Brent Bozell

The Bill Moyers PBS interview of Barack Obama's longtime minister, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, underlined once again that our tax dollars don't fund programs championing racial harmony. They fund programs that celebrate black radicals, militants and kooks. Moyers came to Reverend Wright's side not to condemn him or even challenge him, but to praise him and defend him. As he implored Wright to explain his "God damn America" sermon, Wright at least said he was free in America to denounce America. To which Moyers replied: "Well, you can be almost crucified for saying what you've said here in this country."

Bill Moyers wants us to see Jeremiah Wright as the Jesus Christ of our time?

Moyers cast him as a demonized victim: "Did you ever imagine that you would come to personify the black anger that so many whites fear?" All this was pandering of the worst sort, since the Wrong Reverend Wright and his mouthpieces have been talking up the idea of the media crucifying him, even as the Obama-loving media have labored to downplay his speeches and keep him out of the headlines. Wright lapped up every ounce of sympathy Moyers brought, and fully agreed that he and Martin Luther King have been "crucified by corporate-owned media," since they are willing to decry racism, militarism, capitalism and America.

He accepted the Moyers premise: "That's true. But you can be crucified, you can be crucified publicly, you can be crucified by corporate-owned media. But I mean, what I just meant was, you can be killed in other countries by the government for saying that. Dr. King, of course, was vilified. And most of us forget that after he was assassinated, but the year before he was assassinated, April 4, 1967, at the Riverside Church, he talked about racism, militarism and capitalism. He became vilified. He got ostracized not only by the majority of Americans in the press; he got vilified by his own community."

Pardon me if I can't exactly remember Walter Cronkite vilifying Martin Luther King for opposing the Vietnam War.

Wright's answer underlines something that our race-obsessed press is missing. This controversy is not simply about race. This minister is a radical leftist. Along with leftists like Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson, Wright loves how Reverend King denounced the American war machine in that 1967 speech, as this "demonic destructive suction tube," and smeared black and white American soldiers, who allegedly would unite in destroying the poor Vietnamese: "we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would hardly live on the same block in Chicago."

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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