Douglas MacKinnon

In one of the most telling moments of this primary campaign season, Brian Williams of NBC News, went out of his way to smear Mitt Romney and denigrate his religion, and none of the other Republican candidates on the stage bothered to come to his defense.

During last week’s GOP debate in Boca Raton, Florida, Williams exercised all the subtlety of David Duke when he dropped this bigoted statement on the former Governor from Massachusetts: “Governor, we’ve got an NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll coming out in the morning that says, among a lot of other things, 44 percent of respondents say a Mormon president would have a difficult time uniting the country.”

Uniting the country? Has NBC News decided that the United States is now a theocracy and must be united under a single religious banner? Was Williams channeling Abraham Lincoln and trying to unite the North and South? Or was he talking about uniting the country into believing fictitious polls?

The media manipulation inflicted on both sides during this primary season has been premeditated, dangerous, and outrageous. That two of the most far-left “news” organizations in the country would get together to draft a prejudiced question designed to illicit a preordained response in time to use it against Romney just before the critical Florida primary, demonstrates that they not only have no shame, but could care less who objects to their calculated tactics.

The NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll was manufactured by the same liberal franchise which declared, before one vote was cast, or one mile was traveled on the campaign trail, that highly experienced candidates like Duncan Hunter, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, and Bill Richardson were “bottom-tier,” and should not be taken seriously or given any real time during the debates. These are the same “journalists” who inserted a freshman senator from Illinois with barely one year of experience, into the “top-tier,” declared that he would win New Hampshire in a landslide, and that Hillary Clinton would be exiting soon. These are the same “journalists” who state that if so and so candidate does not win the next primary, then he or she “is gone.”

Clearly, the mainstream media has not shown a reluctance to try and jury-rig the system. That said, one would have thought injecting an intolerant question aimed at Romney’s faith – a subject that has been attacked repeatedly by Mike Huckabee and others – would have been beyond the pale at this stage of the campaign. Especially since Romney addressed the issue in a major speech almost two months ago at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library at College Station, Texas.


Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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