Brian Fitzpatrick

Schieffer touched on Obama’s first problem coming out of the Wright fiasco, credibility. Obama has repeatedly claimed he didn’t hear Wright preach the sermons in which he made his infamous remarks. During his “race in America” speech in Philadelphia, however, Obama admitted he was aware that Wright held extreme views.

Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in the church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely…

So, are we seriously to believe Obama was, like Captain Renault in Casablanca, “shocked, shocked” to find out Rev. Wright had been preaching hatred in the pulpit? Obama implied in North Carolina that Pastor Wright’s views had changed for the worse since he “met him 20 years ago,” but Wright’s philosophy was in place long before that. Wright’s church adopted a radical philosophical statement, The Black Value System, in 1981.

After credibility, judgment. Obama has admitted he knew about Wright’s “controversial” views. So why did he remain in Wright’s church? Did Obama lack the judgment and gumption to turn away from his “outrageous” pastor and find a new church home?

Inquiring journalists should want to know.

The most important question is Obama’s philosophy. Is it possible that Obama remained at Wright’s church because, generally speaking, he agreed with Wright? How deeply has one of America’s three leading presidential candidates been infected by paranoid radicalism?

These are the questions the media need to ask, and Obama needs to answer believably, before the Wright controversy can be set aside. Americans need to know where Barack Obama stands.

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick, a writer, editor, and commentator on political and cultural issues, is the Senior Editor at Media Research Center’s Culture & Media Institute.

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