Thursday, March 15, 2007

Reporter Attacks On The Horizon?

The Hill had an interesting story yesterday on Mitt Romney and the expected Evangelical attacks on his faith that haven't really materialized. GOP Pollster David Hill has a prediction... since Evangelicals haven't attacked, reporters will be the ones that end up attacking:

The Romney campaign has been expecting a torrent of “anti-Mormon prejudice.” But it hasn’t happened. Mitt has mostly been left alone. Most unexpectedly, Evangelical Christians have been reluctant to say much. While my own reading of polls leads me to guess that Evangelicals are evenly split on accepting a Mormon as president, they are united in their silence on the matter.

This is a key development because the liberal mainstream media will now feel free to go after Romney. Most journalists were initially anticipating a Religious Right attack on the former Massachusetts governor. So the press held back from scrutinizing Romney’s faith. In a fight between James Dobson or Jerry Falwell and Mitt Romney, most reporters would have taken the candidate’s side. But barring a situation where “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” Romney is soon going to be fair game for enterprising reporters.

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Blogger Kyle said...

"Romney is soon going to be fair game for enterprising reporters."

Two things: First, it is sad that reporters have been just waiting for their turn to attack Romney. This kind of game that the article talks about is not good journalism. It is advocacy.

Second, I think the author mistakenly describes the type of reporter that would do this as "enterprising."

11:46 AM  
Blogger Rhapsidiomite said...

I think this turn of events is very likely.

Reporters will also jump on media events, such as the upcoming movie, September Dawn.

2:09 PM  
Blogger provoce said...

This is an interesting take on things. I have been surprised that Romney has received so little anti-Mormon attacks from the religious right. I think some bigotry still remains, but is stifled for the moment. It could be that the evangelicals are waiting to see if one of "their" conservativces emerge as a plausible candidate. Until then, they may hold their nose and stay w/ Romney over McCain and Guiliani.

2:37 PM  

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