Obama Repudiates Ex-pastor

30wright Senator Barack Obama, saying that he’d had enough, forcefully repudiated his former pastor yesterday and declared that racially charged remarks made by the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. contradict “all that I stand for.”

Obama said he had tried to give Wright “the benefit of the doubt,” but decided to disavow Wright after the minister’s nationally televised appearance on Monday reignited a lingering controversy on the eve of two crucial Democratic presidential primaries.

The Illinois senator said Wright’s appearance, including his dismissal of Obama’s attempts to defuse the controversy as political posturing, “was a show of disrespect to me” and “an insult to what we’ve been trying to do in this campaign.”

Wright, he added, is no longer “the man I met 20 years ago.”

When I say I found his comments appalling, I mean it . . . Anybody who has worked with me, who knows my life, who read my books, who has seen what this campaign is about will understand it is completely opposed to what I stand for and where I want to take this country,” Obama said at a news conference in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The condemnation was a dramatic shift for Obama, who had tried to navigate a personal and political minefield: maintaining a relationship with the minister who brought him to Christianity, performed his wedding, and baptized his two daughters, while distancing himself from Wright’s most incendiary sermons and trying to quell a controversy that threatened to undermine Obama’s campaign’s focus on racial unity.

Answering questions submitted by reporters on Monday, Wright praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as “one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century,” and said it’s possible that the US government created the AIDS virus and introduced it into the black community. He also said he’s become a victim of “unfair accusations taken from soundbites” that have developed into an “attack on the black church launched by people who know nothing about the African-American religious tradition.”

William Galston of the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan Washington think tank, said Obama had to disavow Wright, the former pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, but added that the controversy has already taken a toll on Obama’s campaign. Galston said the most recent polling data show that Obama’s substantial lead over Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival, is narrowing in North Carolina and that Clinton is gaining ground in a neck-and-neck race in Indiana.

“I would be surprised if [Obama’s statements] made it go away. It’s certainly helpful,” he said. “But I think that Senator Obama will be lucky if this dies down before people are voting in the primaries” Tuesday… [emphasis added]

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I have to agree.  More than any other single factor, media dwelling on Wright’s campaign for self-aggrandizement is responsible for stalling Obama’s campaign in recent weeks.


The Truth About McCain and MLK Day

…McCain claimed to have voted against a federal holiday before changing his mind a “very short time after that.” But McCain voted against the federal holiday in 1983, opposed a state holiday in 1987 (four years later), opposed a new federal holiday in 1989 (six years later) and voted against funding for the commission established to encourage all states to recognize the King holiday in 1994—11 years after his vote. Although, when you’ve been around the block for as long as McCain has, maybe 11 years feels like a short time. [emphasis added]

Inserted from <Crooks and Liars>

McBigot is just another GOP liar who has not yet learned that we, unlike the MSM, won’t let his lies go unchallenged.

O’Lielly Attacks Moyers

faux_news On PBS’s Bill Moyers Journal last night, Moyers interviewed Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, whose controversial remarks created a political storm last month.

Reacting to advance excerpts of the interview, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly attacked Moyers on his show last night, calling him a “far left PBS guy” who is “extreme” and “pathetic.” At the end of his Talking Points Memo segment, O’Reilly suggested that Moyers and Wright should “take a long vacation, perhaps in Iran.”

Watch it:

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At the time of O’Lielly’s attack, the interview had not yet aired.  We need to start boycotting his advertisers.

Rush: Riot in Denver!

26limbaugh I know how tiresome it can get to play one of my favorite parlor games: “Imagine if a Democrat had said this.” But I’m trying to imagine what the response would be if, say, a host on Air America Radio told listeners how helpful it would be to Democrats if people started a riot at the Republican National Convention.

Because that’s what Rush Limbaugh seemed to tell his listeners this week about the Democratic convention in Denver.

Talk show host Rush Limbaugh is sparking controversy again after he made comments calling for riots in Denver during the Democratic National Convention this summer.

