It seems Democrats and their allies in the MSM will do anything to diminish the relationship between their likely presidential nominee, Barack Obama, and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, his demagogic pastor of twenty years. Liberal bloggers and MSM reporters act as if they’re breaking some earth-shattering news every time they uncover some crazy statement by a socially conservative pastor who has endorsed his rival this fall, Republican John McCain
This morning when I followed the link on Yahoo!’s front page to this ABC News article, McCain Pastor: Islam Is a ‘Conspiracy of Spiritual Evil’, I thought I’d be reading a piece about a recent statement by the pastor of a church the Arizona Senator had attended for many years. Instead, the network was only reporting on some anti-Islamic comments made by Pastor Rod Parsley who had endorsement McCain’s White House bid and whom the candidate praised.
The article provided no evidence the Senator had even attended the pastor’s church, much less heard any of his sermons.
These comments led former CIA intelligence officer John Kiriakou to claim, “If there is a McCain presidency, he will start with a serious handicap in the Arab world . . . the handicap is that it is already assumed in Muslim countries that they will not get a fair shake from a McCain administration.” Um, it only becomes a handicap if the media suggests, as does this article, that the next President of the United States had a close association with this pastor.
To be sure, McCain had praised Parsley, but his campaign “said the senator ‘obviously strongly rejects such statements. . . . . Just because someone endorses John McCain doesn’t mean he endorses all of their views.”
While Yahoo! headlined this ABC article earlier in the day, by the end of the day, it would lead with a headline referencing another pastor who had endorsed the Arizona Senator, reporting that the presumptive Republican nominee had rejected another evangelical leader over Nazi remarks.
Soon after learning that John Hagee “believed the Nazis did God’s will by chasing Jews from Europe,” the presumptive GOP nominee said, “Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible, and I repudiate them . . . . I did not know of them before Reverend Hagee’s endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well.”
He made clear to distinguish Hagee’s support for his candidacy for his likely fall rival’s relationship with Reverend Wright, he had not been part of Hagee’s flock:
Reverend Hagee was not and is not my pastor or spiritual advisor, and I did not attend his church for 20 years.
I have denounced statements he made immediately upon learning of them, as I do again today.
Kudos to Yahoo! for being so swift in reporting McCain’s rejection of the Hagee endorsement. I’m offering Yahoo!’s news editors praise for just doing their job. For one wonders at how swift they are to suggest McCain’s close association with the crazy views of pastors he had met only a handful of times.
Or do they just want us to think crazy views of pastors are commonplace so we can more readily disregard Obama’s longtime association with Jeremiah Wright?