Does he or doesn't he? MSM notices Obama church Farrakhan link

Barack Obama has been able to get away with a soft focus posture of "bringing us together" only because the major media have largely ignored his dedicated support for Pastor Jeremiah Wright, of the Trinity United Community Church, an advocate of Afrocentric values, and a pal of Louis Farrakhan. Obama calls Wright his "spiritual mentor" and has made TUCC his biggest charity.

AT readers learned  of the very troubling positions of Obama's spiritual lodestar almost a year ago, but now the MSM is beginning to notice. Today, columnist Richard Cohen of the Washington Post takes up  the theme we have been addressing:

Barack Obama is a member of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan.

Maybe for Wright and some others, Farrakhan "epitomized greatness." For most Americans, though, Farrakhan epitomizes racism, particularly in the form of anti-Semitism. Over the years, he has compiled an awesome record of offensive statements, even denigrating the Holocaust by falsely attributing it to Jewish cooperation with Hitler -- "They helped him get the Third Reich on the road." His history is a rancid stew of lies.
The Obama campaign's equivocation, saying that Obama and his pastor sometimes differ, will not do. As Cohen notes, tolerating vile anti-Semitism of the Farrakhan variety is exceedingly dangerous. He concludes:

I don't for a moment think that Obama shares Wright's views on Farrakhan. But the rap on Obama is that he is a fog of a man. We know little about him, and, for all my admiration of him, I wonder about his mettle. The New York Times recently reported on Obama's penchant while serving in the Illinois legislature for merely voting "present" when faced with some tough issues. Farrakhan, in a strictly political sense, may be a tough issue for him. This time, though, "present" will not do.
We welcome Richard Cohen to the ranks of Obama skeptics, those who want him to clarify exactly what views he wants to unite us around. We're heartened that his spritual mentor's views are coiming into focus in the MSM, no matter how tardy they are in getting to the story.

Change and hope are not acceptable as a political program providing guidance for the future direction of America, no matter how much the Obama cult wishes they were.

Hat tip: Ed Lasky
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