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Study: Broadcast Networks Fell Down on Covering Jeremiah Wright
News Busters ^ | 3/15/08 | LJayne

Posted on 03/15/2008 4:32:53 PM PDT by LJayne

As Jeremiah Wright's screaming sermons have gone from ABC across the media in the last 24 hours, many are asking: where were the networks on this story? It sounds like Obama's minister is less versed in the audacity of hope than in the audacity of hate. A Nexis search of network transcripts shows that up until now, Obama's church and minister have been barely mentioned -- and usually as an Obama defense mechanism.

Up until this week, NBC has done nothing. CBS has devoted about a minute to controversy in a February 28 CBS Evening News story. ABC's Jake Tapper offered Obama's church-and-minister defense three times in November and December.

On ABC's World News with Charles Gibson on November 16, Tapper offered a generic story on negative phone calls and e-mails, including anti-Mormon calls against Mitt Romney and suggestions Obama was a Muslim. Obama said: "There are a variety of nasty e-mails going out. This is similar to the e-mails that's, e-mails that have been floating around that says I am, you know, I'm a Muslim plant who's planning to take over America, you know? This would surprise my pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ."

On November 19, Tapper repeated a version of that on Good Morning America. Tapper ended a report: "The Internet, of course, is where even more malicious information can be spread at the speed of light such as these false e-mails claiming that Barack Obama is a Muslim operative, which Obama jokes his pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago would find surprising."

On the December 5 edition of Nightline, Tapper reported Hillary Clinton had to fire a county chairman in Iowa for forwarding an e-mail accusing Obama of secretly praying to Allah. Obama's clip was run again: "This is similar to the e-mail that's, e-mails that have been floating around that says I am, you know - I'm a Muslim plant who's planning to take over America. You know, this would surprise my pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ."

On the February 28 CBS Evening News, reporter Dean Reynolds dug deeper into the emerging Farrakhan-endorsement issue:

REYNOLDS: No flag pin on his lapel? No hand on his heart that one time? Opponents call it unpatriotic. Is he a Muslim? The whispering persists no matter how often Obama debunks it.

OBAMA: I've been going to the same church for 20 years, praising Jesus.

REYNOLDS: That church is the Trinity United Church of Christ. Self-described as unashamedly black, with an emphasis on African culture, the church has been targeted by critics who call it separatist, racist and anti-Israel.

OBAMA: I consistently have not only befriend the Jewish community, not only have I been strong on Israel, but more importantly I've been willing to speak out even when it's not comfortable.

REYNOLDS: Obama has said the church's former pastor and his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright, "is like an old uncle who sometimes will say things I don't agree with." Among Wright's pronouncements, that racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run. A church-related publication saluted Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, a well known anti-Semite, who in turn has praised Obama's candidacy as recently as last Sunday.

Mr. LOUIS FARRAKHAN: I love that brother.

REYNOLDS: A gesture Obama rejected Tuesday night after some prodding.

OBAMA: There's no formal offer of help from Minister Farrakhan that would involve me rejecting it. But if the word reject, Senator Clinton feels, is stronger than the word denounce, then I'm happy to concede the point and I would reject and denounce.

Up until the Brian Ross report, CBS was the only network to do the barest shadow of a report that could make Obama's campaign a little more difficult. Even Reynolds left out a few details. Farrakhan won the "Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award" to a man who "truly epitomized greatness" -- in 2007. Where were the media on that? Doesn't this divisive minister of Obama's cause a serious problem for a candidate who's been sold as a uniter, not a divider?

Why, this late in the primary season, are we still discovering that they haven't asked any of the hard questions? We are starting to see the same disturbing pattern we saw with John Kerry in 2004. The media didn't see its job as vetting John Kerry as he told everyone he was the bravest of war heroes. When the men who fought with him on the swift boats told a different story, the media tried to ignore them.

The media was saying "print the legend," and suggested that when opponents try to vet the Democrat, when they try to do the job a supine media blatantly failed to do, it was then the media's job to vet the opponents and question their sincerity, not vet the Democrat.

The news media doesn't see its job as informing the electorate. They see their job as getting the Democrat past the electorate.

—Tim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jeremiahwright; newsblackout; nobama; obama

1 posted on 03/15/2008 4:32:55 PM PDT by LJayne
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To: LJayne

Ya Think


2 posted on 03/15/2008 4:36:23 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: LJayne
More Hillary Spam Ping -absurd?

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3 posted on 03/15/2008 4:38:03 PM PDT by Chief_Joe (From where the sun now sits, I will fight on -FOREVER!!!)
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To: LJayne

The MSM have run this country for 40 years.

And here we sit, still whining about it.

When are we going to compete?


4 posted on 03/15/2008 4:38:14 PM PDT by roses of sharon (Who will be McCain's maverick?)
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To: LJayne

The left-leaning news media always does a bad job of informing us of anything. It’s pitiful.


