The network morning shows on Thursday took a mostly light-hearted look at clothing company Benetton's ad campaign featuring the Pope kissing a Muslim cleric. The ads, which have now been pulled under legal pressure, were summarized by Good Morning America's Josh Elliott. He parroted, "It was part of Benetton 's Unhate campaign, challenging people to have the courage not to hate."It's no secret that the immoral social liberals that dominate the mainstream media despite Christianity, so no wonder that they'd support a slime campaign like this.
Elliott described the company's removal of the ad as "bowing to pressure from the Vatican." None of the networks, however, mentioned any possible negativity from Muslims. Only NBC's Today referred to them as "very, very controversial," with fourth hour co-host Hoda Kotb blanching, "Put your breakfast down. Because you're going to want to."
Kathie Lee Giffords added, "Speaking of cringing." Of course, this didn't happen until the 10am hour.
Earlier in the program, co-anchor Ann Curry joked, asking of Matt Lauer and Al Roker, "How do you guys feel about the picture of you two kissing?" Lauer quipped, "It's okay. Which one?"
The ads also featured pictures of Barack Obama kissing Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.
GMA's Elliott narrated as the pictures appeared onscreen, "German leader Angela Merkel, shown canoodling with french President Sarkozy. I believe that was a canoodle."
He did explain that the Vatican has called the Pope image a "grave act of disrespect," but mostly kept a light tone.