Second, paradoxically, a good part of the reason that this Wright controversy has created such a big furor in relation to Obama’s campaign is not that some of the statements in Rev. Wright’s sermons are absolutely ludicrous and absurd, but that they do actually have a kernel of truth and may at least be debatable statements. In contrast, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee John McCain’s active solicitation for, and his actually obtaining, a public endorsement from the Evangelist Pastor John Hagee has barely created a small ripple in the media and the press, even though Pastor Hagee made statements, to the effect that Katrina was God’s scourge against New Orleans residents for sins such as tolerating gays, that the Catholic Church is the “whore” on the earth, etc., which are so ludicrous and absurd that most ordinary American citizens would not even dwell on them for long or treat them as statements made by sensible people at all.
Conservatives so dominate the media, TV in particular that their outrageousness has in a away become mainstream. At least mainstream in the sense it doesn’t cause much of an outrage. Wright’s so-called “damn” sermon has been played numerous times on cable news, yet where is the repeated playing of the tape where minister and former Republican canidate for president Pat Robertson along with the late Republican cheerleader Jerry Falwell blamed the United States for 9-11,
FALWELL: The ACLU’s got to take a lot of blame for this.
ROBERTSON: Well, yes.
FALWELL: And, I know that I’ll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say, “You helped this happen.”
ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we’re responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the court system.
Most people think McCain is getting by without the scrutiny that is being focused on Senator Obama, Poll: More people think the media have been ‘easier’ on McCain.
Alabama Paper Reports Yet Another Iraq Vet Suicide — With Mother Watching. Republicans have been both shrill and comical in their claim to be the party that cares the most about rank and file military, but like the Walter Reed Hospital scandal and this ” possible that the suicides and psychiatric mortality of this war could trump the combat deaths.”. It is more and more obvious to all but the dead end wing-nuts that are have serious mental problems of their own that Republicans in general see the servicemen and women of this country as nothing but tools of the Right’s agenda. They can say all the high minded politically correct rhetoric about how much they care, their actions and lack of active concern about vets becomes more obvious with each monthly scandal.
Is the NYT letting one of its well known Bush genuflectors try to sell America on another war with lies that seems eerily similar in tone to the ones about Iraq, ‘NYT’ vs McClatchy on Iran’s Link to Iraqi Insurgents
Michael Gordon, the military writer for The New York Times who contributed several false stories about Iraqi WMD in the runup to the U.S. attack on Iraq in 2002, has written several articles in the past year about Iran’s alleged training of Iraqi insurgents — or supplying them with weapons to kill Americans. He produced another major report on this subject for today’s Times – based solely on unnamed sources — which is at odds with an account from McClatchy’s Baghdad bureau.
Gordon asserts that “Militants from the Lebanese group Hezbollah have been training Iraqi militia fighters at a camp near Tehran&hellipAn American official said the account of Hezbollah’s role was provided by four Shiite militia members who were captured in Iraq late last year and questioned separately.
“The United States has long charged that the Iranians were training Iraqi militia fighters in Iran, which Iran has consistently denied, and there have been previous reports about Hezbollah operatives in Iraq.
“But the Americans say the reports of Hezbollah’s role at the Iranian camp offer important details about Iranian assistance to the militias, including efforts Iran appears to be making to train the fighters in unobtrusive ways.”
But McClatchy has a quite different take.
Leila Fadel, the bureau chief, and Shashank Bengali report: “The Iraqi Government seemed to distance itself from U.S. accusations towards Iran Sunday saying it would not be forced into conflict with its Shiite neighbor. And Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki ordered the formation of a committee to look into foreign intervention in Iraq.