Obama’s break with Wright dominates cable, broadcast news programs.
NBC’s “Today”: Opened with: “Lashing Out.” Andrea Mitchell package recapped Tuesday’s events. Rev. Eugene Rivers, a black minister, said Obama did the right thing and should be “commended.” Said Wright doesn’t represent all black pastors,and his “sad spectacle” before the Press Club was an “ego trip.”
ABC’s “Good Morning America”: Opened with: “Public Divorce.” Package included sample of reaction from Indiana and North Carolina residents. Package on candidates’ gas tax plans favored Obama, with several economists saying McCain and Clinton’s “gas tax holiday” is unlikely to lower prices. Also said Clinton’s plan to tax oil companies would likely raise gas prices.
CBS’s “Early Show”: Opened with: “Too Little, Too Late?”
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Obama communications director Robert Gibbs said the campaign is “moving on to talk about issues that the American people genuinely care about” after Obama broke with Wright. Rep. Charlie Rangel, a Clinton supporter, said people’s relationship with ministers or other spiritual advisers should remain private.