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NY Times reignites Obama / Wright rift... and changes headlines

Monday, April 30, 2007

When acclaimed New York Times writer Jodi Kantor first wrote about the rift between Presidential candidate Barack Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the response from the Trinity UCC minister was fury: Wright ripped Kantor for "engaging in one of the biggest misrepresentations of the truth I have ever seen in sixty-five years". Kantor reignites the rift with another story today about Obama and Wright. From the New York Times:
“Reverend Wright is a child of the 60s, and he often expresses himself in that language of concern with institutional racism and the struggles the African-American community has gone through,” Mr. Obama said. “He analyzes public events in the context of race. I tend to look at them through the context of social justice and inequality.”

Despite the canceled invocation, Mr. Wright prayed with the Obama family just before his presidential announcement. Asked later about the incident, the Obama campaign said in a statement, “Senator Obama is proud of his pastor and his church.”

In March, Mr. Wright said in an interview that his family and some close associates were angry about the canceled address, for which they blamed Obama campaign advisers but that the situation was “not irreparable.” adding, “Several things need to happen to fix it.”
Unlike his pastor, Obama took the high road when asked about his relationship to Wright: “Those are conversations between me and my pastor.”

On a side note, the New York Times online edition changed the headline for the story 42 minutes after it was originally posted. This is the screenshot from Google News:

The second headline is much less inflammatory than the original but it does suggest that the Times has an obsession with Obama and his relationship to his minister.
posted by UCCtruths, Monday, April 30, 2007

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