Liberal journalists plotted to protect Obama from Wright scandal in 2008 presidential polls

Written by: Nairita Das
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Washington, July 21 (ANI): Conservative news site 'The Daily Caller' created controversy after uncovering documents which show that liberal journalists discouraged one another from covering the Rev. Jeremiah Wright story during Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.

According to Fox News, the documents provide evidence to conservative critics who have long held that the mainstream media were in the tank for Obama, and bolsters the argument that reporters with major news outlets are biased in their coverage.

Journalists working for Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic expressed outrage over the tough questioning Obama received from ABC anchors Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos at a debate and some of them plotted to protect Obama from the swirling controversy, the report said.

It also revealed that Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent pressed his fellow journalists to deflect attention from Obama's relationship with Wright by shifting topics to one of Obama's conservative critics.

"Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares - and call them racists," Ackerman wrote.

Michael Tomasky, a writer for the Guardian, urged his fellow members of Journolist, to do "what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy in whatever venues we have."

"This isn't about defending Obama, this is about how the mainstream media kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people," he wrote.

In early 2008, Wright retired after 36 years as the Senior Pastor of his congregation and his beliefs and manner of preaching were scrutinized when segments from his sermons were publicized in connection with the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.

Obama addressed the issues raised by the Wright controversy in his speech entitled "A More Perfect Union".[

Wright gave a speech before the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on April 27, 2008, in which he stressed that he was not "divisive", but "descriptive", and that the black church experience, like black culture, was "different" but not "deficient".

In the 2008 Presidential election, Wright voted for Obama despite the controversy. (ANI)

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