ArchPundit on Russert, Farrakhan


Timmeh took his cue from Richard Cohen in the Washington Post column:

Barack Obama is a member of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama’s spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright’s daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said “truly epitomized greatness.” That man is Louis Farrakhan.

Except, Timmeh, got the facts wrong on top of it.  Wright didn’t say Farrakhan epitomized greatness, that was a part of the Trumpet Magazine award to Farrakhan.  Wright is the CEO of the magazine, but his daughter Jeri is the publisher.  While those ties might be relevant, it’s very different from Jeremiah Wright saying that.  And, in fact, the magazine split off from the congregation in September of 2005.

The thing is, everyone is missing the point about how fucking stupid this line of questioning was. When was the last time Timmeh took on some right wing fundamentalists for being anti-semitic?   So why isn’t George Bush asked about every anti-semitic rant by LaHaye or Wildmon since by the transitive property Timmeh is invoking, Bush has close spiritual advisors who work closely with them?

I’d guess that’s because Russert thinks Democrats, by definition, are weak creatures to be battered with irrelevant or offensive questions and Republicans are tough guys that are fun to have cocktail weenies beers with. Republicans are normative America for Russert and Russert would never do or say anything to cast aspersions on normative America.

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