Monday, September 12, 2005

The Kook Strikes Back

Hugh Hewitt sees bigotry in the NYT:

The graf in question?

Bishop Jakes, a multimillionaire and best-selling author, is to deliver the
sermon this Friday at the Washington National Cathedral, his office said, where
Mr. Bush will mark a national day of prayer for Hurricane Katrina's

Hugh's take?

Is there any reason for describing Bishop T.D. Jakes as a "multimillionaire" other than to convey Ms. Bumiller's message that he is not really representative of African-Americans and may not even be legit as a preacher?

Does the Times routinely --or ever-- inject the economic status of Anglo religious leaders into its coverage? If as I suspect it does not, why did Bumiller do so in this piece, and why did her editors not catch it?


Bumiller... probably didn't have much interaction with African Americans, and her interest in Bishop Jakes' wealth may simply reflect a papmpered elitist's marvel at how a black man could accumulate such coin.

One apparently accurate mention of the man's wealth warrants this kind of response? Idiocy. I marvel that anyone takes this guy seriously anymore.

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