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Stop the presses: CNN actually listens to Wright’s sermon

CNN actually had a reporter listen to the entire tape of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermon, instead of just the sound bytes. Wow! What a revolutionary idea! And it turns out that in context, Wright’s words are — get this! — more understandable and less inflammatory. Isn’t it crazy how context will do that? Furthermore, it turns out that the when Wright suggested that our chickens were coming home to roost, he was quotingciting Edward Peck, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and deputy director of President Reagan’s terrorism task force.

How many days did it take for the professional news media to get around to this?

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12 Responses to “Stop the presses: CNN actually listens to Wright’s sermon”

  1. You dope he was qouting Black Panther leader Malcom X. The one who was assinated by another fine outsatnding black boy.

    The news corrected this you scum

  2. “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.”

  3. […] with more on this fixation. Update: David thinks CNN is finally getting it. Doubt it. […]

  4. I’m a bit confused by Fat Bas; why is he the only one with The Truth? Without attribution, of course. You scum. :)

  5. I had to watch ‘the great debaters’
    to actually understand what are you talkin about in this weeks
    it is sad to watch I may say

    in the mean time
    in iraq more then 1 million people died
    and 4 millions people left the country tryin to survive in improvised camps around the middle east

    with all due respect
    if any other country in the planet would have been responable for this
    it would have been called a genocide

    does any of your media still report of the dozens people killed every day in iraq ? at least reporting ?

  6. Gianluca, we’re friends, so it distresses me to hear you say this.

    First, yes, US newspapers continue to carry reports of civilian deaths, although usually it’s the car bombs and other mass deaths that make the news. As is typical of news media, they’re more responsive to horrific events than a continuing state of affairs.

    But I reject the term “genocide” for the US invasion. I think it important that that term retain its real meaning so that when it’s used, it actually means something. Genocide is the systematic killing of an entire people. Where is the genocide in Iraq? It’s a bloody, awful civil war caused by our toppling a repressive government without recognizing that the country would then tear itself apart. But where are the mass executions by US soldiers? The death camps? The systematic murder of entire populations? There’s plenty to blame the US for, but not genocide.

    I was against the war before it started and would like us to get out as quickly as possible, although I don’t know how to do that in the way that’s best for the Iraqi people (or, more accurately perhaps, the Iraqi peoples). I’m not defending our decision to invade or our handling of it after toppling Hussein. But calling it genocide not only mis-characterizes the situation, it also weakens the term.

    PS: What’s your source for your numbers? IraqBodyCount.com puts civilian deaths at under 100,000. The Lancet estimated 650,000 a year ago, using a controversial method of analysis. And, FWIW, while UNHCR says there are 4.5 M refugees, “only” 2M of those have left Iraq; the rest lost their homes but are still in Iraq. This doesn’t lessen the moral crime, but I don’t want to leave your numbers unchallenged.

  7. David, I m way far from thinking that the american government has anything to do with you or with any american voters, republicans and democrats alike, including each and every soldiers,
    regarding this war

    when I use this term, that I don t like to use neither to repeat, I m tryin to describe what is goin on in Iraq

    sunnis and scia are tryin to ethically clear each other out of each region of their influence
    that is the blood bath you are witnessing

    anyone knew this was goin to happen, way before the war was started
    so who started this should be held accountable
    as well as those who decided to disband the iraq army and police from one day to another, opening anarchy into a country without even bordering controll,

    “we prefer to combat the terrorist over there”
    that was Bush 5 years ago, and so it happened
    they flew in from everywhere in the region
    point is ‘overther’ is ‘overhere’ for many innocent people

    my numbers arrive from people in syria and jordan, where 2 millions refuges where counted more then a year ago,
    let me remind you that the main part of iraq is desert,
    that means that even if people did not cross the border, they are in fact refugees and living in very risky conditions

    there is no controvetsy if someone is death or not, the controversy in the bodycount is only about the responsability of the killing

    but again I want this to be clear
    who decided this war is not american or african or european
    they are called multinationals
    when you read about the costs of this war, in terms of money
    they all fail to report one very important fact:
    each and every penny that comes out of the iraqi oil, since the war started, are deposited in the federal reserve bank, “on behalf of the iraqi”
    those money are used and will be used for the reconstruction of the country and to pay the war debts.

    Each and every contract to rebuild iraq has bein given to multinationals connected to the corrent amministration in washington. No bid.
    There are reports of bridges destroyed, rebuilt and redestroyed several times.
    Iraquis expats very involved in the oil buisness calculate that for the next 100 years the oil of iraq will be used mainly to pay “back” this war

    I understandi s very difficult from inside to divide your proud feelings for the amazing country you live in from the actions of this industrial military complex that has take over your federal governent.
    But don t even think I would confuse the two.
    I just can t stand anymore their hiding behind your patriotic feelings or your respect for your soldiers on the ground,
    what they’ve done is a huge international crime

  8. Gianluca, you haven’t offended my patriotism. That’s not the issue. Rather, I object to your use of the term “genocide.”

    I do agree that my government is culpable for not recognizing that there would be horrible ethnic fighting. And disbanding the army is widely recognized in the US as a tragic and stupid error.

    And, thanks for trying to let Americans off the hook by saying that it’s our government that’s at fault. Yeah, well, we re-elected Bush. (I still can’t believe that last fact.)

    There’s lots wrong with what we’ve done in Iraq. Genocide is not part of it.

  9. I put the reelection of bush in the same folder of the burka and the neo-nationalist movements in europe. a reaction to fastforward globalization.

    You don t want to call it Genocide. Fine, but whatever we might say about iraq, it was a country. with one very distinctive culture and population. it’s no more.

    Lets call it the way you want, but lets face it and keep talkin about that as much as we can. reading the nyt sometimes seams it’s all fixed and solved or just a matter of how many people die everyday.

    I would like the media debate to focus on the roots of this, the real responsable for this.
    they are not a bunch of incompetents, they really obtained every single thing they wanted to obtain so far

  10. It had “one very distinctive culture and population”? I don’t see how you can say this, Gianluca, my friend. It was a country jammed together by foreigners and held together by a despot who ruthlessly favored one of the three major groups and practiced abominations on the least favored. The civil war it fell into as soon as the despot was toppled is evidence that it was not one culture and population. Do you not see it this way?

    As for why we re-elected Bush, all I can figure is that we were frightened, Kerry was a tree stump, and the media fell for the Republican trick of raising spurious questions about Kerry’s character. (How Bush could beat Kerry in a contest about character is yet another mystery.)

  11. David, my friend,
    I can say this cause I’ve been there, ages ago in 1990
    I ve spent an entire summer goin around meetin people,
    I still have many family friends that call them selves iraqis, even if they left the country long ago, let me remind you that jews, christians, and scias where living togheter, sure not for their dictator merit,
    but because Iraq has been an experiment in dividing religion and state in the muslim world
    tareq aziz is a christian, if he’s still alive somewhere

    I will not bother yo with some bible lessons, reminding that the two rivers that surround bagdad are considered to be the prosperous delta where the ‘real’ eden was supposed to be.
    Babylon was there, endless commercial roads passed from there for thusands years

    that is, or was, a unique culture, who ever may have took power

    and about the violence that erupted I give myself 3 explaination:
    1) shock and awe
    2) violence generate violence
    3) terrorists from all the planet flew in iraq after the invasion

    4,5 million refugees ? can 4,5 million people be considered a culture ?

    regarding bush, lets not talk about him anymore, can we ? please ?

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