A close friend of the President George W. Bush is accused by another close friend – the president’s longtime preacher in Texas, as a matter of fact – of offering a bribe of $150,000 to go away and be quiet.
The press goes crazy, right? The preacher is peppered with questions, hounded at his home in Houston until he is finally forced make a statement, saying . . .
Except, of course, the president is Barack Obama, the accused is Obama pal Eric Whitaker, and the preacher lives in Chicago and goes by the name Jeremiah Wright.
And so there’s nothing.
The allegation is contained in The Amateur, a new book by conservative journalist Ed Klein. While Klein may or may not be reliable – some conservatives have distanced themselves from him – it appears Wright did make the allegation.
The only mainstream White House reporter to do some follow through on this, Jake Tapper of ABC, reported that he listened to one of Klein’s tapes of his conversations with Wright in which the reverend didn’t deny suggestions that it was Whitaker who bribed him.
Whitaker denies he did it which, guilty or innocent, is what you’d expect. Wright refuses to answer questions from Tapper, which is not quite what you’d expect.
And no one in the press is doing much investigating that we know of – which is exactly what we’d expect.