It took only four or so days for two-thirds of Americans, according to a recent Rasmussen national phone poll of 1,200 “likely voters,” to hear about Dr. Jeremiah Wright’s strong remarks about U.S. racism and imperialism, which were expressed in just a few seconds of selected sermons he has given now over three decades.* A clear majority of those surveyed reported they now have a negative view of Dr. Wright. Moreover,
Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters say that Wright’s comments are racially divisive. That opinion is held by 77% of White voters and 58% of African-American voters.
There is no surprise here. This sounds like a rhetorical question. Such question wording is clearly from the white racial frame, for those targeted by the racial hostility and discrimination that Dr. Wright and other black ministers regularly condemn might well have asked rather different questions of at least the African American voters, like “Is Dr. Wright correct about racism?” “Have you faced discrimination recently at the hands of whites?” “If so, what, where, and how often,” and so on.
The Rasmussen report then adds some very troubling data:
Most voters, 56%, said Wright’s comments made them less likely to vote for Obama. That figure includes 44% of Democrats. . . . However, among African-Americans, 29% said Wright’s comments made them more likely to support Obama. Just 18% said the opposite while 50% said Wright’s comments would have no impact.
There is no report of white percentages separately, but probably some six in ten white voters are now less inclined to vote for Senator Obama after just a few days of biased media snippets, and not about what he said or did, but about what his minister said. This bodes ill for his future primary campaigns and, if he is the Democratic candidate, for his contest with Senator McCain in the fall.
It did not take much to accelerate or accentuate a strong white racial framing of Senator Obama, who until now has apparently been seen by a majority of whites (likely including many who have voted for him) as an “exception to his race” or as “non-racial.”
Evidently, the mainstream media’s management has had the desired impact with their third-rate and decontextualized journalism. They appear to have started a movement of voters away from Senator Obama.
Notice the major bias in these journalistic reports on Dr. Wright’s sermons. So far as I have seen, the mainstream media have only reported on about .002 percent of the total minutes of all the sermons that Dr. Wright has presented in his many years at the Trinity United Church of Christ. I wonder what he said the other 99.998 percent of the time?
*(Note: The margin of sampling error for this poll was +/- 2.5 percentage points, at a 95% confidence level.)