Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Yesterday’s News

Only today, now that suitable reactive statements have been issued by the Obama campaign, the Boston Globe actually reports yesterday’s news to readers; the propositions at the core of the controversy surrounding Rev. Jeremiah Wright:

Answering questions submitted by reporters on Monday, Wright praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as "one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century," and said it's possible that the US government created the AIDS virus and introduced it into the black community...

While these remarks actually were reported in the Globe yesterday, the reports were buried deep in background material. Today’s act of journalistic backtracking was accurately predicted yesterday by blog reader flymorgue:

Prepare yourself for the 'inverted article' tomorrow where the Globe writers are tasked with describing Obama's disavowal of an incident of which Globe readers are ignorant. It is such a classic Globe style, perfected in the Swiftboat days, of explaining a response first, and then the 'response to' in the second paragraph.

Actually it was the 7th paragraph, but that’s an improvement. Peter Canellos, the Chief of the Globe’s now 1-man Washington bureau also writes on the Wright story, also one day late:

Now, after Obama's uncategorical repudiation yesterday of the man who presided at his wedding and the baptism of his daughters, voters and other political observers will inevitably wonder what took so long - and how Obama could have misjudged someone to whom he was very close.

Globe readers (or C-Span watchers at least) were wondering about this yesterday, too.

Unlike Canellos, Globe political columnist Scott Lehigh applies a low quality smokescreen:

What's really relevant here is not what Jeremiah Wright says but what Barack Obama believes.

The issue voters are weighing does not concern Mr. Obama’s beliefs, but rather his judgment, as Canellos correctly observes.

The Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal site today carries a column by Heather McDonald of City Journal that reports what still remains unmentionable in the Globe at least, that is the content of Wright’s remarks before the NAACP Sunday night in Detroit:

At the NAACP meeting, Mr. Wright proudly propounded the racist contention that blacks have inherently different "learning styles,"… Pursuing a Ph.D. by logging long hours in the dusty stacks of a library, Mr. Wright announced, is "white." Blacks, by contrast, cannot sit still in class or learn from quiet study, and they have difficulty learning from "objects" — books, for example — but instead learn from "subjects," such as rap lyrics on the radio. These differences are neurological…Whites use what Mr. Wright referred to as the "left-wing, logical and analytical" side of their brains, whereas blacks use their "right brain," which is "creative and intuitive."

It seems that many of the very people in politics and media who so often claim to be longing for “a national dialog on race” are at this very moment too squeamish to even mention these propositions of Rev. Wright, let alone say to anything even slightly critical of them. The Globe has been completely silent.

Some dialogue.

And this squeamishness remains despite the fact that Wright’s NAACP speech was televised live on CNN (and remains on YouTube with segments here and here). Heather McDonald concludes that:

Mr. Wright's speeches have shown how quickly academic insanity becomes incorporated into practice.

Indeed. Just ask Lawrence Summers.

5 comments:

Mohamed said...
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Harry said...

Mohamed,

Sorry but I have removed your comment. You are welcome to post such ideas on your own blog.

Chris said...

Somewhere along the way, we ought to interject this: 'You are judged by the company you keep.' Wright will be Obama's undoing, and it will be for that very simple reason.

flymorgue2 said...

Obama has not addressed the NAACP speech, which he'd like to lump in with the Press Club debacle, but will (at least should) trail him, esp. as the Wright summer tour continues.

Any Trinity Church members leaving after these 'startling revelations'? What did Michelle know, and when did she know it? Would Bill Moyers like to retire now? How about Peggy Noonan, too, after waxing ridiculous over Obama's "Cooper's Union" speech on race (stale but still available on DVD for a $30 contribution!).

flymorgue2 said...

One more thing: the article turned out not really 'inverted.' The Globe appears to assume that its readers are getting the news from elsewhere and its content is simply spin. And no one will pay for spin.