Editing Reverend Wright's Wrongs

How the Networks Censored and Manipulated Jeremiah Wright Soundbites and Glorified Barack Obama's Race Speech


In today’s rapid-fire political atmosphere of cable news, talk radio, and the Internet, media analysts can easily make the mistake of believing that the leading network news outlets were tough on a candidate because of the general perception of how the entire media – Old Media and New Media – brought a controversy to the public’s attention. But voters who sampled only a light menu of news could easily have missed the depths of Reverend Wright’s outrageous public remarks. No one could find in these stories a scouring scrutiny of Obama’s membership in his controversial church.

In an April 30, 2007 story in The New York Times, reporter Jodi Kantor asserted "It’s hard to imagine, though, how Mr. Obama can truly distance himself from Mr. Wright. The Christianity that Mr. Obama adopted at Trinity has infused not only his life, but also his campaign." It’s only hard to imagine the difficulty of Obama’s dilemma if you cannot imagine a media elite full of journalists who found their role in the campaign as polishing, glorifying, and making excuses instead of questioning and investigating.