Boston reporter Jon Keller, who covers politics for CBS affiliate WBZ-TV, mocked presidential contender Rick Santorum in a story that aired yesterday, warning the former senator that "he isn’t in Iowa anymore."
Keller took exception to Santorum's decision to walk away from a question about his comments, ten years ago, on the sex abuse scandal that plagued the Catholic Church in New England at the time.
In 2002, Santorum wrote an article
in which he said the abuse had been partly caused by "cultural liberalism" in religious seminaries and society in general:
It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning "private" moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.
Santorum's statement only became controversial three years later
, in 2005, when he faced a tough re-election challenge, which he ultimately lost.
Santorum had, indeed, responded to the controversy on several occasions, as he told Keller in New Hampshire yesterday.
Keller, obviously angry about Santorum's response, used his news segment to taunt the former senator--as well as Iowa Republicans, whom he called "arch-conservative."
He also twisted Santorum's words before an audience of students, saying that Santorum had "equated gay marriage with polygamy." In fact, Santorum had used polygamy as an extreme example in debating a student about whether the purported "right to happiness" had limits.
The mainstream media hates Santorum. They hate the fact that a social conservative would even dare to run for the presidency, and are treating his widely-shared traditional beliefs as a disqualification from office. And he continues to win by refusing to apologize for those values--exposing the shameless bigotry of his would-be journalistic Inquisitors in the process.