How the establishment media has smeared black churchgoers [Karl]
Now that Barack Obama has specifically denounced some of the worst ofÃ‚Â Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s comments, the L.A. Times has deigned to ask black ministers about the controversy:
African American ministers in Los Angeles expressed angst and concern Tuesday that a fresh round of comments by Sen. Barack Obama’s former pastor was hurting the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign and skewing public understanding of the black church.
“This didn’t have anything to do with the black church — it was basically an attack on the individual message he proclaimed, which hurt some individuals,” said the Rev. K.W. Tulloss of Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church in Boyle Heights. “My own members were offended by Rev. Wright’s words. His views have cast a wedge between people, and that’s the exact opposite of the unity Jesus represented.”
Kerman Maddox, a member of First AME church in Los Angeles, said that he had listened to hundreds of sermons in black churches nationwide as part of his political and community work, and that Wright’s messages did “not represent mainstream black thought on Sunday morning.”
He said he had never heard pastors curse America or proclaim, as Wright had, that the U.S. government caused AIDS among blacks. He said the common pulpit themes had long been unity, personal responsibility, loving your neighbor and improving your neighborhoods.
But the biggest concern Tuesday among local black religious leaders — and across a wide swath of black Los Angeles — was not about Wright’s words per se but about their impact on Obama’s historic campaign…
While this story confirms that Wright’s Black Liberation Theology is a minority movement, even in urban black churches, it sadly demonstrates that some black leaders did not proactively debunk the suggestion that Wright was representative of “the black church” out of deference to Obama’s prior attempts to make the issue about race instead of religion and theology.
Perhaps worse is the degree to which the establishment media not only avoided soliciting the opinion of other black religious leaders, but also promoted the notion that Wright wasÃ‚Â expressingÃ‚Â views commonly expressedÃ‚Â within black churches.Ã‚Â The offenders in thisÃ‚Â respect already noted here at pwÃ‚Â include TIME magazine, as well as the taxpayer-fundedÃ‚Â PBS’s Bill MoyersÃ‚Â and NPR.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â The list includesÃ‚Â Andrew Sullivan, whoseÃ‚Â Obama crush has turned him into a human windsock.Ã‚Â HotAir’s Ed MorrisseyÃ‚Â notes the attempts of the New York Times and the Washington PostÃ‚Â to maintain the fiction even nowÃ‚Â thatÃ‚Â Wright’s estrangement from reality was not well-known and documented prior to this past weekend.
Those who engage in this level of intellectual dishonesty may serve Obama’s campaign and their own willingness to jump in the tank for him when he proclaimed that he could no more disown Wright than he could disown the entire black community.Ã‚Â ButÃ‚Â this effortÃ‚Â has been — and remains — a libel against the majority of black churchgoers who do not share Wright’s warped view of the worldÃ‚Â or his warped viewÃ‚Â of Christianity.Ã‚Â Moreover, by suggesting to non-black America that Wright was representative ofÃ‚Â historically black churches, such media outlets set back the cause of race relations to the detriment of all Americans.
Update:Ã‚Â In the comments, a “Lionel Hutz” (a pseudonym, I’m guessing) notes that Bill Moyers Journal is not funded by PBS or CPB.Ã‚Â Thus,Ã‚Â taxpayers are only directly funding the CPB distributing and the PBS stationsÃ‚Â airing the dishonest attempt by Moyers to rehab Wright’s image.
Update x2: HotAir-lanche!Ã‚Â (and down goes pw for 2 hours.)
Update x3: Insta-lanche!