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Anti-Mormon bigotry repeated by MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell

April 06, 2012
source: Deseret News

MR says: He would have been fired had he said this about Islam or any other religion.

When Sen. Orrin Hatch proclaimed Tuesday afternoon that President Barack Obama's re-election campaign would "throw the Mormon church at" Mitt Romney, Democrats were quick to reaffirm "attacking a candidate's religion is out of bounds" and dismiss the senator's opinions as "utter nonsense."

Apparently MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell missed the religious-attacks-aren't-cool memo, because on the very same day as Hatch's controversial comments O'Donnell blatantly attacked Romney's religion by making inflammatory and inaccurate statements about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its founder, Joseph Smith, during political programming intended to offer analysis of Tuesday's presidential primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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elarue said...

12:05 PM
on Apr 09, 2012

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Before members use this to justify judgment against MSNBC as a whole, let me remind the LDS Living reading public that Melissa Harris-Perry (who has LDS ancestry) did a segment when she was guest hosting for Rachel Maddow called "Don't hate Mitt Romney because he's Mormon." You can watch it here:

sarahrose2012 said...

08:52 AM
on Apr 16, 2012

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Please don't use the above user's comment to justify Melissa Harris-Perry's segment on the Rachel Maddow show. For one thing having LDS ancestry does not make one an authority on LDS matters neither does it make one a member of the LDS Church. The fact she was even on the Rachel Maddow show is very telling as to what her agenda is. MSNBC has been taken off my channel selector by several years ago now.

elarue said...

10:55 AM
on Apr 19, 2012

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I think sarahrose2012's comment is a very disappointing reflection on the church as a whole to automatically assume that liberals have some sort of agenda against the church specifically. I think Melissa Harris-Perry's segment very well debunks that argument. In fact, as those of us who watch the Rachel Maddow show know, Rachel herself hardly talks about the church at all, and when she has, it's been to ask whether or not Republicans have a problem with the church, not to indicate that she herself has one. To be honest, Rachel Maddow's show is the only one I ever watch on MSNBC (or any other cable news channel, for that matter) but the only other mention of the church I am aware of on MSNBC was when Ed Schultz pointed out how the five pillars of Islam are remarkably similar to things we practice in our own faith. And I think we'd do a lot better to reduce the hostility towards the church if we would reduce our own hostility towards the political left and admit that you can be a good member of the church and be a liberal. In fact, I had come here today to express my disappointment that this post ranked as #1 on an LDSLiving most popular article list, whereas the post about O'Donnell's apology was only #5. What does that say about us as a people? :-(
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