In the next episode of the Times series called "The Long Run", the New York Times has another paid advertisement for the Barack Obama campaign on its front page today. This paragraph is particularly entertaining in the middle of the Times soft focus piece on their favorite symbolic candidate (my emphasis):
Mr. Obama wrote that a minister suggested it would be helpful if he belonged to a church, and he joined the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.’s congregation after hearing a sermon about faith’s power to inspire underdogs. Mr. Wright’s sermons have been an issue in the campaign.
Really? I hadn't heard?? Was Jeremiah Wright an "issue in the campaign"??? That is possibly the understatement of the entire campaign. How about:
"Mr. Wright's sermons nearly derailed Sen. Obama's campaign, and caused many Americans to question Sen. Obama's judgment when videos emerged of Rev. Wright's fiery sermons including suggesting that 'God Damn America' on the Sunday after the September 11th attacks and claims that the American government had created the AIDS virus to kill black people. Many questions still remain about how close a relationship Sen. Obama had with Rev. Wright over the 20 plus years he was an active member of his congregation, and what claims he heard Rev. Wright make while in attendance or in conversation with the Reverend."
Remember, "The Long Run" series is the same Times series that featured this embarrassment to all employees of the Times in late February (For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk). In this article, the Times -- with no direct evidence -- accused Sen. McCain of conducting an affair with an attractive young lobbyist with clients having business in front of the Commerce Committee, which he chaired at the time. Of course, the Times has not followed up on this embarrassment since then, because, well... it's a lie. Following up on facts embarrassing to Sen. Obama, such as what his response was to Rev. Wright when he claimed the American government created AIDS seems not to be in the reporting coverage of "All the News That's Fit to Print"...