'Big Fan' Jake Tapper Offers One-Sided Puff Piece on Vulgar Mormon Musical
Published: 3/18/2011 1:15 PM ET
According to Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, reporter Jake Tapper is a "big fan" of South Park. His affection showed on Friday as he interviewed the program's creators, the duo behind a vulgar Broadway play mocking Mormons.
At no time during the segment on The Book of Mormon did Tapper feature any on-camera criticism of Parker and Stone. (He simply read a statement at the end of the piece.) Instead, the journalist mildly offered questions such as "Why go after Mormons?"
When Stone asserted, "I don't think either of us think that Mormonism is any goofier than Hinduism or Christianity," Tapper had no comment.
Co-host Robin Roberts teased the piece by touting, "And Jake Tapper is a big fan of South Park." She followed up by adding, "Well, Jake Tapper is back. You're a big South Park fan. You went behind the scenes. What did you see?"
(Perhaps it was Tapper's enthusiasm that led him to incorrectly refer to Parker and Stone's Team America movie as a film about "South Korean despot Kim Jong il.")
It was only at the very end of the segment that Tapper attempted any sort of balance. He noted, "The statement from the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints says, 'The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.'"
Tapper previously interviewed Parker and Stone in 2006.
A transcript of the segment, which aired at 8:43am on March 18, follows: