Comments about ‘Anti-Mormon bigotry repeated by MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell, watchdogs say’

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Published: Thursday, April 5 2012 8:00 a.m. MDT

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Hayden, ID

Well, what else can they run Obama’s campaign on? His record…..? Their ONLY option, is personal attacks, even if they have to be manufactured!

California Steve
Hanford, CA

Would O'Donnell still be on the air if he had said something derogatory about Islam? I think not.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It's the Chigao way.

Of course, Obama himself will deplore such tactics, while his surrogates fan the flames of bigotry and hatred.

This will be the dirtiest campaign in history.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Lawrence O'Donnell is a self avowed leftist/socialist and a completely vicious, vile person. He did the same thing four years ago and demanded, at that time, that Mitt Romney apologize for all the "crimes" the Mormon Church had committed.

He will do ANYTHING to get Obama re-elected and will do anything to try to destroy Romney. He has told lie after lie about Mormons for years and is one of the producers of the TV show "Big Love."

Fortunately, MSNBC only has about five viewers, BUT even MSNBC should fire anyone who displays such blatant religious bigotry.

The Obama campaign won't directly attack the LDS Church, but they are using their surrogates, like O'Donnell, to do their dirty work for them.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Readers may want to reflect to the past...
Selective forgetfulness has overtaken many Republicans...
The LDS Church has, um... one might call it, a "colorful past", to say the least.
President Obama was, and still is constantly being denigrated because of his religion.
This may be just the beginning of many issues which can fall under the classification of Karma for the Republican party.

Woods Cross, UT

O'Donnell's anti-Mormon credentials are long. And his rants are so over-the-top that they will gain no real credibility.

I don't think we can attribute this behavior to the Obama campaign anymore than we can blame Romney for Limbaugh, Hannity and the gang. MSNBC is the liberal answer to FOX.

By the way, what ever happened to broadcast journalists with integrity? Did they walk away with Walter Cronkite?


Since I don't watch O'Donnell often, I had to track down what he said. Yeah, over-the-top. O'Donnell seems unaware that Romney is speaking to the Republican base, that the religion vs govt. issue has been a favorite rallying cry for quite some time, most recently evidenced by the uproar over contraceptives. But I am also curious as to what O'Donnell's sources are.

There is no shortage of issues Obama can use against Romney. He doesn't need to and wouldn't resort to religion. Obviously Obama doesn't control the airwaves.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

This is way over the line. You could easily frame Catholicism or probably any religion in similar terms. Is he asking Rick Santorum similar questions about his faith?

deep in thought
Salt Lake, UT

Such a pity...

I spent some good time and energy yesterday on these boards defending the liberals as being friendlier to the Mormon church than conservative Rick Santorum and his buddies.

O'Donnell's statements are both inaccurate and disgusting. I hope liberals and conservatives would unite to get this man reprimanded. Could you imagine the outrage if these statements were about Buddah or Muhammad? Any petitions I can sign to protest? Please let me know.

spring street

So several people on this thread are claiming that surrogate for Obama are and will be attacking Romeny. So then I suppose it will be far for those that support Obama to assume any comment made by an idiot with a microphone that slams Obama is nothing more then a surrogate of Romney that Romeny secretly supports? O’Donnell’s comments where way out of line but to try to paint Obama and all liberals with the same brush as this guy seems like a really desperate act to draw attention away from an honest debate about the issues.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Obviously inaccurate but what he said happened, not in the order he said it in.
The LDS Church has oddities, just like all other faiths. Those other faiths are more mainstream which is why they seem less odd.

Lafayette, IN

Jeramiah Wright vs Joseph Smith. They should put this on pay-per-view.

Mesa, Az

O'Donnell is entitled to his opinion that's what makes this country so great. However, as in all decisions and actions that we make there will always be consquences which we have no control over, either in this life or the next. Perhaps, one day or future time, O'Donnell may have the opportunity to talk to Joseph Smith about his life. Now that would be interesting.

Hayden, ID

@ Truthseeker. The best predictor of a person’s future behavior is their past behavior. Do the terms “social Darwinism” and the threats to the SCOTUS mean anything to you? Of course team Obama will resort to personal attacks to get elected. What else has he got?
And yes, Obama does own the airwaves, and MSNBC hacks prove it!

non believer

Well, he is not completely off base on his comments.... Though one can find fault in EVERY religion since no God's or Deity's have appeared in the last 2000 years.... Joseph WAS convicted of being a Glass Looker and of Bad Moral Character years before he started the church. So some of what he said is true...... But like I always say, a half truth is still a lie... Just ask Sarah Palin!!!!!!

Cottonwood, CA

DO we expect any less from msnbc? Propaganda aping of deems and th e Obama campaign

Grand Forks, ND

@ Deep in thought

There isn't any petition that I know of. But you can go onto the MSNBC website and request a correction. You can locate it on their website under the shortcuts. Yes it is true poligamy is apart of the LDS past there is not denying that and we shoudn't try to hide it. But as for the rest of what was said, O'Donnell was wrong.

Salt Lake City, UT

He should've attacked atheists or muslims or black liberal religious people, then he'd have gotten a job at foxnews.

non believer

MSNBC is to the Left what FOX News is to the Right..... It's all fair game since FOX has been attacking Obama's religion since 2008. I still here from idiots that he is a Muslim and not Christian. The Right still verbally attacks his former Preacher, Rev Wright. Why should Mitt get a free pass?

Cedar Hills, UT

Anti-Mormon propaganda has led to many LDS conversions. Another news flash, there are Mormon democrats, and some very powerful ones. And yes, they reconcile the democrat party line to their LDS faith. And yes, they are as much responsible for LDS church's decision-making 150 years ago as Mitt Romney is.

O-Donnell's problem is he think the LDS church's membership would leave the church if they found out Joseph Smith wasn't a saint. Unfortunately for him, it appears that most members have gotten an answer directly from God through the Holy Spirit with regards to the validity of the Book of Mormon. They can't deny it is true, even if Joseph Smith was a sinner (like us all).

Lastly, the desire, planning, and act of tearing down anyone's faith is absurd. What's the point? If you think you have something better, then share it. Don't sit around taking pot-shots at other's houses. Maybe, O'Donnell is hoping they are made of glass.

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