Talk radio was utterly dominated on delivery day this week by the untoward words of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's minister and spiritual mentor.
In classic talk radio style, we were given no more than a half-dozen sentences from his sermons, devoid of all context, then hours of criticism and analysis tearing down the man.
It was a dismal day, brightened only by the fact that it kept ex-Gov. Spitzer off the radio. And by a brief exchange Sean Hannity had with a member of the Congress of Racial Equality. Hannity said the Rev. Wright had suggested that the U.S. government was responsible for the AIDS virus. He demanded repeatedly whether the CORE spokesman believed that was true.
The man from CORE mostly sputtered. As I often do, I mentally grabbed his microphone. "No, Sean," I said to the audience (me) inside my car, "I think that's nonsense. But I also think it is nonsense to say that the Earth is 6,000 years old. How come I have never heard you attack a candidate whose minister makes that claim?"