As most readers of this column are aware, on Feb. 28, 2007, I introduced America to radical pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ on Fox News' "Hannity and Colmes" (here, the terms "pastor" and "of Christ" being used very loosely). The rest is, as they say, history, including a 2010 revelation that the establishment press conspired to protect candidate Obama from the fallout of the Rev. Wright story throughout the 2008 election cycle.
If America survives President Obama, volumes will probably be written on the treasonous actions of the press over the last several years, but I am not addressing that at this moment.
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Over the weekend, the New York Post ran a piece by Edward Klein, author of the new book "The Amateur," a biography of President Obama. The article was in part excerpted from an interview Klein conducted with Rev. Wright for the book, in which Obama's former pastor of 20 years claims that the Obama camp attempted to bribe him into refraining from public speaking during the 2008 campaign. The rationale was obviously that Obama might have been hurt by ongoing salvos of Wright's incendiary, anti-American, racist rhetoric.
Leaving aside the question of the negligible damage Wright might have done given the extremely effective and vigorous interference the press ran on Obama's behalf (including burying the damning videos of Wright's fiery sermons that surfaced in 2008), one might ask why Wright waited until he was interviewed by Klein to make this startling revelation.
Immediately upon release of the New York Post article, the liberal press scrambled to frame the piece as an irrelevant endeavor on the part of a hack to promote a smear tome on our Illustrious Leader. While this is certainly to be expected, the question still remains as to why – given this interview is not a fabrication on Klein's part – the good reverend would have kept this information to himself for so long.
There are those in the far-left camp who have beefs with Obama, but who have tempered their expressions since his election for the sake of "greater good." Jesse Jackson, for example, who verbalized a desire to "cut his [Obama's] nuts out" mere weeks before the election, could be seen crying tears of joy on election night. Since then, Jackson has remained more or less a staunch Obama advocate, even acting as a loyal operative when necessary.
Wright, on the other hand, although he did not come out against Obama, did not secrete his bitterness at having been thrown under the Obama bus. This, rather than increasing the likelihood that he lied to Klein about the alleged bribe, I believe, tends to lend credence to the possibility that this did indeed occur. Wright retired from Trinity United in early 2008, only to resurface after Obama's election in rare form. He still refrained from defaming the new president, but continued to rail against America, Jews, capitalism and whites. The timetable for this retiring and re-emergence certainly correlates with someone who might have been paid to keep quiet for an agreed upon period of time.
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But what's Wright's motivation with the bribe angle? If the term of his agreement with Obama had come to an end, that supposedly only covered Wright holding himself in abeyance with regard to his inflammatory sermons, not unequivocal accusations of unethical, illegal conduct. That represents not only a departure from Wright's normal caustic fare, but an overt attack on his former protégé. Years have passed since one would think such a revelation would profit the aging clergyman; is it possible that Wright's sentiments have fundamentally changed given the circumstances and conditions Obama has wrought?
Jeremiah Wright's reason for this action might be something wholly other, beyond our ability to effectively speculate, or something yet to be revealed. While the story is of course likely to be similarly buried and explained away by the press, it does bear mentioning that Wright is still highly respected in some circles; too much of a backlash against him could work against Obama – and he most definitely doesn't need that considering his current standing with the political base.