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CNN’s Canard About Wright’s Chickens Line

From Anderson Cooper’s website and YouTube:


The full story behind Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s 9/11 sermon

Editor’s note: CNN Contributor Roland Martin has listened to several of the sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright from Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Portions of the sermons have been excerpted in recent stories.

As this whole sordid episode regarding the sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has played out over the last week, I wanted to understand what he ACTUALLY said in this speech. I’ve been saying all week on CNN that context is important, and I just wanted to know what the heck is going on.

I have now actually listened to the sermon Rev. Wright gave after September 11 titled, “The Day of Jerusalem’s Fall.” It was delivered on Sept. 16, 2001.

One of the most controversial statements in this sermon was when he mentioned “chickens coming home to roost.” He was actually quoting Edward Peck, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and deputy director of President Reagan’s terrorism task force, who was speaking on FOX News. That’s what he told the congregation.

He was quoting Peck as saying that America’s foreign policy has put the nation in peril:

“I heard Ambassador Peck on an interview yesterday did anybody else see or hear him? He was on FOX News, this is a white man, and he was upsetting the FOX News commentators to no end, he pointed out, a white man, an ambassador, he pointed out that what Malcolm X said when he was silenced by Elijah Mohammad was in fact true, he said Americas chickens, are coming home to roost.”

Mr. Martin’s absurd gloss has now been picked up by the lunatic left on the internet and in the rest of the media.

But an objective reading of the above excerpt and viewing of the clip show that this is not what Mr. Wright said.

Wright: “[Peck] pointed out that what Malcolm X said when he was silenced by Elijah Mohammad was in fact true, he [Malcolm] said Americas chickens, are coming home to roost.”

It is abundantly clear to any fluent speaker of the English language that Mr. Wright was merely claiming that Mr. Peck’s remarks bore out the truth of Malcolm X’s phrase. He was not quoting Mr. Peck.

That is, Mr. Wright is not saying, as Mr. Martin claims, that Ambassador Peck used the expression “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

Weirder still, according to Lexus-Nexis Mr. Peck does not even seem to have appeared on Fox News until October 5, 2001.

And that appearance is after the date of Mr. Wright’s sermon, if the usually given date is accurate.

UN Deal With Iraq, FOX NEWS NETWORK, HANNITY & COLMES (21:00 ET), February 24, 1998, Tuesday, Transcript # 022401cb.253, News; International, 3797 words, Robert Wexler; Edward Peck, Sean Hannity; Alan Colmes; Eric Shawn

The War on Terror, Fox News Network, FOX THE HUNT FOR THE KILLERS (22:41), October 5, 2001 Friday, Transcript # 100503cb.260, News; International, 2558 words, Edward Peck, Frank Gaffney, Chris Kozlow, Mohammed Suhail Shaheem, Rita Cosby

War on Terror Interview With Ravan Farhadi and Edward Peck, Fox News Network, FOX NEWS EDGE (22:18), October 10, 2001 Wednesday, Transcript # 101002cb.260, News; International, 2393 words, Ravan Farhadi, Edward Peck, Linda Vester, Greg Palkot

War on Terror Interview With Edward Peck, Fox News Network, FOX NEWS EDGE (22:52), October 11, 2001 Thursday, Transcript # 101105cb.260, News; International, 1164 words, Edward Peck, Linda Vester

Interview With Michael Waller and Ed Peck, Fox News Network, WAR ON TERROR: THE HUNT FOR THE KILLERS (22:30), January 30, 2002 Wednesday, Transcript # 013004cb.260, News; International, 1732 words, Michael Waller, Ed Peck, Rita Cosby

According to the transcripts, Mr. Peck did not once utter the expression that “America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” or anything like that, in any of his appearances on Fox News.

Furthermore, again according to Lexis-Nexus, Mr. Peck appeared on only one other television show in that time frame — on CNBC. Where again, there was no mention of chickens or roosts.

Indeed, a Lexis-Nexus search of all of Fox News for the words “chicken” and roost” between 9/11 and 10/22 in 2001 returns only one reference.

It comes from the Fox News program, “Live Event,” on September 18, 2001. And the person who bring it up is talking about what Saddam’s Iraq was claiming:

America United – Are Arab-Americans Being Unfairly Targeted?

Interview with Hussein Ibish, the communications director at the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

GIBSON: Is a war waged on Islamic terrorists offensive to all those Muslims who are not terrorists?

IBISH: Not necessarily. I don’t think so. I think that the United States clearly has a right to hunt down and punish the guilty parties and those who would assist them and make their work possible.

