Suddenly the Media Cares About Religion and Presidential Candidates

September 10, 2012 at 9:00 am (2012 Election, Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, Mainstream Media, Mitt Romney, Mormon, President Obama, Religion)

Expect the media to thoroughly investigate the Mormon religion and tie Presidential candidate Mitt Romney to its more controversial aspects in the coming months.

David Gregory of Face the Nation started off yesterday with some brief questions.

In a rare appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took on a personal issue that has resisted talking about in the past: his religion.

Host David Gregory asked the GOP presidential hopeful what he thought a successful run this fall would mean to Mormons in America.

“I’m sure a number of members of my faith are proud of the fact that someone of my faith and our faith is able to run for president,” Romney said. “My own reaction is, I’ve got so many challenges ahead of me, I don’t think so much about the impact this has on the church day to day, but more about what kind of impact I want to have on the electorate and what it takes to become elected president.”

Romney emphasized the importance of the ethical foundations his religion had taught him.

In 2008, the media failed to ask a similar question of Barack Obama.  A question along the lines of, “What do you think a successful run this fall would mean to your pastor Jeremiah Wright”?

As a public service reminder (because that’s what we do), here is a little smattering of the President’s religion and pastor which was all but ignored as he ran for office.

If the mainstream media wants to analyze religion, it should be done so for each of the candidates.  Wright was Obama’s spiritual mentor for over twenty years, so please, let’s discuss start talking about this.
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