Jacob Weisberg on Romney, Mormons, and Elected Office–In Two Places at Once


Jacob Weisberg has an opinion piece on Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and why his Mormon faith disqualifies him for the presidency in both Slate and The Financial Times today. And what’s interesting is that the two pieces are ever so slightly different.

The Slate piece gives the reader a little more history (he recommends Fawn Brodie’s biography of Joseph Smith, the founder of the LDS church) and a little more pop culture (Big Love, for example).

The Financial Times piece, both in the print and in the on-line versions, is shorter, but the really key point appears in a stand-alone paragraph, while the same sentence in Slate is tucked into a longer paragraph. Describing Joseph Smith, Weisberg wrote:

He was an obvious conman. Mr Romney has every right to believe in conmen but he should not be running the country if he does.

And that really lays it out, doesn’t it? And in the print version, it’s the pull quote.

The difference of content between the two pieces is most likely due to space concerns, but the formatting differences make the Financial Times version far more hard-hitting.