Friday, April 11, 2008

Pariah, prophet, or just publicity?

News from Detroit that the keynote speaker for their NAACP meeting later this month is none other than Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s favorite preacher.

It is hard to tell their motive for selecting Wright, but the outcome is lots of media attention for the group.

It sort of reminds me of the antics of Dennis Rodman. His kooky behavior always drew some press coverage for himself and the Bulls. The trouble with such icons is that the media monster demands higher doses of dope with each stunt until there is no place else to go.

Remember the movie, “Network”?

Jesse Jackson still draws the cameras to him but no one really believes his indignation any more. He’s sort of like wrestling on TV; everyone knows it is an act, but we watch it anyway.

Speaking of which, I saw The Harlem Globetrotters on TV the other night. I’ve always enjoyed their performance. It is great fun.

But this time the TV producers tried to weave some drama into the show with fake scenes of injured players in the locker room and corrupt referees. It came off as contrived and cheap. Arsenio Hall was one of the announcers. It was awful! Is business that bad for them?

I guess it goes to show you that the vast wasteland can ruin just about anything!

As for the Detroit NAACP cuddling up with Wright, it tells you a great deal about their agenda. Look to the national organization for a reaction. Silence from them is NOT a good sign.

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