All the attention across much of the media and the blogosphere has been centered around long time Barack Obama Pastor Jeremiah Wright. His outrageous statements including saying that “the government manufactured the AIDS virus to kill blacks” have been plaguing Obama for weeks. Obama finally distanced himself from the reverend whom he still contends played an important role in his spiritual life but for many the damage has already been done.
Funny thing though. If we look on the other side of the isle, John McCain has his very own bigoted pastor stumping for his campaign, the Reverend John Hagee. Hagee is known for such notable quotes as “the Roman Catholic Church conspired with Hitler to kill Jews in the Holocaust” and Hitler and the Nazis were actually working for God, divine agents sent to chase Jews, through the rather inefficient and brutal mechanism of killing them in massive numbers, towards Palestine, “the only home God ever intended for the Jews to have.“
While Hagee hasn’t been McCain’s pastor for years like Wright was for Obama, his endorsement was actively sought by McCain during his unsuccessful attempt to pander to the religious right and he has been quoted as saying that he was “very proud” and “honored” to the have the Hagee endorsement even after being questioned about these statements. So why for the most part has the MSM basically ignored McCain’s zealot while hammering Obama for his?
It used to be that potential Presidential candidates needed to check the criminal records of possible large donors and supporters but lately it appears that their pastors need to be vetted just as much if not more. But at least their supporters aren’t calling someone, heaven help us, “a pansy“…
UPDATE: Media Matters adds up the numbers and finds a 12-1 ratio of Obama/Wright to McCain/Hagee stories in some of the larger MSM organizations
UPDATE 2: Corrected link for the Hagee quotes paraphrased from his 2006 book “Jerusalem Countdown” (strangely absent from either the incorrect or correct link above were the”little atomic mushrooms superimposed on McCain’s head“)