The Apologist MSM and Jeremiah Wright (Updated)

Pablum like this reminds me why I never watch networks like CNN:

From CNN contributor, Roland Martin

As this whole sordid episode regarding the sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has played out over the last week, I wanted to understand what he ACTUALLY said in this speech. I’ve been saying all week on CNN that context is important, and I just wanted to know what the heck is going on.

I have now actually listened to the sermon Rev. Wright gave after September 11 titled, “The Day of Jerusalem’s Fall.” It was delivered on Sept. 16, 2001.

One of the most controversial statements in this sermon was when he mentioned “chickens coming home to roost.” He was actually quoting Edward Peck, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and deputy director of President Reagan’s terrorism task force, who was speaking on FOX News. That’s what he told the congregation.

Really? How come Martin doesn’t give a link or direct source to Peck’s “quote”? I did some searching on the internet for anything remotely similar to what Peck is purported to have said, and nothing even comes close.

He’s a “troofer” moonbat, and his signature appears with other loonies on the “9/11 Truth Statement” (Link: http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20041026093059633), but he did not say anything about ‘chickens coming home to roost’ in reference to 9/11.

The quote about ‘chickens coming home to roost’ is also attributed to black radical Malcolm X:

On December 4, 1963 Black Muslim Minister Malcom X delivered a speech titled “God’s Judgment of White America”. This speech more famously become known as “The Chickens Come Home to Roost” speech because of an answer Malcom X gave in response to a question following the speech. The question posed to Malcom was about the late President John Kennedy who had been assassinated less than two weeks prior. Malcom responded that “the Presidents death was a case of ‘chickens coming home to roost’ – that the violence that Kennedy had failed to stop had come back to him, this resulted in the Elijah Muhammad [Nation of Islam leader] silencing him.” He added that “Chickens coming home to roost never made me sad. It only made me glad.”

Link: http://www.intelligentconservatism.com/?p=32

Academic intelligentsia wackjob, Ward Churchill, also referenced the phrase during his ‘Little Eichmans’ speech.

His sermon thesis: (According to Martin)

1. This is a time for self-examination of ourselves and our families.

2. This is a time for social transformation (then he went on to say they won’t put me on PBS or national cable for what I’m about to say. Talk about prophetic!)

“We have got to change the way we have been doing things as a society,” he said.

Wright then said we can’t stop messing over people and thinking they can’t touch us. He said we may need to declare war on racism, injustice, and greed, instead of war on other countries.

“Maybe we need to declare war on AIDS. In five minutes the Congress found $40 billion to rebuild New York and the families that died in sudden death, do you think we can find the money to make medicine available for people who are dying a slow death? Maybe we need to declare war on the nation’s healthcare system that leaves the nation’s poor with no health coverage? Maybe we need to declare war on the mishandled educational system and provide quality education for everybody, every citizen, based on their ability to learn, not their ability to pay. This is a time for social transformation.”

3. This is time to tell God thank you for all that he has provided and that he gave him and others another chance to do His will.

By the way, nowhere in this sermon did he said “God damn America.” I’m not sure which sermon that came from.

This doesn’t explain anything away, nor does it absolve Wright of using the N-word, but what it does do is add an accurate perspective to this conversation.

The point that I have always made as a journalist is that our job is to seek the truth, and not the partial truth.

I am also listening to the other sermons delivered by Rev. Wright that have been the subject of controversy.

And let me be clear: Where I believe he was wrong and not justified in what he said based upon the facts, I will say so. But where the facts support his argument, that will also be said.

Link: http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/03/21/the-full-story-behind-rev-jeremiah-wrights-911-sermon/

Speaking of money, Roland: More money is wasted on pork-barrel spending and welfare queens who are just as allergic to birth control as they are job hunting. Not enough spending is being done on eliminating illegal aliens, and preventing them and terrorists from getting into the country.
Money spent on the war against Islamofascist swine, who want to turn the whole planet into a Caliphate, is money well spent. 

We need to declare war on the attitudes and behaviors–dirty needle sharing among drug addicts, promiscuous, unprotected sex among prostitutes and gay men–that perpetuate AIDs.  We need to declare war on teacher’s unions, who encourage sub-standard, politically correct classroom lessons and environments, in the name of ‘education’.  We need to get it through the heads of all those who subscribe to the Hillary health care idea, that socialized medicine does not work.  Just ask the Canadians, Russians, and Cubans.

Roland, your analysis, like your spin, is sloppy. Like most other Obama groupies, you don’t even bother to hide your syrupy affection.

You claim not to know which sermon in which Wright uttered the “God Damn America” statement, but it’s been broadcast ad nauseum.

Here’s a link to the YouTube video, in which he clearly and loudly proclaims:

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q49Ly5CwkvI

“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people,” he said in a 2003 sermon. “God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

It’s interspersed with rants against “whitey”.

The “mission statement” on the church website:

We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain “true to our native land,” the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.

Link: http://www.tucc.org/about.htm

Can you imagine the brouhaha if it had been a “white” church engaging in this type of ethnocentric doctrine?

Every time a leftwing media simp tries to explain the behavior of Democrats and their associates, my bullshit meter pegs out.

Jeremiah Wright and the Trinity United Church of Christ engage in religious celebration of mass-murder, racist rhetoric and hatespeech, and a blatant display of anti-American disloyalty.

But don’t you dare question their behavior.

Additional research by the folks at Sweetness and Light:

The full story behind Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s 9/11 sermon
Editor’s note: CNN Contributor Roland Martin has listened to several of the sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright from Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Portions of the sermons have been excerpted in recent stories.

