“The Rev. Jeremiah Wright couldn’t have done more damage to Barack Obama’s campaign if he had tried. And you have to wonder if that’s just what one friend of Wright wanted,” New York Daily News columnist Errol Louis writes.
“Shortly before he rose to deliver his rambling, angry, sarcastic remarks at the National Press Club [April 28], Wright sat next to, and chatted with, Barbara Reynolds,” Mr. Louis said.
“A for mer editor ial board member at USA Today, she runs something called Reynolds News Services and teaches ministry at the Howard University School of Divinity. (She is an ordained minister).
“It also turns out that Reynolds — introduced [April 28] as a member of the National Press Club ‘who organized’ the event — is an enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporter.
“On a blog linked to her Web site — www.reynoldsnews.com — 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. [. . .]
“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 — my queries to Reynolds by phone and e-mail weren’t returned [April 28] — but it’s safe to say she didn’t see any conflict between promoting Wright and supporting Clinton.”