March 19, 2008
|CONTACT: COLLEEN O’BOYLE or TIM SCHEIDERER
BOZELL: MEDIA IN FULL DAMAGE CONTROL MODE TO PROTECT OBAMA
– Since last Thursday when Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s anti-American
and bigoted video clips were first aired, the media have gone into
full damage control mode to minimize their impact on Senator Barack
Obama’s Presidential campaign.
networks have refused to broadcast some of the most egregious of
Wright’s railings. On the Sunday after 9/11, Rev. Wright blasted
America as a supporter of terrorism and crowed that “America’s
chickens are coming home to roost.” But this inflammatory comment
has yet to be shown on the ABC, CBS or NBC evening news shows.
after Obama’s Tuesday speech to expressly address the issue, the
three network evening newscasts skewed its coverage -- not focusing
on what it said about Obama's judgment but by admiring his success
in "confronting" the issue of "race in America" in an
MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews called it “worthy of Abraham Lincoln”
and “the best speech ever given on race....one of the great speeches
in American history.” On NBC, Washington Post editorial writer
Jonathan Capehart asserted "it was a very important speech for the
nation. It was very blunt, very honest" and so "a very important
gift the Senator has given the country."
media would roundly denounce a Conservative who refused to forswear
a relationship with an avowed racist -- Obama, however, has been
hailed as honorable for standing by a friend in his hour of need.
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos said, "By refusing to renounce Reverend
Wright that was in many ways an act of honor for Senator Obama."
Bozell was appalled:
“Reverend Wright is an anti-American bigot who has ‘preached’ racist
rage for decades. Senator Obama chose Wright as his pastor,
attended his services for nearly twenty years and invited Wright to
perform his marriage and baptize his daughters. The media have gone
out of their way to minimize these facts in order to protect Obama’s
media have spun Obama’s speech on the issue away from his refusal to
disavow Wright into some sort of a general proclamation on race in
America -- and somehow found nobility in Senator Obama’s stubbornly
clinging to this horrendous human being. It is yet another pathetic
“The media know the
detrimental effects that the honest, fair reporting of Jeremiah
Wright would have on Barack Obama. Their cowardly coverage is
shameful damage control to protect Obama’s quest for the
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