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Tuesday, August 30, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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Chris Nolan reviews the New Yorker piece at Personal Democracy Forum.

I broke my rule about only talking to MSM journalists on air or on tape for later airing yesterday, spending ten minutes with the Boston Globe’s Nina Easton. I did so because we had neglected to get back to her when she called on Friday, and while I don’t have to play by MSM rules, courtesy usually requires a call back on the day of the request.

So I called, apologized for the mix-up, and spent ten minutes explaining why I don’t think Mitt Romney’s LDS faith will be much of an obstacle to his seeking the GOP nomination. I explained the “why” at length, which included a conversation about how the approach of Hillary will focus most of the GOP on the most electable candidate.

Here’s the article. It is clear that my point of view didn’t mesh with Easton’s big theme, so here’s what my conversation became in the article:

Romney strategists are reluctant to speak about a potential presidential run until the governor has made up his mind, but they remain attuned to how Romney’s faith plays with these voters. Last March, the governor invited Southern California evangelical pastor Rick Warren to breakfast in Cambridge after reading his bestseller, “The Purpose Driven Life.”

Romney has also appeared on syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt’s show, a megaphone to religious conservatives, three times in the past three months.

This is one of the problems with MSM journalists. Their stories do have space budgets, but if an interviewee has provided an opinion on the central premise of the piece which the journalist thought important enough to solicit, then that point of view ought to make it into the piece.

What’s the Rumpus has more on the Rutten interview. Judging from the e-mail that went to Rutten last night, he’s got a lot of column material, if he wants to use it.

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