Here We Go Again With Yet Another Conspiracy Theory

Posted: May 1, 2008 in Just "Why?"

Conspiracy theroists have once again hit the virtual street corners of cyberspace peddeling the latest conspiracy theory involving Rev. Wright’s appearence in front of the National Press Club. And as expected, folks are lining up to spend some of their common sense in exchange for a quick fix.

WAS REV. WRIGHT PRESS CONF A CLINTON CONSPIRACY?: Questions raised after organizer is exposed as a Hillary supporter.

A hot topic among Barack Obama supporters on the Internet and black radio is the political affiliation of the woman who organized Monday’s National Press Club event featuring Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Whether or not one believes Rev. Wright’s statements about AIDS possibly being government-created to kill minorities, or that America’s actions around the world led directly to the 9/11 attacks, there’s no doubt that the comments did more damage than good to Obama’s campaign.

Turns out Rev. Wright’s appearance was organized by Barbara Reynolds, a former editorial board member at USA Today and staunch supporter of Obama’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

“I don’t know if Reynolds’ eagerness to help Wright stage a disastrous news conference with the national media was a way of trying to help Clinton, but it’s safe to say she didn’t see any conflict between promoting Wright and supporting Clinton,” wrote columnist Errol Louis of the New York Daily News.

On a blog linked to her Web site – – Reynolds said in a February post: “My vote for Hillary in the Maryland primary was my way of saying thank you” to Clinton and her husband for the successes of Bill Clinton’s presidency.

The same post criticized Obama’s “Audacity of Hope” theme: “Hope by definition is not based on facts,” wrote Reynolds. “It is an emotional expectation. Things hoped for may or may not come. But help based on experience trumps hope every time.” (more…)


Now, here are two OTHER points that have been left out of this story–

1 – Press Club Chief Disputes Notion That Wright Appearance Was Scheduled to Hurt Obama ( The president of the National Press Club is disputing suggestions that the woman who facilitated Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.’s speaking engagement Monday did so out of a desire to hurt Barack Obama politically.

A New York Daily News columnist wrote Tuesday that club member Barbara Reynolds, who as head of the speaker’s committee was the club’s point person for Wright’s appearance, is actually a Hillary Clinton supporter. The opinion piece raised the possibility that Reynolds had ulterior motives in bringing Wright to Washington since the pastor “couldn’t have done more damage to Barack Obama’s campaign if he had tried.”

But National Press Club President Sylvia Smith said she doubts politics had anything to do with it.

“I can’t imagine that it would have been (to hurt Obama),” she said. “That would be a pretty convoluted conspiracy theory.”

Smith said Reynolds actually suggested inviting Wright as a speaker two years ago, but that the club declined since he “wasn’t newsworthy.”

She said she thinks somebody other than Reynolds suggested inviting Wright this time around, and that Reynolds was only assigned as point person because she has connections with Wright and his Trinity United Church of Christ. She stressed that Reynolds was not the deciding factor in the invitation, and that Wright was brought in because he was making news. (more…)

2 – Wright’s “performance” (as Obama put it) was not limited to his appearence at the National Press Club. He also made many of the same comments in front of the NAACP chapter in Detroit where he was an INVITED guest. And let’s not forget his appearance in with Bill Moyers where although he was milder in tone, he still accused Obama of saying what he says to score political points.

All in the same weekend.

I guess Moyers and the NAACP were in on the grand scheme as well


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