and yet The New York Times continues to roll on making the truth what it wants to be the truth. I do not remember reading in your article that Barack had apologized for listening to that bad information and bad advice. Did I miss it? Or did your editor cut it out? Either way, you do not have to worry about hearing anything else from me for you to edit or because you a re more interested in journalism than in truth.

Forgive me for having a momentary lapse. I forgot that The New York Times was leading the bandwagon in trumpeting why it is we should have gone into an illegal war. The New York Times became George Bush and the Republican Partys national The New York Times played a role in the outing of Valerie Plame. I do not know why I thought The New York Times had actually repented and was going to exhibit a different kind of behavior.

Maybe it was my faith in the Jewish Holy Day of Roshashana. Maybe it was my being caught up in the euphoria of the Season of Lent; but whatever it is or was, I was sadly mistaken. There is no repentance on the part of The New York Times. There is no integrity when it comes to The Times. You should do well with that paper, Jodi. You looked me straight in my face and told me a lie!

Sincerely and respectfully yours,

Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Senior Pastor
Trinity United Church of Christ

14 Responses to “This Is Why Media Gets a Bad Name”

  1. MODI says:

    The Obama truth must come via the blogosphere… the hitjob has been ridiculous…

  2. michelle says:

    Modi,

    I’m with you. I’m so sick of the media coverage of Rev. Wright. What’s sad is some people don’t do their homework, are uninformed voters and listen to this crap.

  3. mcbias says:

    It’s easy to take a pastor’s words out of context and make him look bad. I’m unfortunately too busy to look into all his words, but having seen previous coverage of spiritual services before, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was being quoted out of context. I’d quote I Corinthians 2:14, ha, but it’s a little mean to do so…

  4. mizzo says:

    Seriously, this is an important time for White America. If they vote a republican in after what we’ve all gone through the last eight years, they have no one to blame but themselves.

    Whites, it time to seriously look in the mirror and understand the moment. All this talk that the nation has changed is bullshit. Look on any message board across this nation when the topic is race and you will see some of the sickest most racist comments since Emmitt Till died.

    We all should hold ourselves accountable, but damn sure so should you.

  5. Miranda says:

    I will only repeat something my father says to me and my siblings everytime we’re all home and sitting talking, debating, laughing and eventually lamenting about the state of this union…….”you dont’ know’em, like I know’em”.

  6. mizzo says:

    Ain’t that the truth. My pop used to say the same thing.

  7. mizzo says:

    Where’s Friedman? I want to see what hypocrisy he references as the bones fly out of his mouth.

    Perfect time to write something Friedman. Scared?

  8. Jerold Wells Jr says:

    Theory is great and I loved WEB DuBois idea of the dichotomy of being ‘Black’ and ‘American’ really fits here. You can be both. You can be concerned about the injustices your people face and be patriotic. You can be a proud American and demand accountability from the powers that be. It’s possible to be both pro black and pro America. That being said. I’m very impressed with Obama, his rhetoric, and his ideals. I really think he can run this country. I also think he is smart enough to tap folks with the expertise to address our economic woes, our international troubles, our exhausted military, and the class warfare going on in our country. Also let’s give this fiasco with his pastor a break. On many levels our spiritual leaders speak to us and inspire us. They do not however control us. That’s called being in a cult. Obama’s not drinking Kool Aid in South America. Enough already

  9. thebrotherreport says:

    Since when did America care about what a Black pastor had to say. They been ignoring them! What Jeremiah Wright said has been said for years from the streets, prisons and the pulpit.

  10. sankofa says:

    I feel no joy or sense of “I told you so’s” in injecting a little pessimism into this conversation, but …

    …”If you do not understand White Supremacy (Rascism) What it is, and how it works everything else that you understand, will only confuse you” Dr. Neely Fuller Jr. (1971)

    There is your truth and my truth and then there is truth. The third one usually never enters in the equation when dealing with “folly tricks”

  11. MOD says:

    Mizzo, did you just call for Friedman?

  12. Mizzo says:

    Yeah I called for his punk ass ;) He only comes ’round hurr when the plot thickens, so I’m a little skull shocked he’s not here with his Whig mindset speaking his divisive flame.

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