by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Note: I edited the headline to this post after reading the concerns expressed in the comments section below. Despite my inclusion of a question mark in the original headline, it probably did overly implicate the Clinton camp in this.
Sorry folks! I was a little too eager to jump on this story, given the pattern of anti-Obama race-baiting tactics we’ve followed on this blog, and the devastating timing of Wright’s public remarks.
And to clarify, I don’t think Wright was a witless pawn devoid of agency. But do I think it’s entirely possible that people with political agendas are capitalizing on his desire to be in the spotlight.
Writing in the New York Daily News, Errol Louis points out that the woman who orchestrated Jeremiah Wright’s press conference at the National Press Club is a supporter of Hillary Clinton.
Could this whole thing have been, as the article’s headline suggests, “a press trick” to damage Obama?
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.
On a blog linked to her Web site- www.reynoldsnews.com- Reynolds said in a February post: “My vote for Hillary in the Maryland primary was my way of saying thank you” to Clinton and her husband for the successes of Bill Clinton’s presidency…
I don’t know if Reynolds’ eagerness to help Wright stage a disastrous news conference with the national media was a way of trying to help Clinton – my queries to Reynolds by phone and e-mail weren’t returned yesterday – but it’s safe to say she didn’t see any conflict between promoting Wright and supporting Clinton.
…Wright should have known – and his friend and ally Reynolds, a media professional, surely knew – that bickering with the press can only harm Wright and, by extension, Obama.