David Axelrod on Jeremiah Wright: He was the victim of selective editing

posted at 2:30 pm on January 11, 2012 by Tina Korbe

As proof of his spin prowess, campaign crafter extraordinaire David Axelrod yesterday defended BHO’s former controversial pastor Jeremiah Wright  in a lecture in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Presenting as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series of Southern California, Axelrod said the initial news reports of Barack Obama’s long-time connection with Wright featured suspect snippets from the pastor that amounted to “ninety seconds of vitriol plucked from thirty years of sermons by some enterprising opposition researcher.” Big Government’s Joel Pollak explains why that runs contrary to all we know about Jeremiah Wright:

The claim that Wright’s sermons were selectively edited by Obama’s political opponents contradicts what is known about Wright’s preaching and the radical, racialist creed of the Trinity United Church of Christ, to which Obama belonged for two decades and to which he contributed a large amount of money.

Axelrod’s claim is also contradicted by Obama himself, who has cited Wright’s enthusiasm for radical politics as the main reason he was attracted to the church.

Axelrod brought up the Wright controversy during a lecture recounting his role as the “architect” of Obama’s rise from the Illinois state senate to the presidency. Axelrod praised Obama’s infamous “race speech,” contrasting his media skills to those of GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin. …

Clearly, Axelrod’s purpose was not to inform, but to inspire. He suggested that Obama would reiterate the “hope and change” message of his 2008 campaign in 2012, and would emphasize economic equality as well as economic growth.

Axelrod’s defense of Jeremiah Wright, however, is a sign that the Obama camp is still resisting and obscuring the degree to which Obama’s own inspirations and ideas remain outside the political mainstream.

Pollak is exactly right. In 2008, Obama actually received a pass when it came to his connection to Jeremiah Wright and other unsavory figures — and he’s likely to receive a pass again in 2012. Yet, his worldview still incorporates the lessons he absorbed as he sat in a pew in Wright’s church.

Meanwhile, the MSM never misses an opportunity to report on the religions of the GOP candidates. The double-standard is blatant — and best be turned against the media if the GOP nominee wants to beat Barack Obama. That doesn’t necessarily mean the GOP nominee needs to sound bitter and angry at the media, as Newt Gingrich often does, but it does mean he needs to master light-hearted deflection and serious record-correcting.


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If you are black and a commie

you get lots and lots of latitude, the most likely

and conversely, if you white, conservative you are on the other end of the spectrum

Eff the media

Sonosam on January 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Clearly, Axelrod’s purpose was not to inform, but to inspire. He suggested that Obama would reiterate the “hope and change” message of his 2008 campaign in 2012, and would emphasize economic equality as well as economic growth.

But don’t you dare call Obama a Marxist!/

Buy Danish on January 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM

libfreeordie

More projection than a 10 screen multiplex.

CurtZHP on January 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Jill Quadango has written a great history of the Great Society (also scathing towards Democrats) that lays out a number of reasons why the programs failed none of which have to do with welfare.

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Hotairians, I’ll give you one guess for the reason that the Great Society programs failed… are you ready? Yeah, that’s right: RACISM!!!

The Color of Welfare: How Racism Undermined the War on Poverty by Jill Quadango.

Synopsis:

“In the 1960s, the Johnson administration, through its Great Society programs, embarked on a journey to end poverty in America–failing dismally. Now, in The Color of Welfare, Jill Quadagno argues that Johnson’s War on Poverty failed because it became entangled with the civil rights movement–triggering a white backlash that stymied social programs.”

This is the trash liberals read. It pollutes their minds and souls. Sadly, libfreeordie is not alone. Millions of people read and hear this garbage and make political decisions based on it.

WordsMatter on January 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

I have a different take on this. I think Obama was told to join TUCC because that was the church where the black power base in Chicago went. It was obligatory. He needed the veneer of church membership to get elected to anything. I doubt he really attended twice a month, or even twice a year. He went there for no other reason than to be seen going there. That’s why Axelrod created this faux outrage when Wright’s sermons surfaced, because Obama really hadn’t heard many of them and they needed to change the subject, fast. – rockmom on January 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Of course that is why he joined Wright’s church. And, even with those big ears of his, he could not did not hear anything that Wright said and espoused.

