April 30th, 2008
02:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Blitzer: Has Wright been advised to shut up? And will he?

 Blitzer: The silence from Wright since Obama's Tuesday remarks has been 'thunderous'

Blitzer: The silence from Wright since Obama's Tuesday remarks has been 'thunderous'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As I write this, there still has been no reaction from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright to Senator Barack Obama’s sharp condemnation of his former pastor’s comments at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday. This silence from Wright – so far – is significant. Some might even say this silence is thunderous.

Like dozens of reporters, I called Wright’s spokesperson to get his reaction. She told me he has so far not issued any written statement or made any public statement. I don’t know if that silence will remain in place. But for now, it’s good news for the Democratic presidential frontrunner. He and his supporters would love this whole story to simply go away.

I must say that when Obama blasted Wright Tuesday afternoon, I suspected that the pastor would respond quickly with a counter-blast of his own. Here was a man who is not shy. He had made a very deliberate decision to defend himself in a television interview last Friday night with Bill Moyers, in a major address at a NAACP meeting in Detroit Sunday night, and a question and answer news conference at the National Press Club on Monday. I didn’t think he would go into silence mode after hearing Obama’s very strong statement.

But now, more than 24 hours after Obama’s very blunt condemnation of Wright, we have still heard nothing from him. Have intermediaries advised him to shut up, especially in these critical days before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries? Or, has he decided on his own that enough is enough? Fair questions. I don’t have answers.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Donna

    Yes, I think the Obama powers that be has advised Rev. Wright to shut up. Hummmm

    April 30, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Johny Be Good

    Wolf Blitzer- why just let this one rest for crying out loud. You surely want Wright to respond and let this keep going. Please find something else to report on good Lord

    April 30, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Dan, TX

    Someone needs to do a detailed analysis of the backgrounds of these journalists and their families. How do we know we can trust them? How do we know they don't have a hidden agenda?

    April 30, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Susan MO

    Although we did not like to listen to him, we wonder if he knows more about Obama than Obama wants us to know.

    And why did Obama wait so long to denounce Wright? He has known him for 20 yrs, and knows about him and the things he says.

    Something seems a little strange between Obama and Wright.

    We would rather be informed about it now, than later.

    April 30, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Jewish Women for Obama

    I bet you're hoping he'll respond and cause further distractions to Obama, don't you WolfHillary?
    Look, you guys in the media are being irresponsible for continuing to cover this nonsense while Americans die in Iraq and loose their homes to foreclosure.
    Enough on this Wright nonsense.... Please don't give him the time of day to continue to divide and distract us!

    Obama 2008 & 2012

    April 30, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Charles

    This is for Candy Crowley (CNN closes down the comment line too soon. Some of us work and do not get to comment because the time frames are so narrow).

    Congratulations. You deserve credit for the hard work and the perspective you bring to CNN's reporting.

    April 30, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Sante

    Fox, I still do not know who is that guy Obama and why he deserves sooo much attention?
    What he has done sooo out standing for the country? Controversies one after other!
    Is that the best that we can have out of 300 000 000?

    And one more question: Why Hillary Clinton is not good enough for us? Oh, yaaa, she is not that cool and entertaining!!!
    We do not need serious and heard working President and beside, she is a woman! That is not cool at all!!

    Love for Hillary!

    April 30, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Joseph, NY, NY

    As Obama said when he first got into politics and helping the community Wright told him to start going to church since he didn't attend one or wasn't religious, in other words political positioning because you can’t have a US politician who is not church going. Too bad he picked the wrong church. I don’t believe Wright is not the same man he met 20 years ago I believe Wright is and always will be the same man and Obama is once again positioning himself politically. Do or say anything to get elected. Same old same old he claims not to be, a hypocrite and a liar is what he is.

    April 30, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. white female senior

    It is obvious that the Clintons are behind this latest media blitz of Wright's. The Clintons will not let this issue die because they do not have any legitimate way to attack Barack Obama. Whether Wright reappears or not will depend solely on the way the Clinton political machine wants to go with this. The Clintons have a long-standing relationship with the NAACP and Julian Bond has said that he wants both the FL and MI delegates counted even though Obama's name was not on the ballot in one state and he did not campaign in either. This is just another way for the Clintons to do their politics-as-usual bullying.

    April 30, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. JOSH

    Obama's personal pastor did more than anyone else to take the glow off his campaign by dismissing the Illinois senator as just "a politician."

    "He goes out as a politician and says what he has to say as a politician," Wright said in his interview Friday night with PBS journalist Bill Moyers. "I continue to be a pastor who speaks to the people of God about the things of God."

    April 30, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Come on wright

    you gonna let that Tom get the best of you?

    April 30, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Cammi317

    "Like dozens of reporters, I called Wright’s spokesperson to get his reaction." For the love of God, let it die Wolf....just let it die.

    April 30, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. mama4obama


    Let it die already. He is not in this political race. We are sick of hearing about it. MOVE ON!!!

    April 30, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Houston

    Obama pre-arranged to distance himself from Wright last year!!! This isn't sincere. It's not even convincing. Anyone believing this garbage is diluted.

    p.s. Politics isn't sports. Those people out there who hang to their candidate just like they hang on to their favorite sports franchise need to WAKE UP

    April 30, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Pro-Democracy

    I used to respect Wolf Blitzer but over the past couple of years he as more and more of a light weight. Why is trying to keep this Wright story alive? We got it, we were outraged, and now it's time to move on.

    Let it go Wolf.

    April 30, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. tidho

    If he doesn't respond soon the media might have to cover something that matters. Oh no!

    April 30, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Vee

    Wolf- still with Wright...

    I wonder if Wright is going to give me food, money and house...

    Wolf- you have let me down....

    April 30, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Allison R.

    Have you addressed somewhere that the event at which Wright made his latest unacceptable comments at was sponsered by Barbara Reynolds–a CLINTON supporter. Come on media–talk about all the sides. I smell old politics in this one.

    April 30, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Bobby tray

    nor should you be asking them if you want to be a real news reporter and focus on the issues that affect million of ricans It is a shame that all news channels have all gone tabloid. I am surprised Roger Clemens' affair is not your top news story.

    April 30, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Kim P. Atlanta, GA

    Well Wolfe, you and the rest of the media have gotten what you wanted. So what should Obama do next if he doesn't? Do you and your colleages want Sen.Obama to "lynch" him? This has been an atrocity of the media, and so called "democrats". What a stain on Christianity on this country, and most importantly on CNN. Being a fellow Catholic, I am ashamed of you as also.

    April 30, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Jetty

    Whether this issue will be laid to rest depends on the coverage given toit by the media going forward.

    God Bless America

    April 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. seanwhit

    let is go

    April 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. joe





    April 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Kevin in DC


    I see you didn't take my earlier advice, which was to take a refresher course in investigative journalism and journalistic integrity.

    Time for you to go back to school, old boy.

    April 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. anon

    To Sante:

    Would you please stop posting that same crap in every blog. At least say something about what the subject is or find something else to do with your fingers, like break them off.

    April 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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