The Obama-Wright saga continues…

… and I’m getting sick of it.

Obama’s ex-pastor, Jeremiah Wright, has been making the rounds in the media. Wright’s biggest splash came at the National Press Club on Monday. You can watch part one of his speech here (The other parts are available from that page).

Wright’s performance has elicited this strongly worded condemnation from Obama:

But seriously. Why is this such big news? All Wright did was repeat the controversial things he said before (Here are my thoughts on Wright’s original controversial comments). Obama had already disassociated himself from those remarks.

More importantly, why should this garner so much attention from the mainstream media? Is anyone even claiming that Obama’s relationship with Wright calls into question Obama’s ability to govern? Anybody?

Come on people, we’re in the middle of an occupation, Afghanistan and Pakistan are still safe havens for terrorists, gas is over $4 a gallon in some areas of the U.S., there are riots from high food prices, etc. Does anyone in the mainstream media even think about asking the candidates about these problems and ,you know, analyzing their answers?

5 Comments

  1. Ian

    I think the biggest problem is the media is giving Wright a voice when he maybe doesn’t deserve one. The guy is using this as an opportunity to spout off and he is saying some pretty ridiculous stuff. Then it gets worse cause anything Wright says is wrongly associated with Obama. I mean yeah Obama is sort of attached to Wright, but Wright certainly doesn’t speak for him and the media shouldn’t expect him to answer for everything the guy says.

  2. Ian

    Oh and the big question we really need to be asking candidates is how they can explain the fact that all of them will have trillions in budget deficits under their proposed platforms.

  3. Chris

    I mean yeah Obama is sort of attached to Wright, but Wright certainly doesn’t speak for him and the media shouldn’t expect him to answer for everything the guy says.

    Precisely. Are there any politicians out there who haven’t at one point in time been associated with some inflammatory individual?

    Oh and the big question we really need to be asking candidates is how they can explain the fact that all of them will have trillions in budget deficits under their proposed platforms.

    I read something recently about how Obama’s plans would increase the deficit but not nearly as much as Clinton’s. McCain’s plans were actually worse since he wanted to cut taxes. I wish I could remember where I read all that…

  4. Ian

    I think that article was in the NY Times, but I don’t remember exactly. I do remember that McCain was far worse than either Democrat. Still, the point is not who is worse, but that all candidates are either making false campaign promises or being fiscally irresponsible.

  5. Tenshinhan

    I think that Obama felt he had to directly address the Wright issue as firmly as he could in light of the Reverend’s reappearances and behavior at the NPC. It does bother me that he chose to diss Farrakhan and completely discredit some of Wright’s statements though.

    As for the media attention, I’ve heard many people that question the kind of judgement Obama possesses because of his relationship with Wright, and also those who wonder if it foreshadows Obama’s potential policymaking in the White House. So while there may be far more pressing issues to discuss, I think this is important enough to deserve the media coverage.