I'm just surprised that it's taken this long. From the AP Wire:
NBC News unsuccessfully went back to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to request an interview for this week's prime-time special on the Mormon faith after he began to seem more open to talking about it.
The single-topic "Rock Center" episode will air Thursday as originally planned, said the show's executive producer, Rome Hartman.
The newsmagazine's producers thought it worthwhile to examine the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the eve of one of its members becoming the Republican nominee for president. During the hour, correspondent Harry Smith does a piece on why Mormons are so successful in business and tours a Salt Lake City warehouse where a huge amount of supplies is kept for the needy.
Kate Snow profiles a gay person, a feminist and an interracial couple on their experiences within the church, and NBC finds a Mormon cast member of the Broadway show "The Book of Mormon."
The biggest red flag here is the presence of Harry Smith (see here), a man who represents conservative criticisms of the media made flesh. Beyond that, it looks like the usual pap: a pro forma nod to the decent people within the faith combined with prolonged hand-wringing about how intolerant the church is towards people who probably don't agree with its doctrine (the corollary of the left's belief that dissent is the highest form of patriotism seems to be that heresy is the highest form of faith).
For what it's worth, I'm not particularly bothered. If anyone can bungle this to such an epic degree that it boomerangs back on the press, it's Smith. And the topic itself is a legitimate, if tertiary, one. Of course, in the interest of objectivity, I'll be awaiting the hour-long profile of Jeremiah Wright's church the following week.