Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Wright Damage to Obama Press Myth


Press Club president responds: Reynolds pitched Rev. Wright two years ago
April 29, 2008
National Press Club president Sylvia Smith responded today to a Daily News article reporting that club member Barbara Reynolds, a Hillary Clinton supporter, organized yesterday’s breakfast talk with Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr.


Say what?

Louis: Colossal disaster or press trick? ...
Posted Apr 29, 2008 4:34 AM

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright couldn't have done more damage to Barack Obama's campaign if he had tried. And you have to wonder if that's just what one friend of Wright wanted.


Answer to question: Neither. Wright's appearance at the National Press Club was not a colossal disaster, for Barack Obama as is being implied, nor was it a Press trick by one individual, a Clinton supporter as is alleged - or more - a campaign conspiracy as implied.

The Press does desire to keep the focus on Jeremiah Wright, and he apparently is only too willing to oblige. And why shouldn't he? He'll probably come out with a book in a couple of months and it will be a bestseller. Title: Best ___ **** One Man One Million Sermons in America.

The Press wants to keep the story going so they don't have to do their real day jobs and find the truth about the other Presidential candidates.

The media has failed to ask the most basic questions that a fifth-grader would ask for a school report.

While the Press asked some questions of Hillary Clinton after her speech back in March when she recalled "landing under sniper fire" on a trip to Bosnia during her husband's administration, they failed to ask:

Uh, Mrs. Clinton, why would you place your daughter's life in danger in Bosnia landing under live sniper fire? Oh, your recollection is faulty on that? You and your daughter were not in any danger - there was no sniper fire.

Having asked the question, and getting only one logical response, a videotape wouldn't even have been necessary to show the truth. Clinton would have had to answer truthfully, or look like an unfit mommy let alone an unfit Presidential candidate.

Only Clinton comes out looking good because if the same were Barack Obama recalling putting his children's lives in harm's way - he would have been deemed as having worse than poor judgement and therefore unelectable.

It took the Press months to discover John McCain has been using his wife's company's jet inexpensively to travel around campaigning. And it took the Press longer to reveal the loophole in the campaign finance laws which specifically exempts "aircraft owned by a candidate or his family or by a privately held company they control."

That amendment was passed a year ago, according to recent reports. The loophole was scheduled to be closed last December, but who knew until now with the Press negligent in carrying out its duty.

One would have thought the question would have arisen before this: Senator McCain exactly how much are you reimbursing your wife's company for use of what we've found is a company plane you're using in your campaign travels?

Our free-Press doesn't press on back-to-the past problematic situations, either. Those missing billing records, they still matter. Clinton fundraising connections with someone named, Norman Hsu.

The Keating five investigation, that still matters. Yet, reading the Press, it's as if there's nothing to see here, move on.

Instead of the old saying so aptly put: Where's the beef? We need to ask: Where's the Press?

As for Barack Obama, the Press is hungry to find something, but can't quite get there.

They've tried with the Tony Resko trial and failed to find anything directly damning against Obama.

That trial at this time raises the question: Why now? When was the last time charges of this nature were brought against anyone who was known to have been in some way associated with a Presidential candidate?

Not in our recent memories. Not even Bill Clinton's associate way back in the early '90s was investigated and charged with anything until long after Clinton was in the White House. And none of those "real estate" deals have ever been explained in full.

While Rev. Wright's appearance at the National Press Club isn't a Press trick, the way the Press is focusing on Wright's words as so objectionable he should be denounced again and again by Barack Obama, is.

Last time we all checked everybody has first amendment rights.

The best thing Barack Obama could do is ignore the media's enticements to engage in a daily refutation of a particular pastor's expressed thoughts about our government.

Obama only needs to continue to express his own thoughts about our government, which to date, he has imparted clearly enough to remain ahead in committed delegates, popular vote, and amount of Primary states actually counted as won.

The Press won't like it, because not only are they hungry for something on Obama they are starving and will soon have to look where they should have been looking all along.


Net the Truth Online)


Obama Condemns Pastor's Fiery Remarks
Says He Has Looked To Rev. Jeremiah Wright For Spiritual Advice, Not Political Guidance WASHINGTON, March 14, 2008


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McCain Frequently Used Wife’s Jet for Little Cost
Published: April 27, 2008
Given Senator John McCain’s signature stance on campaign finance reform, it was not surprising that he backed legislation last year requiring presidential candidates to pay the actual cost of flying on corporate jets. The law, which requires campaigns to pay charter rates when using such jets rather than cheaper first-class fares, was intended to reduce the influence of lobbyists and create a level financial playing field.

But over a seven-month period beginning last summer, Mr. McCain’s cash-short campaign gave itself an advantage by using a corporate jet owned by a company headed by his wife, Cindy McCain, according to public records. For five of those months, the plane was used almost exclusively for campaign-related purposes, those records show.

Mr. McCain’s campaign paid a total of $241,149 for the use of that plane from last August through February, records show. That amount is approximately the cost of chartering a similar jet for a month or two, according to industry estimates.

The senator was able to fly so inexpensively because the law specifically exempts aircraft owned by a candidate or his family or by a privately held company they control. The Federal Election Commission adopted rules in December to close the loophole — rules that would have required substantial payments by candidates using family-owned planes — but the agency soon lost the requisite number of commissioners needed to complete the rule making.


NYT: McCain frequently used wife’s jet for little cost

This article, McCain Frequently Used Wife's Jet for Little Cost, originally appeared in The New York Times.


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Roland Martin Blog

Listen to Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s 9/11 sermon
It has been discussed around the nation. So what EXACTLY did Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago say in the aftermath of the devastation on Sept. 11, 2001?

This sermon was delivered on Sept. 16, 2001 and is titled, “The Day of Jerusalem’s Fall.” Note that the “chickens coming home to roost” comment was attributed not to Wright but former Ambassador to the Iraq, Edward Peck. It comes around the 20-minute mark.

The point that I have always made as a journalist is that our job is to seek the truth, and not the partial truth.

I am also listening to the other sermons delivered by Rev. Wright that have been the subject of controversy.


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