I used Google News this AM to see which major newspapers had covered Al Sharpton’s attack on the Mormon faith, made during his “debate” with Christopher Hitchens. To remind you, Sharpton said:
“As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyway, so don’t worry, that’s a temporary situation.”
The AP put out a story on the slur that was picked up by Fox and CNN that quotes Sharpton squirming –just as Imus did– but no big daily newspapers thought Sharpton’s bigotry deserved much if any space at all, and certainly nothing like the space accorded the Imus story which was a story about a high profile American making bigoted remarks and the urgent demands for apology and punishment that followed.
This is very odd given Sharpton’s prominence during l’Affaire Imus. Given the importance assigned to Sharpton by the MSM just weeks ago, either the papers are afraid of him or bigoted attacks on Mormons don’t matter much to the MSM.
The UK’s The Guardian figured out the Imus element of the story, but not the editors at the New York Times, Washington Post, or Los Angeles Times. (The Boston Globe ran a graph on the slur.)
Again, if Sharpton has said “Muslim” or “Jew” instead of “Mormon,” what would the reaction be?