Mitt’s Mormonism v. Media Sensationalistic Shock Talk
The Boson Herald’s article “Mormon Mitt not ‘Big’ on HBO polygamist series” is going to be the typical low caliper coverage we can expect to see as it relates to Mitt’s Mormonism.
Generally speaking articles are quick to point out the former practice of polygamy and how many non-LDS Christian faiths demonize the LDS
Church as a “cult.” At the same time, absent is the LDS response to these tired, boring, old, specious arguments whose foundations are deeply rooted and nourished by PAMs (Professional Anti-Mormons).
This type of “Shock Talk” isn’t meant to inform, rather to sensationalize Mitt’s faith, perhaps even intending to casually censure his membership in a “Church-Cult” as they accusatorially view it.
Take for example this ridiculous statement in The Boston Herald article referring to the HBO show “Big Love”, “But if the show leaves viewers and voters with the perception that the faith is an out-of-the-mainstream sect, it could be no laughing matter, experts say.”
First, perhaps the experts would remind the Herald the “Big Love” polygamists are not Mormon! So “Big Love” has nothing at all to do with Mormonism. Second, perhaps the experts ought to warn audience members to recognize those people in “Big Love” are not Mormons nor do they reflect Mormonism, but are in point of fact apostates.
But does the Herald or the suppose experts offer such clarity? Nope. They don’t even try. Which makes it lazy journalize at best and sensationalistic shock talk at worst. I think the latter to be a more accurate assessment of this typical, low caliper article.
Gov. Mitt Romney doesn’t watch much TV, but a new HBO series called “Big Love” might hurt his ratings as he promotes his presidential road show, pundits say.
“If it becomes the next ‘Sopranos,’ it’s not good” for Romney, said Boston University professor and Romney watcher Julian Zelizer.
But if the show leaves viewers and voters with the perception that the faith is an out-of-the-mainstream sect, it could be no laughing matter, experts say.
“Many evangelicals label the Latter-Day Saints as a cult,” said John Green, professor of religion and politics at the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. Noting evangelicals’ sizable clout in GOP circles, Green said, “This could create a problem for him.” Source