SC.Charlie on January 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Actually, lib, he didn’t quote Peck. From Wikipedia:

In March 2008 the U.S. Presidential campaign of Barack Obama was affected when videos of sermons by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, his former pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ, came to media attention. In one broadcast on many media outlets, including ABC News, Wright, on September 16, 2001, referenced an appearance of Peck on Fox News before saying, “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye…and now we are indignant, because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” Wright attributed to Peck the credit for allegedly “pointing out” that “America’s chickens are coming home to roost”, a phrase Wright repeated several times. According to PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler, though Peck did cite numerous faults against America and criticized its foreign policy, “Peck never used the phrase about chickens coming home to roost. His answers were more nuanced.”

Notice the second to last sentence from Getler, Peck never used the phrase about chickens coming home to roost.

So, no, Wright was not quoting Peck.

Torch on January 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Lying piece of cr@p.

hachiban on January 11, 2012 at 3:55 PM

David Axelrod has no game. If he did, he’d realize that there is no way to rehabilitate Jeremiah Wright’s image to make him seem like a victim. By all means, Axe, let’s have a conversation about ObaMao’s mentor. #idiot

cicerone on January 11, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Oh but if you want an easy response to this question I suggest you just take a gander at the political career of Strom Thurmond to understand what happened to Jim Crow Democrats after the Civil Rights Movement ended white-only voting in the south. *HINT THEY BECAME REPUBLICANS*

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I love it when Leftists proclaim the totally shattered myth that racist Democrats became racist Dixiecrats and then became racist Republicans (all in a 12 year span in order to vote against Civil Rights as a Democrat and elect Ronald Reagan as a Republican).

The Dixiecrat myth has been shattered for quite a long time, but that fact will never get in the way of standard issue Leftist pablum.

John Hitchcock on January 11, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Twelve words that should never be far from the minds of anyone lauding the color-blind mindset of the Democrat party:

“I’ll have them niggers voting Democratic for the next two hundred years.”

The Schaef on January 11, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Urban deindustrialization has much more to do with the growth of black inner city poverty in the 70s and 80s than the Great Society.

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Yup — because Obama Party politicians demanded that factories and other businesses be shut down for environmental reasons.

Isn’t that amazing? The Obama Party deliberately destroyed the businesses that were employing black people, forced them onto welfare, and then did everything in their power to keep them there, including removing any teacher accountability standards, testing, or responsibility from unionized schools.

And then blocking vouchers so that black parents who wanted something other than union-controlled public schools had no financially-feasible way of putting their children in them.

And then pushing “women’s clinics” like Gosnell’s in which black women and babies were systematically killed.

northdallasthirty on January 11, 2012 at 4:01 PM

The problem with welfare is that it never “got off the ground?” Um, no. The problem with welfare, even after welfare reform in the 90s, is that way too many people are using it. People who don’t need it are using it because of their spending priorities. They spend like politicians of both parties do. I don’t have a problem with Great Society programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and consumer protection agencies that were created during that time. What I do have a problem with is politicians, mostly in the Democratic Party, having a problem with reforming the process in which they are dispersed, or at what age someone can receive Medicare, because they are pandering to those looking for handouts from their represenatives in both houses of Congress. I also fail to see any real benefit in creating the NEA or the CPB in lifting people out of poverty or keeping them from living in a cardboard box. So, yeah, in my opinion, LBJ did not create these programs to be used efficiently. Apparently to him money grew on trees.

NathanG on January 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

It is unacceptable. Really now, the hypocrisy is just a bit too much to handle.

libtard4ever on January 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Says the clueless Lefty hypocrite. Thanks for playing.

cicerone on January 11, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Welfare exists for one reason: the Obama Party figured out that people could be either purchased or coerced with government money.

If you are not dependent on the government for your support, you can disagree with the government. If you are dependent, you cut your own throat by disagreeing.

Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and the whole Obama Party want as many people on welfare as possible. Hence the entire ideology of the Obama Party, which is removing all checks on welfare fraud, destroying businesses, and pushing the meme that it is better economically for people to be on unemployment than to be employed.

When everyone is a serf dependent on their lord and master in office to feed them, the only way to disagree with the lord is to revolt – and starve.

northdallasthirty on January 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

I contemplated asking that libfreeordie be banned from HotAir, but I don’t think that’s necessary. In fact, it’s good to have a socialist tool around so that she/he can show us just how bankrupt and delusional the liberal/lefty worldview truly is. And libfreeordie’s rants also serve as a timely reminder of why many of us broke free from the intellectual chains of liberalism.

