After weeks of silence, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright gave his first media interview on the firestorm over his controversial sermons and their impact on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. The pastor says those who show inflammatory snippets of his sermons out of context have distorted his message.
“I think they wanted to communicate that I am unpatriotic, that I am un-American, that I am filled with hate speech, that I have a cult at Trinity United Church of Christ,” he told PBS’ Bill Moyers in an interview that will be aired tonight. “And, â€˜by the way, guess who goes to his church, hint, hint, hint?’” he said, referring to Obama.
How did it feel to be portrayed that way? “I felt it was unfair,” he said. “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.”
Many media pundits are saying that Wright’s interview can only hurt Obama by reviving the controversy.
I disagree. If the excerpts released so far are any indication, many fair-minded people will come away from the interview with a far more sympathetic view of Wright.
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