As this whole sordid episode regarding the sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has played out over the last week, I wanted to understand what he ACTUALLY said in this speech. I’ve been saying all week on CNN that context is important, and I just wanted to know what the heck is going on.

I have now actually listened to the sermon Rev. Wright gave after September 11 titled, “The Day of Jerusalem’s Fall.” It was delivered on Sept. 16, 2001.

One of the most controversial statements in this sermon was when he mentioned “chickens coming home to roost.” He was actually quoting Edward Peck, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and deputy director of President Reagan’s terrorism task force, who was speaking on FOX News. That’s what he told the congregation.

He was quoting Peck as saying that America’s foreign policy has put the nation in peril:

“I heard Ambassador Peck on an interview yesterday did anybody else see or hear him? He was on FOX News, this is a white man, and he was upsetting the FOX News commentators to no end, he pointed out, a white man, an ambassador, he pointed out that what Malcolm X said when he was silenced by Elijah Mohammad was in fact true, he said Americas chickens, are coming home to roost.”

Mr. Martin’s absurd gloss has now been picked up by the lunatic left on the internet and in the rest of the media.

But an objective reading of the above excerpt and viewing of the clip show that this is not what Mr. Wright said.

Wright: “[Peck] pointed out that what Malcolm X said when he was silenced by Elijah Mohammad was in fact true, he [Malcolm] said Americas chickens, are coming home to roost.”

It is abundantly clear to any fluent speaker of the English language that Mr. Wright was merely claiming that Mr. Peck’s remarks bore out the truth of Malcolm X’s phrase. He was not quoting Mr. Peck.

That is, Mr. Wright is not saying, as Mr. Martin claims, that Ambassador Peck used the expression “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

Weirder still, according to Lexus-Nexis Mr. Peck does not even seem to have appeared on Fox News until October 5, 2001.

And that appearance is after the date of Mr. Wright’s sermon, if the usually given date is accurate.

UN Deal With Iraq, FOX NEWS NETWORK, HANNITY & COLMES (21:00 ET), February 24, 1998, Tuesday, Transcript # 022401cb.253, News; International, 3797 words, Robert Wexler; Edward Peck, Sean Hannity; Alan Colmes; Eric Shawn

The War on Terror, Fox News Network, FOX THE HUNT FOR THE KILLERS (22:41), October 5, 2001 Friday, Transcript # 100503cb.260, News; International, 2558 words, Edward Peck, Frank Gaffney, Chris Kozlow, Mohammed Suhail Shaheem, Rita Cosby

War on Terror Interview With Ravan Farhadi and Edward Peck, Fox News Network, FOX NEWS EDGE (22:18), October 10, 2001 Wednesday, Transcript # 101002cb.260, News; International, 2393 words, Ravan Farhadi, Edward Peck, Linda Vester, Greg Palkot

War on Terror Interview With Edward Peck, Fox News Network, FOX NEWS EDGE (22:52), October 11, 2001 Thursday, Transcript # 101105cb.260, News; International, 1164 words, Edward Peck, Linda Vester

Interview With Michael Waller and Ed Peck, Fox News Network, WAR ON TERROR: THE HUNT FOR THE KILLERS (22:30), January 30, 2002 Wednesday, Transcript # 013004cb.260, News; International, 1732 words, Michael Waller, Ed Peck, Rita Cosby

According to the transcripts, Mr. Peck did not once utter the expression that “America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” or anything like that, in any of his appearances on Fox News.

Furthermore, again according to Lexis-Nexus, Mr. Peck appeared on only one other television show in that time frame — on CNBC. Where again, there was no mention of chickens or roosts.

Link: http://sweetness-light.com/archive/wright-credited-malcolm-x-for-chickens-line

For all of Wright’s bluster about ‘poverty’, he never quite experienced that himself:

OBAMA’S PASTOR RAISED IN PRIVILEGE, NOT POVERTY

by: Morton A. Klein

How do I know?

It happens that, as a Philadelphian, I attended Central High School – the same public school Jeremiah Wright attended from 1955 to 1959. He could have gone to an integrated neighborhood school, but he chose to go to Central, a virtually all-white school. Central is the second oldest public high school in the country, which attracts the most serious academic students in the city. The school then was about 80% Jewish and 95% white. The African-American students, like all the others, were there on merit. Generally speaking, we came from lower/middle class backgrounds. Many of our parents had not received a formal education and we tended to live in row houses. In short, economically, we were roughly on par.

I attended Central a few years after Rev. Wright, so I did not know him personally. But I knew of him and I know where he used to live – in a tree-lined neighborhood of large stone houses in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. This is a lovely neighborhood to this day. Moreover, Rev. Wright’s father was a prominent pastor and his mother was a teacher and later vice-principal and disciplinarian of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, also a distinguished academic high school. Two of my acquaintances remember her as an intimidating and strict disciplinarian and excellent math teacher. In short, Rev. Wright had a comfortable upper-middle class upbringing. It was hardly the scene of poverty and indignity suggested by Senator Obama to explain what he calls Wright’s anger and what I describe as his hatred.

Link: http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_spine/archive/2008/03/24/thoughts-on-wright.aspx

I e-mailed Roland Martin over not providing the link to Peck’s supposed quote. He responded by accusing me of being “lazy”.
I replied by linking the above information and telling him to do his homework before he opens his piehole.

Such is the ‘journalistic’ quality of reporting of organizations like CNN and people like Roland Martin.
Facts are skewed in favor of agenda.

Kinda like Rev. Wright’s sermons.

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