After all, when everybody from the New York Times to the Fox News pundits agrees...
But then I actually read Wright's speech to the National Press Club. A question and answer period followed. This isn't the cartoon figure, the anti-American firebreather I've been reading and hearing about.
Plenty radical, but no more than I lot of people I know. Here's a taste:
And I said to Barack Obama, last year, "If you get elected, November the 5th, I'm coming after you, because you'll be representing a government whose policies grind under people." All right? It's about policy, not the American people.I've heard wingnuts say the same thing.
Obama edging away from any association? 'That's what politicians do'. But he's upset with excerpts and sound bites--can't imagine why--so read for yourself.
It's very interesting, educational, funny in places and really, really long.
Effect without cause
I'm fascinated by synchronicity, what I suppose you'd call coincidence that's meaningful. Thinking of someone just before they call you on the phone is usually used as one example.
I went through a Jungian phase where I read up on it a lot. Jung theorized that it was an ordering principle like cause and effect, but that we couldn't figure out how to study it. Or something like that. Whatever.
But I'd just posted this comment before I stumbled across the Wright speech:
I don't trust reporters. I doesn't matter whether they're from the Washington Post or the (Moonie) Washington Times. The Wall Street Journal doesn't deserve any more or less skepticism as it tabloidizes like Murdoch's Post and Fox News.Exactly what I was talking about, but what's going on here? Why are Wright's words getting so twisted?
I've seen them cheat, across the political spectrum, by cherrypicking facts and quotes. So I check their sources if I can and if I've got time. Sometimes I post the links while I've got 'em, in case anyone's interested.