Word that billionaire Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts planned to bankroll a campaign ad that highlighted the race-baiting by President Barack Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., has occasioned wide-ranging and well-publicized denunciations, even from the apparent Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
For some, Obama seemingly cannot escape his past.
Obama attended Wright's church for a decade and we're supposed to believe that the president sat in the pew all that time and never heard the racist sewage spew from Wright's mouth? Or, maybe Obama heard it and wasn't bothered by it? Or maybe he agreed with it.
Here's what we're supposed to believe: Faint recollections of a single incident by someone from a half century ago when Romney was in his youth is deemed to be as objectionable, or more so, than Obama's continued presence in Wright's Church of Hate.
Pointing out the discrepancies in the way the orthodox media media cover politics has approached a cliche, but a cliche it must be because it goes on with such unabated regularity.
As the New York Times reporter put it (in the story cited above) grandly proclaimed (with no attribution, so we are left to conclude that it is the reporter's own dictate):
The [Rickets] episode all but ensured that Republicans would remain under intense pressure not to invoke Mr. Wright’s provocative statements so directly for the balance of the campaign.
Oh, you think so? As long as "objective" outlets like the Washington Post keep trying to dig up half-century-old "horrors" on Romney, Wright ought to remain fair game. Even if the Post doesn't try, Wright ought to be fair game anyway. A decade of worshiping at a church where hate routinely was spewed says something major about Obama's character.