By Tom Hayden
In the feeding frenzy over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermons, one basic question is conspicuously ignored.
Who first obtained the tapes from Trinity Church?
Who first spliced and edited those tapes?
Who first took them to what media outlets?
Who first in the media received the tapes?
Who first decided to play those tapes over the air?
If the media was the source, would the tapes have been edited in the same fashion?
No one in the media has taken credit for discovering, editing and showing the tapes.
If it was an outsider, who was it? This matters for more than historical reasons. It matters if it was a hit job. It matters if the tapes were edited to maximize the negative. It matters if the media used the tapes without mentioning the source.
The question will be asked until it is answered.