WordsMatter on January 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

If Axelrod (or any other liberal) wants broach this topic and desperately try to defend Wright, I say bring it on…and bring extra shovels.

Erich66 on January 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I’m surprised Axel would dare even bring up the subject of Jeremiah Wright. Good. I hope he keeps it up, because Øbama’s image is living on borrowed time, when it comes to his pal-ling around with Wright and other Marxist revo1utionaries.

petefrt on January 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

If Barack Obama truly believed what Jeremiah Wright believes then he should never have even run for the Senate or President of the United States.

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Well, he knew the Democrat Media would never ever report his association with Wright. And he was Absolutely Wright-they never did.

Keep Shoveling. You seem to do it especially well in a rapid circular direction!

Del Dolemonte on January 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

In the upcoming campaign, someone needs to SwiftBoat Øbama on his Marxist/terrorist past like they did Kerry about his war record.

petefrt on January 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM

…He hasn’t dismantled the military,

In progress

taxes on the wealthy have not been raised,

not for lack of trying

he hasn’t pulled out of Afghanistan…

yet…

More importantly, he hasn’t … pushed for greater HIV-AIDs testing in poor communities, he hasn’t waged rhetorical war against mass incarceration of poor people …

One does have to wonder why…

Wright would never have signed off on a bank bailout, instead he would’ve simply divided those bailouts by 330 million and distributed them to every American*…

* – of African descent…

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM

affenhauer on January 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Axlegrease is a complete scumbag.

ObamatheMessiah on January 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Am I the only one who can’t tell the difference between Axelrod and Dr. Phil?

deepdiver on January 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I can’t recall a time when a democrat spoke the truth. Everything the say is a lie.

darwin on January 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Well, Democrat Bob Kerrey truthfully called Bill Clinton An Unusually Good Liar.

And I do remember said Democrat Bill Clinton and many other Democrats calling Saddam Hussein a Terror Threat in 1998. They also said at the time he had WMDs.

Del Dolemonte on January 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM

I believe you missed my point. My point was not that Mr. Obama is Jeremiah Wright, or fully espouses Mr. Wright’s ideas – although, I see shades of it in Obama’s rhetoric that he is too smart to say outright. My point is Mr. Obama insulted our intelligence by suggesting that he had no idea Mr. Wright ever held such views and that he had never heard such things from Mr. Wright when he was there. And his lackeys – also known as Mainstream Media – let him get away with and the American people somehow lost good sense and let him get away with it. And now Mr. Axelrod is trying to sell us the same crap in a different package.

mlewis7299 on January 11, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I contemplated asking that libfreeordie be banned from HotAir, but I don’t think that’s necessary. In fact, it’s good to have a socialist tool around so that she/he can show us just how bankrupt and delusional the liberal/lefty worldview truly is. And libfreeordie’s rants also serve as a timely reminder of why many of us broke free from the intellectual chains of liberalism.

WordsMatter on January 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Absolutely right. The recent Hot Gas open reg has given us several of these Gifts That Keep on Giving. Their own words speak volumes.

Del Dolemonte on January 11, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Yeah, the “truth” just runs right off Axelrod’s golden tongue.

GarandFan on January 11, 2012 at 4:35 PM

There is no context to say US of KKK A or GD America the way he did and not sound like he hates the US.

If that were the case, then they could have had clips of Reagan saying things like that, right? Oh yeah, Reagan would never dare talk like that about the US or really anything to that extent.

jeffn21 on January 11, 2012 at 4:37 PM

You do know that Wright was quoting an American ambassador right? Have you watched that entire sermon?

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM

You’re wrong. Wright was actually quoting Malcom X’s 1963 speech in which he said that JFK’s assassination was “just chickens coming home to roost”?

The truth probably doesn’t fit your agenda though, huh?

Trafalgar on January 11, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Outrageous. We have another opportunity to hold Obama responsible for not just his past associations but his current associations, and the kind of extremism which his camp choses to mainstream.

Even when people like Hannity ran with the story, I don’t think they truly grasped it beyond the political convenience of exposing it….Obama shouldn’t have been electable.

contrarytopopularbelief on January 11, 2012 at 4:42 PM

In the upcoming campaign, someone needs to SwiftBoat Øbama on his Marxist/terrorist past like they did Kerry about his war record.

petefrt on January 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Calling it “Swift Boating” was the excuse the Dems used to look the other way.

