Lesser journalists continue to characterize the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermons as hate speech, without ever having heard more than snippets of them. As Wright tells the great Bill Moyers, the meaning of his sermons has been deliberately distorted to achieve a political goal, and it worked.

Barack Obama seems to have survived the encounter. Will his former pastor?

If you haven’t already, be sure to watch the extended clips of Wright’s sermons and make up your own mind.

Below are highlights from an exclusive interview with Wright, which aired Friday on PBS.

Update: Video and a transcript of the full interview can be found here.

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