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Published: Monday, June 27 2011 1:30 p.m. MDT

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XelaDave
Salem, UT

I watched this last week and while you could nit-pic here and there and want this or that added I thought it was fair given the format and time constraints- that is about all you ask for in such a forum

johnnylingo62
Gray, TN

Wow, I'm shocked... CNN got it right with the facts in this short clip. That's great and I really appreciate it. yes i do.

LDSareChristians
Anchorage, AK

Wow, other then ending abruptly, that was a good video.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices
whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance."

-1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-7

"Jesus replied, 'The most important commandment is this: The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.'"

-MARK 12:29-31

"So now I (Jesus) am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should LOVE each other."

-JOHN 13:34

"We LOVE Him, because He first loved us."

-1 JOHN 4:19

When I was at the lowest point in my life, I heard a chap named Dr. Robert H. Schuller saying, "Tough times never last, but tough people do!".

MenaceToSociety
Draper, UT

Why would you be surprised CNN got it right? It's not Fox News.

dbfox
Grand Junction, CO

Draper, UT

You answered your own question. Fox rocks, CNN sucks.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

CNN could save itself a lot of trouble by just adding a link to lds.org. People could then find out all they wanted about our beliefs and then some. You can never trust a news organization to be accurate ... too much bias and political motivation in the big news organizations today. I think most of the fear and hate misinformation is coming from the evangelicals since they see their bottom line ($$$) being effected if a Mormon is elected. Evangelicals are famous for keeping their flock in the dark as much as possible and discouraging them from any sort of investigation. Pretty sad but very predictable.

JM
Lehi, UT

Now if we could just get the DN comment anti-Mormons to be accurate.....: )

VST
Bountiful, UT

Just for the record (and for MenaceToSociety), according to a recent Suffolk University Opinion Poll (20 May 2011), the following question was asked: "What political news source do you trust the most?"

Fox News scored the highest at 28%. CNN was second at 18%. All of the others were way behind these two (10% or less).

You may not agree, but remember, this is an OPINION poll that mirrors a current viewpoint about "trusted political news sources."

Sparky908
Yakima, WA

Good job. A fair video with all the key facts in place within the time constraints. Nice to see a fair impartial report. Hats off to Mr. Ferguson.
Keep up the good work.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

Another step in the right direction. Maybe more people will start to realize that an LDS president will not try to force their values on the citizens of this country any more than JFK tried to as the Catholic president.

CougarBlue
Heber City, UT

Well done within the time constraints and fairly stated.

Emily
Salt Lake City, UT

Patriot, I couldn't help laughing when I read your comment

"CNN could save itself a lot of trouble by just adding a link to lds.org. People could then find out all they wanted about our beliefs and then some. You can never trust a news organization to be accurate ... too much bias and political motivation in the big news organizations today."

Bias and "political" motivations is exactly why many people would seek out a news organization to find out about a particular religion instead of going directly to the source. A third party is more likely to be transparent, since they aren't trying to convert you. CNN used a very neutral tone, which I appreciated.

"Evangelicals are famous for keeping their flock in the dark as much as possible and discouraging them from any sort of investigation. Pretty sad but very predictable."

These remarks can easily be applied to the LDS church as well, since they discourage their members from using outside sources to investigate church history and beliefs. Even if a book or article is historically accurate, it can be labeled "anti-Mormon" if it doesn't present the church in a positive light.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'Accurate' and 'religion.'

That's cute!

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

@ MenaceToSociety

You have not seen the "test" that was given to a various people about current events. FOX News people scored much higher than CNN or any other news givers. The quality of questions were such that made it completly unbiased.

This article really suprised me also. CNN is not known for its facts, but I do have to admit, they have turned things around the last few months. Maybe they have been looking at the polls and see where they are vs FOX News along with MSNBC, and the big three news networks.

Idaho Coug
Meridian, Idaho

I have to agree that this was one of the most neutral and accurate non-LDS depictions of Mormonism that I have seen. It doesn't come close to answering every question people will have or addressing every aspect they may have heard about but it also didn't perpetuate false beliefs.

Now the challenge remains that even a very neutral and accurate portrayal of the LDS faith will still seem very odd and silly to many. That is just the nature of spiritual and supernatural beliefs. They tend to defy logic by their very nature which is why religion is all about faith.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@VST

["What political news source do you trust the most?"

Fox News scored the highest at 28%. CNN was second at 18%. All of the others were way behind these two (10% or less).]

If, as conservatives believe is the case, everyone else is the "mainstream liberal media" and then there's Fox... wouldn't that mean Fox would win because all the others are splitting the mainstream media vote? So I don't think the poll really says all that much except that Fox News is where conservatives get their news. I have a feeling that if asked "what political news source do you trust the least" fox would also win that one for the same reason. It's rather anomalous which tends to lead itself to strong opinions one way or the other.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

My cousin has a moral disability. He can take advantage of other people, and he doesn't seem to see it as something that is wrong, that he ought to be ashamed of. If you watch the movie "The Bad Seed", you will get an idea of what I am talking about. Some people are just wired differently.

guswetrust
Cebterville, Utah

I thought it was a nice description without getting defensive or pointing fingers. Just nice and to the point!...And, very understandable!

DanO
Mission Viejo, CA

VST, while you might trust them, it doesn't mean they're unbiased, they just seem to support your own biases. And Eddie, according to Pew Research, public knowledge of current affairs isn't Fox News strong point. They scored a 35 on high knowledge level. Admittedly, CNN scored a 41, but both were bested by Colbert Report/Daily show at 54.

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