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Collateral Damage

If Wright is the missile launched at Obama's swift boat, he was launched by a partisan, as Errol Louis reports in New York's Daily News:

"Shortly before he rose to deliver his rambling, angry, sarcastic remarks at the National Press Club Monday, Wright sat next to, and chatted with, Barbara Reynolds.

"A former editorial board member at USA Today, she runs something called Reynolds News Services and teaches ministry at the Howard University School of Divinity. (She is an ordained minister).

"It also turns out that Reynolds - introduced Monday as a member of the National Press Club 'who organized' the event - is an enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporter."

The Press Club is disputing the account, saying Wright was first invited two years ago--but was deemed insufficiently newsworthy.

At the Weekly Standard, Dean Barnett seems to believe that liberals are in Wright's camp:

"The left's reaction to the still continuing crisis has drifted into high comedy. With one full-throated political primal scream, Obama defenders will insist that Reverend Wright doesn't matter, and suggest that Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos should be drummed out of the punditocracy for wasting precious debate time on such a frivolous distraction. Yet with the next breath, Obama supporters will champion Jeremiah Wright, noting his supreme form of patriotism (as David Gergen did) or comparing him to Frederick Douglas or Martin Luther King as numerous prominent bloggers have.

"Obviously lost in the emotion of the political moment, the people making the latter case don't see that they're contradicting their earlier stance that Reverend Wright doesn't matter. By defending him, they implicitly concede that he matters. By defending him in such an over-the-top manner, they suggest that Obama should be embracing his connection with this angrily verbose hero among us rather than seeking distance from him."

But Barnett misses the boat on this one. While a few liberal bloggers may be rooting for Wright, another conservative, Hot Air's Ed Morrissey accurately notes that Bob Herbert, Gene Robinson, E.J. Dionne and the WashPost editorial page have all slammed Wright:

"Amazing how this Road to Damascus moment all came at the same time, although to differing degrees. All of these commentators came to see Wright as a narcissist, egotist, provocateur, and a shameless self-promoter in the last 48 hours. Why? In reading the pieces, their ire and scorn come exclusively because of the damage he does to Barack Obama, and with the exception of the Post editorial, not because what he says is ridiculous."

Roger Simon is a bit tongue-in-cheek in analyzing what's gone wrong for Obama:

"Having had the national media at his feet for more than a year, Barack Obama now finds them at his throat. The fault is his. He has disappointed us. He is not winning every voting bloc in every state. He cannot close the deal. Running against an older, white candidate, Obama has been losing the older, white vote.

"Zounds. What did we ever see in this guy? . . .

"Americans don't want presidents who are too brainy. (Obviously.) We would rather plunge into foreign wars or fall off economic cliffs than have presidents who know too much. That is because braininess is elitist, and being an elitist is the worst thing you can be if you want to be president. Obama now gets this. Since his loss in Pennsylvania, he has been emphasizing his non-elitist roots. At a recent news conference at a gas station in Indianapolis, he said, 'I basically buy five of the same suits and then I patch them up and wear them repeatedly.' (I guess Obama thinks this is supposed to appeal to the working classes, but my father was a truck driver, and he would have thought that owning five suits was a lot.)"

Think relations are strained between the Clinton camp and Chris Matthews? Courtesy of Media Bistro, here's Terry McAuliffe on John Gibson's radio show:

"I say this to Chris Matthews face: he is delusional. He has wanted Senator Obama from Day 1. If he wants to go work for the Obama campaign, he ought to get off the air and go work on the campaign, but luckily no one really pays attention to what he has to say."

Country singer Mindy McCready says the Daily News is right that she had a long-term affair with Roger Clemens. The Rocket's lawyer says they were just friends.

Finally, Brian Williams turns media critic on his NBC blog, questioning (without quite saying so) whether the New York Times is out of touch with mainstream America:

"It's tough to figure out exactly what readers the paper is speaking to, or seeking. Consider this: the Sunday Styles section lead story on April 13th was 'Scavengers on the Urban Savannah' (people buy things at flea markets!), and promoted on Page One was 'A Sex Chair Becomes A Battlefield.' Alrighty then.

"This Sunday's lead story was 'Through Sickness, Health, Sex Change . . . ' in a section that included the essay, 'Was I On A Date Or Baby-Sitting?,' and 'Let's Say You Want To Date A Hog Farmer' (and who among us hasn't?).

"The magazine cover story this week was 'The Newlywed Gays!' (happy gay men in Massachusetts who are married outdoor grilling enthusiasts!) . . .The lead story in the Travel Section? The rise of vacation resorts catering to nudists."

All the sex that's fit to print.

But if you want a really sleazy story, there's a report on the surfacing of a Jimi Hendrix sex tape that I dredged up in . . . oh, it's the New York Times.


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