The Pastor Returns

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 25, 2008; 9:32 AM

Barack Obama needed this like he needed a root canal.

Just when the Jeremiah Wright furor seemed to be dying down, the ex-pastor is back and suddenly inescapable. On the tube with Bill Moyers. Speaking to the NAACP. Showing up Monday at the National Press Club.

There it was yesterday, that endless loop of Wright shouting "God damn America" over and over. Yet another opportunity to talk about how he thinks the US of KKK-A created the AIDS virus to kill blacks.

This is rather amazing. At great political risk to himself, Obama refused to disavow Wright even as he tried to distance himself from the reverend's more inflammatory rhetoric. Wright might have repaid the favor to the man whose wedding he handled by laying low, at least until November.

Instead, Wright is mounting a media blitz that he has to know--has to know--is going to damage the most famous member of his former church. No matter how reasonable he sounds, he just reignites the controversy and throws his friend under the bus. This issue will be around until November if Obama gets the nomination, no question about it. Charlie Gibson led with it on "World News."

Moyers wasn't exactly channeling Mike Wallace here:

MOYERS: What did you think when you began to see those very brief sound bites circulating as they did?

WRIGHT:I felt it was unfair. 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 . . .

MOYERS: Did you ever imagine that you would come to personify the black anger that so many whites fear?

WRIGHT: No. I did not.

Jeremiah aside, here's where the post-Pennsylvania media analysis stands:

Hillary Clinton refuses to die.


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