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August 24, 2012
Has the predicted play of the Mormon Card against Romney begun?
A recent AT article predicted that the Obama campaign would play the Mormon Church card after Labor Day. It's begun early.
On June 25, 2012, an American Thinker article entitled "Obama Campaign's Hole Card: Romney's Church" predicted that, through its loyal supporters in the liberal media, the Obama campaign would play Romney's affiliation with the Mormon Church against him.
In part, the article read:
The move seems to have begun sooner than predicted.
First, ABC World News, with Diane Sawyer, has begun a two-part series on the Mormon Church. In the first four-minute segment, Sawyer sets up the report by saying -- with a concerned face -- that "the Mormon faith is still a mystery to a lot of people."
Then the reporter, Dan Harris (who occasionally does news reports for CBN's The 700 Club, hosted by Pat Robertson) begins,
(The Roman Catholic Church has all male leadership, too, and the papacy lays claim to just about the most direct line to God on the planet -- second only to Obama's Chicago friend and neighbor, Minister Louis Farrakhan Muhammad, Sr. But Romney isn't Catholic; Ryan and Biden are, though.)
All that's missing in Harris' lede is spooky music playing in the background.
Harris describes the Church's "public relations campaign" as designed to deliver the message that "we're your neighbors."
In the transition to the preview of Part 2, Sawyer asks Harris whether or not Mormons can drink coffee. (Good heavens! You mean they don't even drink coffee?) You suppose Sawyer knew the answer before asking the question?
Past 2 will examine past polygamous marriage practices in the Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) -- a term CBS never uses in Part 1.
Now we learn that NBC plans to air a one-hour special on the Mormon Church in a Rock Center episode.
It is, of course, merely coincidental that the two networks were working on their specials at the same time.
Will ABC and CNN follow suit?
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