In a way, using this as a political smear cheapens the reality that we have a President who worked 3 times alongside a domestic terrorist that bombed the Pentagon, and Capitol Building.

contrarytopopularbelief on January 11, 2012 at 4:48 PM

suggest you just take a gander at the political career of Strom Thurmond to understand what happened to Jim Crow Democrats after the Civil Rights Movement ended white-only voting in the south. *HINT THEY BECAME REPUBLICANS* libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Klan member Robert Byrd became Republican? Did he know this?!

Senator Ernest Hollings, D-SC: Hollings is liberal Democrat Senator from South Carolina who is also notorious for his use of racial slurs. He rose out of the Democrat Party’s segregationist wing in the 1960′s as governor of South Carolina. While in office as governor, Hollings personally led the opposition to lunch counter integration in his state. The New York Times reported on March 17, 1960 that then-governor Ernest Hollings “warned today that South Carolina would not permit ‘explosive’ manifestations in connection with Negro demands for lunch-counter services.” According to the article, Hollings gave a speech in which he “challenged President Eisenhower’s contention that minorities had the right to engage in certain types of demonstrations” against segregation. In the speech Hollings described the Republican president as “confused” and asserted that Eisenhower had done “great damage to peace and good order” by supporting the rights of minorities to protest segregation at the lunch counters.

Senator Robert Byrd, D-WV: Byrd is a former member of the Ku Klux Klan and is currently the only national elected official with a history in the Klan, a well known hate group. Byrd was extremely active in the Klan and rose to the rank of “Kleagle,” an official Klan membership recruiter. Byrd once stated that he joined the Klan because it was effective in “promoting traditional American values.”

Byrd’s racism extends far beyond his Klan membership. In a letter he wrote on the subject of desegregating the armed forces, Byrd escalated his racist rhetoric to an appalling level. In the letter, Byrd vowed that he would never fight in an integrated armed services noting “(r)ather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt (D-NY):
Appointed two notorious segregationists to the United States Supreme Court. Roosevelt appointed South Carolina segregationist Democrat Jimmy Byrnes to the court. Roosevelt later made Byrnes a top advisor, where the segregationist earned the nickname “assistant president.” Byrnes was Roosevelt’s second choice behind Harry Truman for the VP nod in his 1944 reelection bid. Roosevelt also appointed segregationist Democrat Senator Hugo Black of Alabama to the court. Black was a former member of the Ku Klux Klan with a notorious record of racism himself.

Oval Faubus… Bull Conner… George Wallace… the entire Confederacy… in fact, the Democrat Party has long been recognized as a cancer on the body politic.

Akzed on January 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM

You do know that Wright was quoting an American ambassador right? Have you watched that entire sermon?

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM
You’re wrong. Wright was actually quoting Malcom X’s 1963 speech in which he said that JFK’s assassination was “just chickens coming home to roost”?

The truth probably doesn’t fit your agenda though, huh?

Trafalgar on January 11, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Not trying to defend libfreeordie’s poor logic, but he/she is right about the Reverend quoting an ambassador. If you look up the transcript of the speech, you’ll see that Reverend Wright quotes the ambassador.

However, what libfree doesn’t discuss is that the Reverend just uses the ambassador’s quote to run down this country. Wright even uses our policy on Israel as an excuse. He might as well had his speech written by OBL (may he rest in hell).

RedinPDRM on January 11, 2012 at 5:12 PM

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM

All of the social programs are doomed because you will always run out of other people’s money. If you won’t see or can’t admit that these social programs, regardless of how they were intended, became a bought and paid for voting block for the dems and chained many from the inner city to a life of poverty, I truly feel sorry for you. You just don’t understand human nature. My best suggestion is for you to stop reading the books you cite and get some real life experience…away from those that think the same way you do.

Deano1952 on January 11, 2012 at 5:15 PM

mlewis7299 on January 11, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Excellent exposure of the lack of any logical argument in libfreeordie’s posts.

RedinPDRM on January 11, 2012 at 5:20 PM

John Hitchcock on January 11, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I went to your link, absolutely does nothing to disprove the dixiecrat argument.

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Well, that’s good enough for me. I’m guessing he ( Wright ) was taken out of context, like Moochelle was about how she loved her country.

bill glass on January 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

My point is Mr. Obama insulted our intelligence by suggesting that he had no idea Mr. Wright ever held such views and that he had never heard such things from Mr. Wright when he was there.

