The Media Research Center hates it when the media tells the truth about conservatives, and Tim Graham demonstrates it again in an Aug. 15 NewsBusters post, complaining that the Washington Post reported the indisputable fact that "It has not been especially difficult work" for Harry Reid to "exploit perceptions" that Sharron Angle, his Republican opponent for his Nevada Senate seat, "is a dangerous reactionary."
Graham even goes so far as to suggest than an extremist Christian-based movement isn't all that extremist. After noting that the Post reported that Reid has been promoting the idea that Angle is a Christian reconstructionist and that it is indeed true that "some of Angle's views mirror those of Christian Reconstructionists," Graham tries tochange the subject: "Of course, to any group of secular leftists, it's frightening for any conservative politician to talk about God, regardless of whether the Rushdoony arguments have a scintilla of merit."
As we've noted, reconstructionism endorses the idea of the death penalty for "moral crimes," such as homosexuality. While it may not be a movement of significant size -- indeed, the Post reports that it "dried up" after founder R.J. Rushdoony died -- it is significant if a candidate holds such views. Rather than investigating whether Angle does, Graham chose to play dumb instead -- whcih suggests that he knows it's true but won't admit it.