Posted on | April 5, 2012 | 73 Comments
“If Romney gets the nomination and we reach late September with Romney leading the polls, what do you think the Democrat-Media Complex will do? Whatever It Takes to Win, sweetheart.
“Can’t you see the five-part New York Times series on the history of Mormonism? Can’t you see Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News and David Gregory on Meet the Press doing Serious Journalism about all the beliefs and practices of the LDS, and ponderously asking What It Means for America?”
— Robert Stacy McCain, March 6, 2012
“Now that Democrats are near-certain that Romney is the nominee, however, the media is going to start covering Mitt’s Mormonism in a very serious way — ‘Oh, look, he’s a fringe kook!’ — as if this were an entirely legitimate topic of political discussion.”
— Robert Stacy McCain, April 2
“Now part of Romney’s religion problem is that he’s a part of a new religion. Established religions like Judaism, which is about 4,000 years old, and Christianity, which is about 2,000 years old, don’t easily warm up to new religions like Romney’s, which is only 182 years old. . . . Mormonism was created by a guy in upstate New York in 1830 when he got caught having sex with the maid and explained to his wife that God told him to do it. Forty-eight wives later, Joseph Smith’s lifestyle was completely sanctified in the religion he invented to go with it. Which Mitt Romney says he believes.”
— Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC, April 3
Look, I wasn’t the only one to see this coming: Da Tech Guy reminds us he warned us about this back in February.
Everybody’s crying “unfair” now — including Kevin Williamson at National Review — but since when do Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) give a damn about fairness?
And my friends, this has just barely begun. That little shot from O’Donnell? It was like the signal gun to start a massive barrage.
Maybe you have never done any research into the history of Mormonism. Maybe you have no idea how much material there is to work with. Maybe you are unaware of how many ex-Mormons and other critics of Mormonism have already gotten in touch with national news producers and reporters, eager to help them with “research” for all those in-depth feature articles and multi-part series about the LDS church.
If you don’t know any of that stuff, you can be forgiven for thinking that any negative media focus on Mitt Romney’s religion would automatically be seen as unfair and bigoted by independent voters. But just wait and see: If Romney actually does win the Republican nomination, and if it ever appears that Mitt poses a serious threat to Obama’s re-election, then the gloves will come off and you will be disabused of your naïveté.
You know who’s going to be shocked the worst by this? Agnostic secularists, whose general attitude toward religious belief is, “What difference does it make which discredited superstition somebody claims to believe in? All religions are equally false, right?”
A lot of the agnostic secularists in the GOP have that kind of attitude, and can’t imagine that there is anything about Mormonism that might be truly offensive to people.
Like I said: Just wait and see.
UPDATE: Moe Lane asks:
Don’t be silly, Moe! Yes, Harry Reid is nominally a Mormon but, like all Democrats, his true religion is the Democrat Party Gospel. Just look at Nancy Pelosi, who claims to be Catholic.
UPDATE II: Serious Journalism, with David Gregory:
Of Romney’s religion, Gregory said Mormonism was at the core of Romney’s character, but suggested he was afraid to talk about it.
“Let’s be honest, this is the core of who Mitt Romney is,” he said. “He was a missionary in France for two years. He has been a bishop in the church, which, in the Mormon church, is effectively like a a priest. Philanthropically, he’s made huge contributions. He’s had a big impact on the church. And yet he doesn’t talk about it. It’s the core of who he is, and yet he doesn’t feel like it’s safe to talk about.”
It’s so predictable, isn’t it?