Part Two of Bill Hemmer’s “Let’s help boost Mitt Romney’s Likeability” in the form of an “exclusive interview” aired on America’s Newsroom Thursday (5/31/12). This one focused on “faith and family,” as FoxNews.com said in its title. But probably aware of Americans’ significant skepticism about the Mormon religion, Hemmer did his part for the cause and suggested that Romney emulate Barack Obama’s strategy for dealing with the subject.
Hemmer asked Romney, “In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama held a series of events where he made big speeches centered around race in America, religion in America. And he was able to… use those events to draw a lot of attention to his message. Have you given consideration to doing that about your own faith?”
Romney seemed reluctant, so Hemmer fed him a softball guaranteed to help Romney put his faith in the best light possible: “What do Americans need to understand about how important your faith is to you?” Hemmer asked.
Romney just happened to showcase how like Christianity his religion is. He said that he believes in a “heavenly father,” “his son, Jesus Christ” and “the holy ghost.” He added, “I read the New Testament and other Scriptures that are holy in my view.”
Then it was on to the family part. “You’ve said that you’ve never had a serious argument in 43 years of marriage?” Hemmer sounded wowed.
As much as Fox News paints Obama as a racist, radical socialist, it’s a sure bet that the “fair and balanced” network will work just as hard to portray Romney as the All-American, traditional-values-like-Mom-and-apple-pie candidate.
It’s too bad it came down to you Mitt. It’s Makeover Time!