I agree. Barack Obama is *gasp* a politician, film at 11.

and the American people somehow lost good sense and let him get away with it.

Here we disagree. The media showed those clips relentlessly. There was a major spotlight shown on Barack Obama and he was losing poll points *big time* before he delivered A More Perfect Union. An imperfect speech, but one of the bravest moves Obama has ever made in his political career. Indeed, probably his only brave move. The speech was one of the more honest elucidations of the American race problem that a mainstream political figure has crafted in a very long time. That’s what allowed him to win over some of the independents and Democrats that he had lost.

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Akzed on January 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Nothing you said contradicts any of my arguments. It is amazing though. When leftists argue that white supremacist ideology was mainstream in politics until very recently conservatives argue that all of that stuff was “far in the past.” When conservatives think they can score political points they point out the ubiquitous white supremacy of mainstream Democratic senators, Presidents and Supreme Court justices who were a reflection of a significant portion of the United States populace. Which is it again?

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 5:28 PM

When leftists argue that white supremacist ideology was mainstream in politics until very recently

Robert Byrd, Kleagle and Grand Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan ‘retired’ from officeas recently as June 28, 2010. He was a democrat Senator.

You are partially correct.

tom daschle concerned on January 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Any idiot that says Wright is not antisemitic, anti-white, anti-American and anti-meritocracy is either Obama and his family or one of Wright’s relatives. After Obama’s famous race speech the idiot Wright came out at the National Press Corps’, (Or corpse if you are Obama), annual meeting and made a bigger fool of himself, if that’s possible. Sure old Jerry talked a lot without blasting the US or White people but that was his sermons when he was trying to get money from the fools sitting in the pews. Without Axelrod Obama would have never been elected. If he can get this empty suit re-elected he is a master of propaganda and lying.

inspectorudy on January 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I have a different take on this. I think Obama was told to join TUCC because that was the church where the black power base in Chicago went. It was obligatory. He needed the veneer of church membership to get elected to anything. I doubt he really attended twice a month, or even twice a year. He went there for no other reason than to be seen going there. That’s why Axelrod created this faux outrage when Wright’s sermons surfaced, because Obama really hadn’t heard many of them and they needed to change the subject, fast.

rockmom on January 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

There is probably a lot of truth to your points because Obama was trying to build street creds. It was Michelle Obama who influenced Barack to attend.

Also, didn’t Obama claim to have bought the sermon tapes of Wright’s in order to study them while he was attending Columbia? Or was it Harvard? Was he trying to emulate the cadence of black ministers or to study the philosophy of Black Liberation theology?

onlineanalyst on January 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Axelrod is spinning very hard to deflect the election talk away from Obama’s failures in office. Axelrod will continue to try to shape the narrative of this election.

onlineanalyst on January 11, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I went to your link, absolutely does nothing to disprove the dixiecrat argument myth.

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 5:21 PM

That’s because your argument depends wholly on myth and projection and emotionalism and lies. Your argument cannot at all hold up under the scrutiny of fact or histo-fact. Your argument also cannot hold up under the scrutiny of logic. That’s why your argument totally bombs when used around informed and intelligent people with integrity.

John Hitchcock on January 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

“America’s chickens are coming home to roost” – Rev Wright, SEPTEMBER 16, 2001

WordsMatter on January 11, 2012 at 2:47 PM

You do know that Wright was quoting an American ambassador right? Have you watched that entire sermon?

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I have watched the entire sermon. It was on YouTube in several parts and was posted in its entirety on the website of Essence magazine (my take on Essence‘s credibility here). The sermon is transcribed on the Faultline USA blog. Here’s what Wright told his followers (verbatim from the Faultline transcript):

I heard Ambassador Peck on an interview yesterday. Did anybody else see him or hear him? He was on Fox news. This is a White man and he was upsetting the Fox news commentators to no end. He pointed out. You see him John? A White man he pointed out –an Ambassador! He pointed out that what Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Mohammad was in fact true. America’s Chickens are coming home to roost!