5 posted on 03/15/2008 4:40:17 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Get Reid. Salazar, and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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To: LJayne
Since most of the sheeple don't have a long attention span, what is the single best and most concise article and/or compilation of videos that captures the flavor of the Wright story?

I am looking for something that can be used to educate those who might give this 5 minutes of their time before drinking the kool-aid. Most folks won't spend more than that, I am afraid.

6 posted on 03/15/2008 4:41:10 PM PDT by nvskibum
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To: roses of sharon

As conservatives, we should be taking a more active role in combatting the leftist drivel that seems to dominate our culture. It’s not going away by itself. It’s become ingrained in our culture, and people are at work every day to make sure it stays that way.


7 posted on 03/15/2008 4:42:22 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Get Reid. Salazar, and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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To: popdonnelly

how do we change it? really? i know fox leads the ratings and one would think other would follow. i know the newspapers are willing to go down a sink hole over their ideology but when and how does this grip on education and news outlets change to reflect the middle ground?


8 posted on 03/15/2008 4:43:52 PM PDT by Republic Rocker
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To: Chief_Joe

Thanks for the helpful list. I seem to have missed a couple.


9 posted on 03/15/2008 4:44:19 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: popdonnelly
Inform?

They are the DNC propaganda division or Dems with press passes.

10 posted on 03/15/2008 4:46:48 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: hsalaw

Yeah. When is the last time we’ve seen any actual discussion on the ramifications of electing Hillary. Do you look forward to Hillary’s Supreme Court nominations and her picks to head various federal agencies?


11 posted on 03/15/2008 4:49:25 PM PDT by Chief_Joe (From where the sun now sits, I will fight on -FOREVER!!!)
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To: Chief_Joe

Lighten up. We all know the ramifications of electing Hillary. You may disagree, but I think she’s a weaker candidate than Obama because so many people know her and hate her already, and Obama’s pretty much an unknown. Until now.


12 posted on 03/15/2008 4:54:25 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: hsalaw

Both McClain and Hillary have the ability to push their agendas through. I don’t think Obama has that ability.


13 posted on 03/15/2008 4:57:00 PM PDT by Chief_Joe (From where the sun now sits, I will fight on -FOREVER!!!)
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To: LJayne

No they haven’t. They are going to blame the examination of reverend Wright’s comments on The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, and label us as the racists.


14 posted on 03/15/2008 4:57:14 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: hsalaw
LOL, pass the smelling salts, Hussein's fainter's are on the attack!
15 posted on 03/15/2008 4:58:04 PM PDT by roses of sharon (Who will be McCain's maverick?)
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To: nvskibum
I am looking for something that can be used to educate those who might give this 5 minutes of their time before drinking the kool-aid. Most folks won't spend more than that, I am afraid.

I'd like to get my hands on the full video of Rev-Wright's rantings that Fox News has been airing. The You Tube excerpts left out quite a bit.

16 posted on 03/15/2008 4:58:18 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Chief_Joe

Obama and his surrogates will play the race card on a daily basis in order to force his agenda through. we’ll end up being so constricted by PC that we’ll collapse.


17 posted on 03/15/2008 4:59:09 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Chief_Joe

Good catch. This one signed up today.


18 posted on 03/15/2008 5:00:43 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: roses of sharon
We are, it's just not happening fast enough for any of us. It's a long slow process.
19 posted on 03/15/2008 5:00:51 PM PDT by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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To: PGalt
Maybe. My guess the DBM will just let it ride like so many other issues and hope the news cycle on the racist reverend goes away.
20 posted on 03/15/2008 5:03:07 PM PDT by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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To: LJayne
OBAMA: I've been going to the same church for 20 years, praising Jesus.

........Waiting for the terrified mobs in the media running to and fro warning us all about THEOCRACY.... A president who worships Jesus running America as a catastrophe..... We must uphold separation of church and state....

((( crickets chirping )))

21 posted on 03/15/2008 5:07:59 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: al baby

Rush should put in a call to Brian Williams...


22 posted on 03/15/2008 5:10:06 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: LJayne
“Surprise, surprise, surprise!” Gomer Pyle
23 posted on 03/15/2008 5:15:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: Chief_Joe
More Hillary Spam Ping -absurd?

Good catch. H! just opened up a new front.
24 posted on 03/15/2008 5:27:55 PM PDT by caveat emptor
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To: Chief_Joe

So what?


25 posted on 03/15/2008 5:30:52 PM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: rodguy911
Maybe. My guess the DBM will just let it ride like so many other issues and hope the news cycle on the racist reverend goes away.

That is another option. Good post, rodguy911.

26 posted on 03/15/2008 5:53:18 PM PDT by PGalt
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