He said the riots would ensure a Democrat is not elected as president, and his listeners have a responsibility to make sure it happens.

“Riots in Denver, the Democrat Convention would see to it that we don’t elect Democrats,” Limbaugh said during Wednesday’s radio broadcast. He then went on to say that’s the best thing that could happen to the country.

When callers suggested it’s probably inappropriate for a radio host to call for violence at a political convention, Limbaugh clarified: “I am not inspiring or inciting riots, I am dreaming of riots in Denver.”…

…Limbaugh’s website told visitors: “Screw the world! Riot in Denver!”… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <The Carpetbagger Report>

I’m appalled that Limbaugh could stoop to such a statement, but in truth, he does mirror the hopes and strategy of the GOP. There is much more I could say about this, but since Keith Olbermann and Rachael Maddow said it far better, I’ll turn it over to them.

All articles cross-posted from Politics Plus

Murdoch Moving to Buy Newsday

23Murdoch Rupert Murdoch is moving to tighten his already-imposing grip on American news media, striking a tentative deal to buy his third New York-based paper, Newsday, and getting his first chance to appoint the top editor of The Wall Street Journal, after the resignation of the editor on Tuesday.

His $580 million bid for Newsday and his urgency in remaking The Journal worry his competitors and cause angst in many newsrooms, including his own. And both moves are vintage Rupert Murdoch, a man who operates his sprawling News Corporation like an old-style media mogul, making big bets on old and new media — bankrolling the new Fox Business Network, aggressively pursuing a deal for Yahoo, and buying Dow Jones & Company, publisher of The Journal, for far more than analysts thought it was worth. And that was just in the last year… [emphasis added]

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Many times you have asked in comments why the stories here are not echoed in the MSM.  This is the answer.  Our press is captive to Rupert Murdoch and others of his ilk.  Eight days ago, I posted a list pf what Murdoch owns.  If you missed it, click HERE.

North Carolina Democratic Debate Canceled

22Circus Katie Couric won’t get her debate after all.

After several weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations with the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the North Carolina Democratic Party said Monday it was canceling plans for an April 27 debate that would have aired on CBS following “60 Minutes.”

Clinton had immediately agreed to the debate, which would have been held in Raleigh, but Obama’s camp wanted to wait until after Tuesday’s primary in Pennsylvania. But the logistical questions and concerns had become so great that the debate couldn’t continue without a commitment from Obama.

That leaves hanging CBS News and Couric, who had staked out a claim to this debate and had given prime TV real estate — following “60 Minutes” — in order to assure the debate. An earlier attempt to hold a debate with Couric and “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer last December in Los Angeles was canceled due to the writers strike… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <Reuters>

Frankly, I’m thrilled at this news.  If I thought there was half a chance that we’d have an authentic debate on real issues, I’d love to watch it, but the US broadcast MSM cannot be trusted not to turn it into another infotainment media circus, and given that Couric is such a lightweight, I can’t see this being anything better than the ABC fiasco.

Newt Reveals Fear Card Agenda

19gingrich Yesterday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich visited Drew University in New Jersey, where he took questions from 20 political science majors there. When one asked him how the government could justify stripping rights from Americans in such pieces of legislation as the Patriot Act, Gingrich said that the government has a “right to defend society,” and when under threat, “people will give up all their liberties“:

“If there’s a threat, you have a right to defend society,” Gingrich said. “People will give up all their liberties to avoid that level of threat.“

Gingrich is directly contradicted by Benjamin Franklin, who rejected the notion that one should give up one’s liberties out of fear:

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

This disagreement is significant, because Gingrich considers Franklin one of his heroes… [emphasis original]

Inserted from <Think Progress>

Not only did Newt contradict one of his favorite heroes, but also he revealed the key to the GOP agenda for dismantling our Constitution.  As long as they can keep us in fear, they believe we will ba-a-a-a-a-a-a-a like Faux Noise sheep.  Are we people, or are we sheeple?