ABC offered rising Republican Marco Rubio an extended interview for Monday's Nightline,
but pressed the Senator on briefly attending a Mormon church as a child
and on a misstatement over when his parents left Cuba. In contrast, the
same network and show gushed over Barack Obama in 2008, thrilling that
his rallies were like "Springsteen concerts."
Reporter David Muir on Monday highlighted that in Rubio's newly released autobiography, the Republican references his "journey to Las Vegas, where for a time, the family switched to the Mormon church." Muir probed, "You were baptized in the Mormon church?"
course, just because someone mentions something in a book, doesn't mean
that ABC will focus on it. Barack Obama appeared repeatedly on Good Morning America and Nightline in the years from 2006 through 2008.
In his 1995 book Dreams of My Father, Obama recounted a Reverend Jeremiah Wright sermon on "white folks greed." (See page 293.) The anchors on Nightline surely didn't mention that.
On April 28, 2008, reporter David Wright, instead, referred to the "soft-spoken" Wright who "couldn't seem more different" than he had been described.
On the November 6, 2006, edition, host Terry Moran gushed:
TERRY MORAN: "You can see it in the crowds. The thrill, the hope. How they surge toward him. You're looking at an American political phenomenon. In state after state, in the furious final days of this crucial campaign, Illinois Senator Barack Obama has been the Democrat's not-so-secret get-out-the-vote weapon. He inspires the party faithful and many others, like no one else on the scene today...And the question you can sense on everyone's mind, as they listen so intently to him, is he the one? Is Barack Obama the man, the black man, who could lead the Democrats back to the White House and maybe even unite the country?"
Monday, Muir pushed Rubio on how he described his parents journey to
America: "You've been criticized for saying your parents were Cuban
exiles who along with so many others escaped a thug in Fidel Castro,
when, in reality, they actually left before Castro came in to power. Do
you regret having told the story that way?"
Host Moran did introduce the segment by describing Rubio as the "fastest rising Hispanic American political start right now." However, ABC journalists certainly seem more interested in vetting possible vice presidential candidate Rubio then they did with Obama.
A partial transcript of the June 18 segment can be found below: