04/09/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Columnist Links Wright-Esque Preachers To High Black Murder Rates

If you read enough newspapers, you'll find that its not uncommon for articles on crime to contain a whole ton of grim statistics. Take this one, for example, which rambles on and on and on and on:

The Department of Justice reports that approximately 8,000 blacks were murdered in the United States in 2005...exactly double the total number of American military deaths during...the war in Iraq...A recent study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics...shows that blacks committed murders in 2005 at a rate seven times higher than whites...vast majority of those 8,000 black murders in 2005 were intraracial...Justice Department statistics covering the years 1976 through 2005 show that 94 percent of black murder victims were killed by blacks, and 86 percent of white murder victims were killed by whites.

Those are the highlights of three grafs. Do you find them, say, a bit slanty? Well, you'll love this! The article is titled, "Obama's Indoctrination." And it's author, Ralph R. Reiland, ("associate professor of economics at Robert Morris University and... restaurateur.") ties it all together by saying:

Until I heard the racist and anti-American tirades of Barack Obama's pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, it hadn't occurred to me that the murderous fires in the black community were being stoked from the pulpits inside black churches.

Oh, dear. How on earth did this malformed piece of agitprop come about? The Atlantic's Matt Yglesias thinks there might be a conspiracy at work. A vast conspiracy.