Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Boston Globe Goes Snipe-Hunting


The Boston Globe published a remarkable story today. The lede:
"Governor Mitt Romney's political team has quietly consulted with leaders of the Mormon Church to map out plans for a nationwide network of Mormon supporters to help Romney capture the presidency in 2008, according to interviews and written materials reflecting plans for the initiative."
Now that's sensational stuff.

I also think the entire article is an irresponsible hit piece.

Here's a post about it on Article 6 Blog.

Update: Here's today's take from Article 6, commenting on the Globe's stubborn insistence on some of the flawed elements of the story. Also, Geoff at Millennial Star comments:

Romney supporters had the audacity to discuss his campaign with other Mormons!!!!! Doesn't he know that Mormons are not allowed to vote and organize for candidates? It's been that way at least since Missouri in the 1830s.

As for reaching out to other religions besides the Mormons, what do the writers of this ridiculous article think he has been doing with evangelicals and Catholic leaders for the last decade? So, it's OK for him to talk to other religious leaders for support, but it's not OK for him to talk to Mormons?

The comment thread to Geoff's post is pretty entertaining as well.

3 Comments:

Anonymous BlueBuffoon said...

One more in a continuing series by the Globe hammering on "the Mormon question" in reporting on (against?) the Romney campaign, it seems.

Hopefully, this incident will serve as a lesson and a warning both to the Romney camp and to LDS members (and particularly those who might be viewed as speaking for the LDS Church) about the importance of listening, and carefully adhering, to the Church's official insistence on political neutrality as an institution.

I'm also eager to hear any comments the Hedgehog's co-blogger at Article VI Blog may have.

Posted by BlueBuffoon

Thursday, October 19, 2006 2:03:00 PM  
Blogger The Hedgehog said...

Blue Bufoon, I couldn't agree more. Many Mormons are very excited about having one of their own with a shot at the presidency. They'll just need to keep their heads about them. The LDS First Presidency statement on political neutrality  will probably be read weekly in sacrament meetings before this is over! 

Posted by The Hedgehog

Thursday, October 19, 2006 4:28:00 PM  
Anonymous BlueBuffoon said...

Well, the Globe article already elicited a Press Release today  on that very point from the LDS Church, with a link to a 2004 iteration of the politicial neutrality statement. 

Posted by BlueBuffoon

Thursday, October 19, 2006 6:04:00 PM  

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