Friday, September 14, 2007

Ahem, Palm Beach Post... uh your bias is showing

Found this little doozy in the Palm Beach Post online edition:

Jeb’s black backers aid Romney
By Dara Kam | Friday, September 14, 2007, 03:47 PM

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, due in Florida on Tuesday, is reaching out to black movers and shakers to help boost his chances in the Jan. 29 primary.

Former Massachusetts governor Romney today released the names of dozens of black supporters, most of them fellow Republicans, throwing their clout his way.

The list includes several Jeb Bush devotees, including David Griffin, a former Florida Lottery secretary appointed by Bush.

T. Willard Fair, a Miami-Dade County activist whom Bush appointed to the state Board of Education and who remains on the board today, is one of Romney’s state finance chairmen.

Joining him is former Orange County NAACP president Derrick Wallace, a longtime Democrat who switched parties after being courted by Republicans in 2005.

Also supporting Romney, who is vying for conservative voters against former U.S. senator and “Law and Order” celeb Fred Thompson, is Leslie Steele, a former Bush staffer who served in his communications office and also as the press secretary for the Florida Lottery. Romney’s Florida spokeswoman Kristy Campbell also came from Bush’s press shop.

Absent from Romney’s cadre of black supporters is anyone from Palm Beach, St. Lucie or Martin counties, according to the press release.

Romney is a Mormon, also known as the Church of Latter-day Saints. Until 1978, the church prohibited blacks from becoming priests.

It's actually a very good article, until the last lines. The problems I have are lines like these:

1. "Romney is a Mormon". How many times have you seen an article end with Hillary is a baptist? or Giuliani is a Catholic? McCain is a Methodist? Great way to end an article.

2. "also known as the Church of Latter-day Saints" I believe and you can correct me if I'm wrong here, but I believe the official name of his church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I can assume that most Mormons would never refer to their themselves as members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. This does help The Post however in their efforts to emphasize Romney's religion, and imply that he is not Christian.

3. "Until 1978, the church prohibited blacks from becoming priests" I believe this is true, but I'm not sure what in the world it has to do with his supporters. We're any of them trying to become Mormon priests? Before 1978? When they write an article about Giuliani do they finish it off with tid bits about the Spanish Inquistion or the molesting priests?

Nice hit piece Dara Kam. But, you are going to have to do a lot better than that to derail the Romney Express!

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