Audio: In which a shot messenger hauls out the whole Huckabee
Yesterday, after his unbelievable comments about homosexuality and puppies (among many other things) exploded on the web, Mike Huckabee issued the following statement, snarkily condemning M.C. Tracey, the College of New Jersey journalist who had printed his thoughts:
Governor Mike Huckabee: "The young college student hopefully will find a career other than journalism. I would ask that he release the unedited tape of our conversation. I believe that what people do as individuals in their private lives is their business, but I do not believe we should change the traditional definition of marriage. Not only didn't he attempt to sensationalize my well known and hardly unusual views of same-sex marriage, he also inaccurately reported my views on Michael Steele as GOP chairman - I offered my support and didn't "Rip into Steele" as his article asserted. I had a candid and frank conversation with the group about health care, education, the economy and national security while the young journalism student, instead, chose to focus on the issue of same-sex marriage and grossly distort my views."
Only problem for the former Arkansas governor, current FOX news host, onetime shedder-of-extra-poundage, and likely GOP presidential hopeful? Well, that the young reporter did indeed do his legwork:
RESPONSE TO HUCKABEE STATEMENT [The Perspective]
And there's your tape, Gov. Huckabee. Same comments that were in the print piece, same offense taken. Or actually, even more offense, since the comments all put together like this sound even worse than they did in print!
Gov. Huck: How about if you want to be president of the entire nation, you stop shooting down both journalistic messengers and the basic civil rights of citizens who fall outside of your personal moral purview, and instead develop the fortitude to embrace both your own spoken words and the full spectrum of society? And if you can't respect a constitution with both a sense of equal protection and a free press, perhaps you should stop suggesting alternative career paths for others and start considering whether your own views make you fit to serve as a top executive of this fair and free nation.
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