Obama's Controversial Pastor Isn't Going Away Anytime Soon:
In his first wide-ranging interview since video clips of his inflammatory sermons were aired, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. defended himself over the controversy, saying that his words were twisted.
Mr. Wright, Senator Barack Obama’s former pastor, gave an interview to Bill Moyers on Wednesday, to air on PBS tomorrow.
“I felt it was unfair,” Mr. Wright said, according to excerpts of the interview released Thursday. “I felt it was unjust. I felt it was untrue. I felt for those who were doing that, were doing it for some very devious reasons.”
In Mr. Wright’s sermons, he suggested that Americans bore some responsibility for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, saying “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” He also blamed the government for the spread of AIDS among African-Americans, characterized the United States government as corrupt and referred to the “U.S. of K.K.K. A.”
He did not apologize or back away from his remarks in the interview, instead saying that people wanted to paint him as “some sort of fanatic.”
Wright uses the most elementary deflection tactics available. He won't address the ridiculous, inflammatory and flat-out inaccurate nonsense he spews from the pulpit. He does, however, allege a massive conspiracy to make him look like a lunatic. Problem is, it doesn't take a conspiracy to make him look like a nut. Mr Wright handles that all on his own. We're not painting you as a fanatic, Reverend Wright, you are a fanatic.