Will media treat Mormons favorably in 2012?

Last week marked the return of Mormons running for president in the nation’s news media in a big way. Mormonism will be discussed, again, at some length this election year. Or so it appears.

But if the initial coverage is any indication, I think the coverage this time will be more insightful about and more favorable toward Mormonism.

That Mormon candidates have come up again is shown in Romney’s much-publicized health care speech at the University of Michigan. So does the new profile of Jon Huntsman in Time.

There was also an article in the New Republic by Matt Bowman, an editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. He wrote:

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