The US media urged the White House to issue a stronger condemnation of the Rev. Pat Robertson's remarks on August 23's The 700 Club, calling for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
Christian moderates emphasized that Robertson does not speak for most Christians. Others noted that Robertson succeeded only in strengthening Chavez's power and his claims that the US considers him a target, especially due to Robertson's close ties with the Bush administration.
Most frequent messages
1. Robertson's comments were not Christian and don't represent most Christians' views
2. Robertson's comments have only strengthened Chavez and weakened the US' credibility
3. The Bush administration has close ties with Robertson
4. The Bush administration's response to Robertson's comments was too tepid
5. US response to Robertson contrasts with its response to other religious extremists
Based on 43 editorials and opinion pieces appearing in US newspapers from August 25-26, 2005
Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International