So, that headline slamming Senator McCain surprised me. But this dispatch from Jeff Fuller in Iowa, unfortunately, does not:
Alec MacGillis, a journalist for the Washington Post has been contacting several Iowans who support Romney. In his intitial contact to me he stated he was “trying to gauge the level and nature of support for Mitt Romney around the country, particularly in early primary and caucus states.”
As we spoke on the phone, his questions quickly moved to how the LDS community here is responding to Romney and to what level we are “organizing” for Romney. He asked about BYU alumni chapters that might be here and if that’s a form of networking for Romney. He asked if there were “coffee groups” (he quickly retracted that one) or anything similar where LDS frequently get together in a non-church system. My answers were that there is no LDS network for Romney . . . at least, not in the way that his probing questions were leading. I told him how apolitical our church is and how I’ve never even seen a “voting guide” anywhere near our churches. I re-affirmed the church’s stance/policy about not endorsing candidates, parties, or platforms and that all LDS know that neither the pulpit nor church membership lists (with contact info) are not to be used for political purposes etc . . .
I gave him the names of a few LDS and non-LDS Iowan grassroots Romney supporters as well including Jim Kirkpatrick (Waverly, IA) and Joni Scotter (Cedar Rapids, IA). Well, looks like Alec contacted the LDS people I mentioned but NONE of the non-LDS people I mentioned. That seemed odd, but what was even odder was that at least three other LDS Iowans (all BYU grads) that I hadn’t mentioned ended up being contacted by Alec as well. I’m guessing that Alec “Googled” “U.Iowa and BYU” and found these people this way. I can only surmise from all this that Alec really isn’t trying to objectively “gauge the level and nature of support for Mitt Romney” like he stated . . . he’s more than likely preparing a “Early State Mormons: A Force for Romney” story, the kind of agenda-driven journalism aimed at creating a generalized distrust of Romney because of the “VAST MORMON CONSPIRACY” to get one of your own elected President.
Left to its own devices, the MSM will never give Governor Romney credit for anything. His positions are attracting the support of big-name conservatives? He must be a flip-flopper. He is remarkably charismatic and (according to EFM’s females) nice looking? Clearly people will not trust him–his hair is too perfect. He’s organizing in Iowa? Must be a Mormon conspiracy.
Hat tip: reader Mike.