I have a new column up at PJ Media about Obama’s presser this afternoon.
If he had said the same things last month, he would not have had to come before the press today. A sample:
Jeremiah Wright’s speech on Monday at the National Press Club turned into a full blown media feeding frenzy after the pastor not only repeated his charges that the US is a terrorist state, that the country deserved 9/11, and that the US government created the AIDS virus to kill black people, but amplified his charges. Wright also intimated that Obama was forced to denounce his words because of political considerations but that at bottom, he agreed with him.
Despite the media firestorm that broke late yesterday morning and continued to build all afternoon, the Obama campaign was slow off the mark. Obama at first declined to make a statement to the press about the now raging controversy, keeping his distance from the media as he has for much of the last two weeks — ever since the debate and the questions about his other problem radical William Ayers, the former Weather Underground bomber.
But the press had changed its attitude toward Obama in the intervening weeks and had begun to raise serious questions about not only Reverend Wright but other Obama associates as well. At this point, it appeared the controversy would not blow over — not with the press in full-throated howl over Wright’s stupefying performance at the NPC.
By late afternoon in North Carolina, the campaign finally realized what was happening and trotted the candidate out before the traveling press at the airport in Wilmington:
Read the whole thing.