And I think that the entire Islamic world, with very few exceptions, has said so publicly. The Organization of the Islamic Conference, 57 states have said so. Every Arab state except Iraq has said so. And they simply have made the point that they feel — they’ve made basically a Malcolm X-style statement about chickens coming home to roost. But even they have not praised the terrorists who did this

Is it possible that this is what Mr. Wright was referencing? If so, we have Mr. Wright agreeing with Saddam’s Iraq. Or is it vice versa?

In any case, it needs to be stressed that it is obvious from the video that Mr. Wright was not quoting Mr. Peck. Mr. Martin’s exegesis is laughable. It’s a complete canard, a red herring. (To mix our animal metaphors.)

But it is just the latest examples of what contortions the media will go through to defend their side. (And yes, Mr. Wright is definitely on their side.)

And notice how Mr. Martin wraps up his piece of disinformation:

The point that I have always made as a journalist is that our job is to seek the truth, and not the partial truth.

It is to laugh.

(Thanks to reader AC for the heads up.)

  Update!

Here is a glimpse into what kind of objective journalist Mr. Martin is, especially on the issue of Mr. Wright, from his own website:

Is Sean Hannity man enough to debate me?

by Roland S. Martin
March 19, 2008

Its been an absolute trip watching Sean Hannity foam at the mouth on his radio show and TV show over Sen. Barack Obama and his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. What amazes me is how he continues to toss all kinds of nonsense out, and no one corrects him. Now, Hannity really tries to hold himself up as a big-time Christian, but I have doubts about that. Oh, yea, I said it. If you listen to his hateful talk, then he doesn’t walk the walk.

I think the real issue is that Sean Hannity and the conservative blowhards are absolutely afraid of Obama. They have absolutely NO LOVE for Sen. John McCain, and when they don’t have anyone to love, they need someone to hate. And their hate has turned to Sen. Barack Obama. When I listen to Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the Conservative Cabal, they claim to be defenders of truth and honesty, yet they are strangely silent – VERY SILENT – when their own conservative preachers make some of the most outlandish comments. This is not about defending Rev. Wright or Sen. Obama. It’s about defending the First Amendment, the goodness of an individual, but most of all, the truth.

So, I’m issuing this challenge to you. Ask Sean Hannity why he won’t honor his own word to have me on his show. That’s what he told me at the Radio Hall of Fame when we met in 2006. When he heard I had done Bill O’Reilly’s show on nearly a dozen occasions, he said, “Well we’ve got to have you on my show!” So, Sean, what say you? Are you willing to debate someone who isn’t afraid of you? are [sic] you willing to debate someone who isn’t gonig [sic] to back down from you? You claim to be a Christian. I’m a Christian. Let’s have a REAL discussion about the church – black and white. Let’s have a REAL discussion about race in America – black and white. Let’s have a real discussion about the issues of the day – in black and white. You keep quoting the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but you don’t LIVE King’s life? Let’s start with a conversation. Time to man up, Sean!

And we cannot doubt his journalistic bona fides, for he kind enough to post this as well on his horn-tooting website:

Columnist/Author Roland S. Martin Joins CNN

by CNN
March 13, 2007

Roland S. Martin, a nationally syndicated columnist and Chicago-based radio host, will join CNN, it was announced today by Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. Martin will serve as a contributor across several programs effective immediately, and, in the coming months, the network will develop various other programming concepts around him.

“As a multifaceted journalist steeped in the traditions of storytelling and truth-seeking, Roland offers a powerful voice on subjects ranging from politics to religion to race to numerous other social issues,” Klein said. “We’re very pleased to have him contribute to a wide range of CNN stories.”

“CNN has made a sincere commitment to giving its audience a breadth of important stories not typically found in mainstream media,” Martin said. “I am pleased to be a part of that effort and to do my part to see they rise to that challenge.”

A nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, Martin most recently served as executive editor of the Chicago Defender, the nation’s largest black daily newspaper. He is a commentator for TV One Cable Network and hosts The Roland S. Martin Show on WVON/1690AM in Chicago each weekday. He is the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith and Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America…

During his journalism career, Martin has won more than 20 awards, including a regional Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association; several first place awards from the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Communicators; two citations from the National Associated Press Managing Editors Conference; the top sports reporting award in 1997 from the National Association of Black Journalists; and honors from the Houston Press Club.

He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from Texas A&M University and is currently working on a master’s degree in Christian communications at Louisiana Baptist University. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the American Society of Newspaper Editors

Say no more. It is clear Mr. Martin is a professional.

And he certainly has the “storytelling” part down pat.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, March 22nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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