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Excerpts from Rev. Wright Interview with Bill Moyers Tomorrow

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Excerpts from Rev. Wright Interview with Bill Moyers Tomorrow

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E&P has been sent by Bill Moyers' people excerpts from his interview with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, which will air tomorrow night on PBS. This is the first major Wright interview since the Obama "controversy" broke last month.*REVEREND WRIGHT:The persons who have heard the entire sermon understand thecommunication perfectly.

When something is taken like a sound bite for a political purpose andput constantly over and over again, looped in the face of the public,that's not a failure to communicate. Those who are doing that arecommunicating exactly what they want to do, which is to paint me as somesort of fanatic or as the learned journalist from the New York Times called me, a "wackadoodle."

It's to paint me as something: "Something's wrong with me. There'snothing wrong with this country...for its policies. We're perfect. Ourhands are free. Our hands have no blood on them." That's not a failureto communicate. The message that is being communicated by the sound bites is exactly what those pushing those sound bites want tocommunicate.

BILL MOYERS:What do you think they wanted to communicate?

REVEREND WRIGHT:I think they wanted to communicate that I am unpatriotic, that I amun-American, that I am filled with hate speech, that I have a cult atTrinity United Church of Christ. And by the way, guess who goes to hischurch, hint, hint, hint? That's what they wanted to communicate.

They know nothing about the church. They know nothing about our prison ministry. They know nothing about our food ministry. They know nothing about our senior citizens home. They know nothing about all we try to do as a church and have tried to do, and still continue to do as a church that believes what Martin Marty said, that the two worlds have to be together. And that the gospel of Jesus Christ has to speak to those worlds, not only in terms of the preached message on a Sunday morning but in terms of the lived-out ministry throughout the week.

BILL MOYERS:What did you think when you began to see those very brief sound bitescirculating as they did?

REVEREND WRIGHT:I felt it was unfair. I felt it was unjust. I felt it was untrue. I felt for those who were doing that, were doing it for some very deviousreasons.

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BILL MOYERS:Did you ever imagine that you would come to personify the black angerthat so many whites fear?


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