Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Bill Scher

For the first time in October, the Watchdog got a question asked by the Sunday shows.

Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer asked former Gov. Mitt Romney about being endorsed by anti-Mormon Bob Jones III:

SCHIEFFER: Bob Jones, who heads Bob Jones University down in South Carolina, recently endorsed you. And he said this week that he is completely opposed to the doctrines of Mormonism, but he said he preferred your “erroneous” faith to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “lack of religion.”

ROMNEY: Isn’t that a great line?

SCHIEFFER: Do you accept that endorsement?

ROMNEY: Oh, I’m happy to receive endorsements from individuals, and, of course, we have different faiths. I’m not expecting him to endorse my faith. I’m not asking anyone to do that. I’m asking him to look at me as an American and judge my values, learn about me and my family, my character, and decide whether I could help America at a critical time.

So Romney is happy to receive the endorsement of someone who calls his own religion a “cult,” as well as attacking other Christians who disagree with him politically as having no religion at all.

When it came to other Watchdog questions that dealt with policy issues, Fox News Sunday was nowhere to be found.

Host Chris Wallace failed to ask Sen. John McCain anything about the vetoed expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. (In fact, no host brought up children’s health insurance today, despite it being the biggest domestic issue of the week.)

Wallace also failed to ask former Gov. Mike Huckabee about criticisms of his signature domestic issue, abolishing the I.R.S. and replacing the federal income tax with a sales tax.

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