Jeremiah Wright’s Trumpet Newsmagazine: Cover Pic ‘Highlights’ (Farrakhan, Sharpton, Jackson, Others)
IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING POSTS:
- May 14 — As Media Ogles, Stanley Kurtz Trumpets the Obviously Deep Obama-Wright Connections
- May 12 — Attention Stanley Kurtz Re Obama, Wright, Trumpet: I’ve Got You Covered
Based on my review of the 125 or so weekly Trinity United Church of Christ church bulletins that I have — covering roughly 65% of those I would expect to have been issued from late May 2004 through late March 2008 — here are some of the notable luminaries who have graced the cover of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s usually-monthly Trumpet Newsmagazine.
I’ll concentrate on the ones whom I believe are the best-known. “Soon” (OK, maybe), I’m going to get to a chronology of magazine cover appearances, mentions, and topics.
Here, for those who missed it the first time around, are the three covers on which Barack Obama appeared (March 2007, roughly February-March 2006, and roughly January 2005, respectively; first and third images are clickable, and will open in a separate window):
Guess Who? It’s Lou
Besides Wright himself in earlier issues of the magazine, I found only one person who put in as many cover appearances as Obama in the bulletins I currently have available. Surprise (not) — That person would be “The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan” (Trumpet’s term, not mine).
Here are the Farrakhan appearances I found (and there may be others in the gaps I have between bulletins), from the most to least recent, appearing from left to right (all graphics are clickable; each will open in a separate window):
The first pic appears to be the November – December 2007 double issue, as found in the December 2, 2007 TUCC bulletin.
The second, as noted in this previous post, and pictured in the Obama collection above, is from roughly February 2006. Farrakhan appears in a pantheon of African-American “leaders,” including Barack Obama, Wright, and others (Little Green Footballs readers have identified many of the others at this LGF post; Martin Luther King is NOT in the picture). Farrakhan is on the far right in the third row; Obama is on the far left.
The third, yet another solo appearance (cover title: “Million Man Management”), was found in the October 16, 2005 bulletin, and is probably the October 2005 issue of Trumpet.
We’re supposed to believe Obama when he says that he has no idea that Farrakhan has been on Trumpet’s cover at least three times, in one instance sharing cover space with Farrakhan and Wright, his pastor. All the pundits and media types who are still running around claiming that Wright (and Ayers, and Rezko) don’t matter either don’t care, or somehow have no idea, how foolish the results of the last three primaries, and Obama’s multi-month downward trajectory, make them look.
You might expect the two usual “civil rights” suspects, Jesse Jackson and Al “$1.5 Million in Back Taxes” Sharpton, aka Al “Close This City” Sharpton, to get cover treatment, and they do, a couple of times each (all graphics are clickable; each will open in a separate window):
Jackson’s solo appearance, found in the June 25, 2006 TUCC bulletin, is in the June 2006 issue. Sharpton’s solo, found in the October 12, 2006 bulletin, is in the October 2006 issue. Each appears in a mini-pantheon of eight people, one of whom is Wright, in the November-December 2006 double issue, seen in the December 17, 2006 bulletin.
The Wright Pics
Barack Obama’s senior pastor put in quite a few appearances in earlier Trumpet issues (all graphics are clickable; each will open in a separate window):
They would be, from left to right: found in the May 30, 2004 TUCC bulletin, showing two Trumpet issues, presumably from 2004; in the January 30, 2005 bulletin, probably the February 2005 issue; and in the March 20, 2005 bulletin, probably the April 2005 issue.
Other Recognizables (all graphics are clickable; each will open in a separate window)
From left to right, then top to bottom, they are:
- Former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley (September 11, 2005 bulletin; probably September 2005 Trumpet).
- The rapper-activist “Common” (bulletin and Trumpet dates to be determined), who also appears in the “Legacy Lives On” pantheon noted earlier.
- Now-indicted and current Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (August 12, 2007 bulletin, in what is probably either the August or September 2007 issue).
- Father Michael Pfleger, a “Catholic” priest on Chicago’s South Side who has gained a bit of national notoriety for his strident, celebratory defense of Wright (July 8, 2007 bulletin, in a midyear double-cover double Trumpet issue).
- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (September 24, 2006 bulletin, in a Summer 2006 double-cover double issue, probably July-August) — a natural selection for the Katrina-obsessed Wright.
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These are the people I recognized, from my perspective, as either controversial in and of themselves, or who are well-known politicians. There are many others I have not previously heard of, or who, while recognizable, appear to be relatively non-controversial. I suppose readers can decide that if/when I finish compiling what I know of the Trumpet cover chronology.
If we are to believe Barack Obama, he and his wife have been oblivious to all of this. No. Way.
For what it’s worth, it appears that Trumpet Newsmagazine stopped advertising in the TUCC bulletin just before or just after the end of 2007, which explains why I have no information about who has graced the covers of the magazine’s 2008 issues.