Wright was referring to Edward Peck, a longtime diplomat, bureaucrat, and onetime ambassador to Iraq, who served in the Nixon, Carter, and Reagan administrations. Peck criticized George H.W. Bush in 1991 for his intention to attack Iraq after Saddam Hussein annexed Kuwait. Peck has said that Hezbollah is not any more a terrorist organization than the U.S. or Israeli governments. In 2010, Peck was aboard one of the ships that attempted to run Israel’s blockade of shipments to Gaza because of fears of smuggling weapons and explosives.

Indeed, on the morning of Wednesday, September 12, Ambassador Peck was on Fox and Friends (video here). In introducing him, co-host Brian Kilmeade said Peck had been asked if anything could be done to prevent such attacks in the future, and Peck replied, “No”. Peck then pretty much outlined the libertarian arguments against American intervention in general and in the Middle East in particular that we have come to expect in recent years out of the mouth of Ron Paul (complete with generalizing Islamist terrorists as representing “Muslims” en masse). To wit:

“In the midst of all of this horror, one of the things that seems to be largely ignored is the question,[...]‘Why do they hate us this much?’ … We are perceived — and perhaps accurately — as being pretty anti-Muslim [and] pretty anti-Arab…”

Peck’s screen time in that interview lasted five minutes and forty-five seconds. The Fox News hosts then shifted to a satellite interview with Joe Allbaugh of FEMA, and then Reagan Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. In all of that time, not once did Peck utter the words, “America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” which is a Malcolm X quotation following the assassination of President Kennedy. Wright said in his sermon that Malcolm was “silenced by Elijah Muhammed,” leader of the Nation of Islam, who barred Malcolm from speaking publicly for three months.

Fox News’ Bret Baier of Special Report with Bret Baier addressed Wright’s citation of Fox News in the sermon by saying the following in his mid-broadcast “Grapevine” feature on his April 28, 2008 broadcast:

The Reverend Jeremiah Wright now says he was quoting the Iraqi ambassador when he made his famous “chickens are coming home to roost” comments after the September 11 attacks.

Apparently he meant the U.S. ambassador to Iraq because during that sermon, Wright mentioned Edward Peck, who once held that position. Just days after 9/11 Wright said, “America’s chickens are coming home to roost. Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred, and terrorism begets terrorism. A white ambassador said that y’all — not a black militant. Not a reverend who preaches about racism.”

Problem is, Ambassador Peck never said “America’s chickens are coming home to roost” — nor did he suggest America engages in terrorism. Peck did make some foreign policy references in speaking about bombing Haiti, Cambodia and Panama — but said nothing about Hiroshima or Nagasaki as Reverend Wright also claimed.

So, libfreeordie, Rev. Wright was NOT “quoting an American ambassador.” He was taking the words of an American ambassador and using them for his own rhetorical purposes, much in the way he twists, stretches, and selectively edits the Bible for the purpose of using it to legitimize his personal opinions about the world. Like Michael Moore, Harry Browne, and Ward Churchill, Wright is just one of many persons who, on the morning of September 12th, confused the reasons Islamists hate America with the reasons why they do.

L.N. Smithee on January 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Tina: Long, comprehensive, link-laden comment in answer to “libfreeordie” is moderation turmoil.

L.N. Smithee on January 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM

“Turmoil”? I meant “purgatory.”

L.N. Smithee on January 11, 2012 at 6:15 PM

How do you selectively edit “Goddamn America?”

Of course, I hear Hitler had the same problem. Lots of “selective editing” in Mein Kampf.

Order a properly edited copy. Lots of heart-warming stories about Dolfie volunteering at soup kitchens and a whole chapter about conferring with a rabbi about converting.

I won’t even get into the “selective editing” in Scriptures about Lucifer.

Wright is the smelly,ugly “goo” folks used to find in dark corners of their outhouses.

Horace on January 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

In a way, using this as a political smear cheapens the reality that we have a President who worked 3 times alongside a domestic terrorist that bombed the Pentagon, and Capitol Building.

contrarytopopularbelief on January 11, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Point well taken, in that it was a lazy way for me to express it.

I will note, at the same time, that SwiftBoating was not a smear, in that it revealed the falsification of a candidate’s historical record, which is what essentially we have with Øbama. In that way, SwiftBoating, though an attack, was an honorable, truth-seeking thing. It’s the leftists who attempt to frame it as a smear, as it was the only defense available to them.

petefrt on January 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Truly, the only memorable part of Obama’s speech was his reference to his grandmother as “a typical white woman.” Now who exactly was engaging in racial stereotypes there?

onlineanalyst on January 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

That’s what allowed him to win over some of the independents and Democrats that he had lost.

libfreeordie on January 11, 2012 at 5:25 PM

You mean it wasn’t the purposely divisive Dems sending surrogates out excusing Wright away by claiming that’s just how Black Churches are?

