This didn’t get nearly the attention that Brian Williams and NBC’s Rock Center received, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Raymond Arroyo interviewed Mitt Romney about his faith for EWTN (the “Eternal Word Television Network”), the very Catholic broadcasting operation, now with a global twenty-four hour reach, founded by Mother Mary Angelica back in 1980.
Now, as for the NBC special:
On the whole, since I was expecting the usual major-media ambush, ornamented as it typically is with a fair amount of elitist sneering (of the “Mormons are nice people, but they’re also dumb provincial rubes” variety), I was very positively surprised at the tenor of this piece. Sure, we can lament the fact that disaffected Mormons got disproportionate air time, and that some really good things weren’t said or shown. But, really, it was pretty good. I was especially surprised at the segment at the very end, with the gay ex-Mormon in the Broadway cast of the “Book of Mormon musical.” I had dreaded it, but I found it unexpectedly affirmative and even somewhat moving. I wish him well.
I checked in on one or two ex-Mormon discussion boards, and they were, by and large, extremely displeased with NBC’s treatment of the Church (a “puff piece,” “probably scripted by LDS Inc,” etc.). That confirmed my sense that the program was quite good. Some Mormons have complained, but we need to remember that we have no right to expect, and certainly no realistic basis for expecting, that non-Mormon journalists will act as if they were employees of Church Public Affairs.