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Edward Klein On Obama And Wright

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

When we convened here on May 25, the topic of discussion was the media’s renewed ardor for Barack Obama now that the president appears to be facing a tough reelection challenge.

The matter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright was cited as a prime example of the skewed coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign. When journalists were finally forced to acknowledge Wright’s existence after months of hoping he’d somehow disappear, their sympathy for Obama – and even Wright himself– was all too clear. Just two brief examples:

Washington Post writer Sally Quinn lamented to PBS’s Charlie Rose, “To see his [Jeremiah Wright’s] career completely destroyed by three 20-second sound bites, all of the work he has done, his entire legacy gone down the drain, has been absolutely devastating to me – to him, sorry…. We are still a racist country…. I think that so many white people who had never been inside a black church were absolutely shocked by the tone and language that they heard [from Wright]…. I think it brought out a lot of latent racism.”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper, prefacing a story about Wright’s anti-American sermons, complained that “We’re running it [videos snippets of Wright’s speeches] because – like it or not, legitimate or not – it has become an issue…. All this seems to have nothing to do with actual issues that the country is facing, which these candidates should be talking about and we probably should be talking about.”

Ladies and gentlemen, your allegedly objective media at work.

The issue of Jeremiah Wright and his relationship with Obama is being given new life by Edward Klein in his recently released book The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House.

(The generally dismissive reception accorded Klein’s book by the mainstream media is indicative of the protective cover Obama enjoys from the nation’s chattering class. Klein, after all, is a veteran journalist whose resume includes service as foreign editor of Newsweek, back when Newsweek was a serious publication, and editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine. The Monitor is pleased to note that notwithstanding some less than laudatory reviews, the book is number one on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list.)

Klein points out that for many years Obama would begin speeches to black audiences by saying, “I bring you greetings from my pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.”

Klein also writes that “Until Obama married Michelle Robinson in 1991, when he was thirty years old, his most significant adult relationship was with Jeremiah Wright. His connection to Wright ran long and deep, and went back further than has been generally reported. It started well before Obama joined Wright’s congregation…where the pastor’s sermons on Black Liberation theology encouraged a victimization mentality among his black parishioners.”

Wright, Klein writes, “became far more than a religious and spiritual guide to Obama; he was his substitute father, life coach, and political inspiration wrapped in one package. At each step of Obama’s career, Wright was there with practical advice and counsel…. It would be no exaggeration to say that Jeremiah Wright…prepared him to run for president.”

When Rolling Stone magazine in 2007 published a detailed account of Wright’s radicalism, the media ignored the story for more than a year. As Klein puts it, “One could only imagine how these journalists would have behaved if the shoe had been on the other foot and…President George W. Bush had sat for twenty years in a white-supremacist church and listened to anti-black rants.”

ABC News investigative correspondent Brian Ross finally broke the media silence in March 2008 when he broadcast videotapes of Wright ranting from the pulpit. He told Klein he “was surprised that no one else had picked up on the Jeremiah Wright story and pursued the videotapes.”

And – pay attention here – Ross added that “not everybody at ABC News was thrilled that I ran with the story. People who liked Obama were not happy with me. In fact, my story ran on ‘Good Morning America’ but was never picked up by ‘World News Tonight.’ ”

Can anyone imagine a more devastating indictment of a news organization?

Jason Maoz

Tibbi’s Roundup: Bibi, Terrorist Lady, Rabbis, Parents, Children, and the Stuff In-Between

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Our roundup today concludes with parental anxieties, which all of us with and without children share. It reminded me of the joke about a father and his son who go into a restaurant and order soup. The soup arrives boiling hot, but the steam was trapped below the grease.

The son drank a spoonful and his mouth was burnt so badly, he started to cry.

His father asked him why he was crying and the boy said, I remembered my dead mother.

The father then also poured a hefty spoonful into his mouth and he, too, started to cry.

His son asked, Why are you crying?

And the father said, I’m crying because she didn’t take you with her…

BIBI REX

Sultan Knish is turning the Netanyahu-Mofaz pact into a thriller. I would read it if I were you. I think it’s good enough for Rolling Stone magazine, if Rolling Stone magazine had any sense.

Bibi the Survivor Before Sharon, two conservative Israeli Prime Ministers were forced out by American pressure over the peace process. One of those men was Netanyahu. Since Begin met Carter, there has never been a relationship as bad as the one between Netanyahu and Obama. If Clinton wanted Netanyahu gone, Obama wants him gone on a rail. And that makes Netanyahu’s position dangerously precarious because in any election or coalition deal, Washington D.C. is the shadow player. Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish

Those who remember Shaul Mofaz’s and Kadima’s role in the demolition of thousands of Jewish homes in Gush Katif, were aching for the moment when both would have imploded, come the promised September elections. The fact that the moment was clipped angers Paula R. Stern.

Bibi Challenging Israel’s Democracy By all polls I have seen lately, the Likud was in for a smashing victory in the election that will never be. Kadima was headed for self-implosion. Bibi has become their lifeline – betraying tens of thousands (likely more) of his “supporters.” Years ago, Sharon took my vote and betrayed it. Last year, after 10 years as a Likud member, I took my vote back. It will not be with my vote that Bibi extends his mandate; it was not my support he betrayed last night. Paula R. Stern, A Soldier’s Mother

NATURAL BORN KILLER LADY

Numerous Palestinian sites and institutions, including a few inaugurated by the Palestinian Authority, bear her name: a public square, a computer center, soccer tournament, and summer camp. Imagine someone in Dallas, Texas, setting to meet at Lee Harvey Oswald square, if LHO murdered 37 people.

Terrorist Dalal Mughrabi Again Presented as Role Model for Youth The Palestinian Authority practice of honoring Dalal Mughrabi and presenting her as a role model for youth continues. In 1978, a group of terrorists led by Dalal Mughrabi sailed from Lebanon to Israel to carry out a terror attack. They hijacked a bus and killed 37 Israeli civilians.

Palestinian Media Watch has reported that the PA regularly presents Mughrabi as a Palestinian hero and role model by naming sporting events, summer camps and even schools after her. Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Palestinian Media Watch

SINGLES FOR CHANGE

The item below sounded interesting enough for a link. It also sounds like something women should be able to do on May 20th, while that other event is going on with guys only. Let me know if you went and how it came down.

iChange: Inside the Activists’ Studio’s Sarah From Over a decade of work in nonprofits, I saw how lack of sleep, email overload, unmindful leadership, and inadequate personal organization could hinder the work. As I began to experiment with different strategies and tools to manage my own workload, I became more interested in the bigger picture. That is, how does the way we work for social change reflect the values we are fighting for? And what’s the cost if we’re changing our communities and the world but running ourselves into the ground in the process?  The work I do now is to help social change leaders and organizations identify new ways of working that promote sustainability, productivity, and alignment with purpose and values. Pursue

Thanks to JewSchool for the link.

IS THERE A RABBI IN THE HOUSE?

There was a guy in my shul in New York who used to respond, when someone would call him “Rabbi,” by saying, in Yiddish, “Du bist alein a gonnif” (You are a thief all by yourself – loosely translated). This to suggest that the term Rabbi may have lost some clout over the years.

Tibbi Singer

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