The Moyers-Wright interview

J'Accuse!! - taken from my car window, somehow seems appropriate. The one on the right is Tim Russert

I haven't yet watched the interview of Rev Jeremiah Wright, but it is on my Tivo-esque device (The Bill Moyers show always gets recorded). Dave Winer wonders why the interview didn't get more attention since so many pundits were previously interested in the words Rev Wright. I'd say the reason is simply that Bill Moyers, as is his wont, pays attention to the human being he is questioning, and doesn't create phony controversy or gotchas. The pundits who were frothing at the mouth a few weeks ago about Rev Wright only deal with phony controversies, and there wasn't anything to quote out of context, thus the silence.

I expected a roaring debate in the political blogosphere this morning, and on cable news after the Friday night Bill Moyers interview with Rev Jeremiah Wright. Instead, there's eerie quiet.

The most I could find was this post on Protein Wisdom saying that Moyers didn't play hardball with Wright. It's true, he didn't. Instead he did what I wish more journalists would, he interviewed him in a way that helped us get to know the person. He let him speak his piece, so we could listen.

There's so much to admire about Rev Wright, but first, the shame of the professional media, who hounded not only Wright, but members of his congregation, incluing a woman in a hospice, to try to uncover more dirt about Wright and thereby embarass Barack Obama.

Wright isn't running for office, he points out, it isn't his job to get our vote, it's his job to help his congregation, to help them understand the world they live in, to help them do better in that world, and to prepare them for what they believe comes in the afterlife.

[Click to read more of Dave Winer: Why is it so quiet after the Moyers-Wright interview? - Politics on The Huffington Post]

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