I predict a blizzard of media coverage over this. If by “blizzard” you mean “complete absence.” Rev. Wright has said that a close friend of Obama’s offered him (through a church member) $150,000 to shut his mouth during the 2008 campaign. This was followed up by a visit from Obama, asking Wright to shut his mouth — and telling Wright that his “problem” was that he had to tell the truth:
“And one of the first things Barack said was, ‘I really wish you wouldn’t do any more public speaking until after the November election.’ He knew I had some speaking engagements lined up, and he said, ‘I wish you wouldn’t speak. It’s gonna hurt the campaign if you do that.’
“And what did you say?” I asked. “I said, ‘I don’t see it that way. And anyway, how am I supposed to support my family?’ And he said, ‘Well, I wish you wouldn’t speak in public. The press is gonna eat you alive.’
“Barack said, ‘I’m sorry you don’t see it the way I do. Do you know what your problem is?’ And I said, ‘No, what’s my problem?’ And he said, ‘You have to tell the truth.’ I said, ‘That’s a good problem to have. That’s a good problem for all preachers to have. That’s why I could never be a politician.’
On a more important note than bribery and a flippant attitude towards truth: did you know that Mitt Romney forcibly cut a kid’s hair when he was in high school?