Worse, isn’t Axelrod now discrediting the sincerity of Obama’s race speech? Why, yes…yes he is.

contrarytopopularbelief on January 11, 2012 at 6:39 PM

You mean it wasn’t the purposely divisive Dems sending surrogates out excusing Wright away by claiming that’s just how Black Churches are?

contrarytopopularbelief on January 11, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Yes, I remember that. And accusing us of being racists for daring to criticize it.

petefrt on January 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Every single time the words “Mormon”, or “Catholic convert”, or “Evangelical extremist” are brought up, Republicans should counter with “Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity Church”, “Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity Church”, Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity Church”. Even Oprah couldn’t handle that one. A little snippet of “Black Nationalist Marxism” thrown in wouldn’t hurt.

RebeccaH on January 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM

RebeccaH – It’s not enough to bring it up, and it has to be so as not to equate a Black Nationalist fringe cult Church created as a response to the Nation of Islam, with Mormonism, Catholicism, or even Evangelicals.

The discussion shouldn’t give them the chance to deflect as they did with Palin’s Church. They have no concern for hypocrisy.

The goal should be to EDUCATE.

Most American’s do not grasp what Trinity Church is about.

Most American’s do not grasp who the Weather Underground were/are.

Nobody should be able to get away with comparing them to Black Churches, or smaller denominations, or Peace Activists, respectively.

contrarytopopularbelief on January 11, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Trinity Church members used to hawk cassette tapes of “sermons” on street corners in Chicago. I first noticed them in, oh, the mid 1980s, maybe earlier. Someone should still have a few lying around. If found and played – case closed, Axe.

Just for the record: “he (BO) hasn’t … pushed for greater HIV-AIDs testing in poor communities…,” not true. Read this article from the Chicago Sun Times: http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/7680344-452/fraud-case-targets-grants-awarded-by-president-obamas-friend.html

The meat: “Under (Eric) Whitaker (one of Obama’s best vacation & golf pals), the Illinois Department of Public Health awarded Margaret A. Davis — the former program director of the Chicago Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association — a no-bid contract and seven AIDS- and cancer-related grants that became part of her $500,000 (+) cash-siphoning scheme, prosecutors say.”

MayorDaley on January 11, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Nobody should be able to get away with comparing them to Black Churches, or smaller denominations, or Peace Activists, respectively.

contrarytopopularbelief on January 11, 2012 at 7:03 PM

+100%

petefrt on January 11, 2012 at 7:45 PM

It is my understanding that the church used to sell CDs of Reverend Wright’s sermons.

Did no one have the foresight to purchase some of these recordings when Obama was running for the Senate, or when he announced his run for President?

Really, no one? Not even Hillary’s oppo research? I know Repubs are too trusting to do oppo research. Either that or they don’t know what to do with it.

schmuck281 on January 11, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I think much of what’s available did originate from Trinity’s own gift shop itself…. Has anyone checked to see what’s on sale now? Wright doesn’t strike me as the type to pull large quantities of stock.

contrarytopopularbelief on January 11, 2012 at 10:59 PM

If I close my eyes, it’s difficult for me the tell the difference between Axelrod and Wasserman Schultz because their spin is equally moronic. However, when my eyes are wide open I can readily identify the speaker; Axelrod’s mustache is a bit grayer.

Oracleforhire on January 12, 2012 at 12:53 AM

RebeccaH on January 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Yup. I’m proud to be a Catholic — where it isn’t racial theology which is spoken from the pulpit, but the teachings of the Lord. As for Mormons and “Evangelical extremists” — I’ll let them speak on their own concerning the true diversity of their respective faiths.

Listening to the good Reverend Wright speak, I get the definite feeling that he damned me — or at least tried, for I doubt sincerely that he is a man of God. It’s like the Muslims who believe that their atonement for sin will occur when God shows them a Christian or a Jew and tells them that said person is their release from a mountain of sin. There is no personal responsibility for sinful behavior — it’s all someone else’s fault — someone else’s responsibility.

unclesmrgol on January 12, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Hewbris

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Karl Magnus on January 12, 2012 at 9:21 AM

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