Letter: Lawrence O'Donnell's remarks


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  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    Charles? That gave you a good laugh? Hookay

  • @Charles the greater outdoors, UT
    April 19, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    Counter Intelligence: thanks for the laugh this morning! I needed that badly and LDS LIb seems to provide the commentary for such laughs each day.

    It's been interesting watching the Lefties on these pages state comments like Mr. Bass has but when it was Rush on the hotseat for his comment the Left couldn't get enough of it, on the Dnews and the national media that ran with it daily for weeks.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 18, 2012 3:39 p.m.

    Re: RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    "You reap what you sow"

    Obviously a reference to the LDS Church's humanitarian work around the world that primarily helps those in need who are not members of the Church. The LDS Church continues to grow and expand worldwide and it is an indication of the fruits of their labor.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    April 18, 2012 12:00 p.m.

    Does it matter what Laurance O'Donnell said? He's just another "barking dog" spoken of by Elder Bruce R. McConkie in 1984:

    "The Church is like a great caravan—organized, prepared, following an appointed course, with its captains of tens and captains of hundreds all in place.

    What does it matter if a few barking dogs snap at the heels of the weary travelers? Or that predators claim those few who fall by the way? The caravan moves on.

    Is there a ravine to cross, a miry mud hole to pull through, a steep grade to climb? So be it. The oxen are strong and the teamsters wise. The caravan moves on.

    Are there storms that rage along the way, floods that wash away the bridges, deserts to cross, and rivers to ford? Such is life in this fallen sphere. The caravan moves on.

    Ahead is the celestial city, the eternal Zion of our God, where all who maintain their position in the caravan shall find food and drink and rest. Thank God that the caravan moves on!"

    Let O'Donnell "bark", let him "howl". It just doesn't matter.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    April 18, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    "...people like that man don't care who they offend ..."


    You reap what you sow.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 18, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    As I recall Obama or his campaign people did not challenge Romney's religion. However Romney did accuse Obama of "worshiping" secularism. I am sorry but that is an unfair declaration, any more than romneycare would suggest Romney worships secularism.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    April 18, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    To John Charity Spring | 8:00 a.m. 4/18

    I agree with your assessment of ALL the obnoxious political commentators, on both sides of the political spectrum, and don't watch, or listen to, any of them. I sincerely hope that your call for a boycott refers not only to O'Donnell, Olbermann, Letterman, and their ilk, but also Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, and their ilk. Those on the right are just as veracity-challenged as those on the left. None of them, left or right, contribute anything of value to the political dialog and should be ignored. A pox on all of them.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 18, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    Ah, If only there were facts about religion and a way to recognize them.

    With all the phony documents, counterfeiting, and lies, I have lost my faith in recorded history.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    "I believe strongly that we need to become much more fiscally conservative as a nation. But, I am not opposed to Gay marriage and I think we need to scale back our military.

    What does that make me?"

    Unelectable. (sorry, couldn't resist).

  • Stalwart Sentinel San Jose, CA
    April 18, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    @JoeBlow - That is a good question. It appears you are not fully comfortable with a status quo and have the ability to reason... welcome to the liberal camp.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 18, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    I view the easily offended LDS members no differently than any other group who walks around with either a chip on their shoulder, or an axe to grind just looking for an argument or a fight.

    Whatever happened to ”Turning the other cheek” and “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”

    I guess it’s only lip service, or hears of the word only.
    You either live your religion, or you don’t.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 18, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    People would love to paint all "liberals" and all "conservatives" as being exactly the same.

    Cant there be degrees of each?

    How about someone who is a fiscal conservative and social moderate or liberal.

    More and more, people seem to let their party define their views. I find it hard to believe that so many people seem to be in agreement with the party line on EVERYTHING.

    I believe strongly that we need to become much more fiscally conservative as a nation. But, I am not opposed to Gay marriage and I think we need to scale back our military.

    What does that make me?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 18, 2012 10:00 a.m.

    @ Rifleman, get real, would you? "atl34" gets it right. Besides, do you even really know how liberals feel about motherhood? They all have moms, they love their moms just like everyone else. They just want moms to be able to choose how to govern their own personal lives and want moms to be paid fairly for doing the same work as dads. I realize that fairness and equality, and the absence of government in our personal lives, are not conservative principles, but give it some thought. You might actually like it!

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    "O'Donnell's comments represent the liberal's views on motherhood."

    Um... this is about his remarks on Mormonism, where'd you get motherhood from?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    April 18, 2012 8:57 a.m.

    How were his comments any better than what Rush, Hannity, and Fox spew every day?

    Where was this letter writer's outrage when "deep-seated hatred for white culture, death panels, Obama=Muslim, Obama is a Nazi, Obama isn't American, the woman who testified before Congress is a prostitute, etc"

    O'Donnell learned from the best, foxnews! He were merely copying what AM RADIO and Fox do every single day.

    Which is why we cannot get our news from "the news." They all have agendas. They all want to turn us against each other. Which is sad right now.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 18, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    Esquire Springville, UT
    "Please, give it a rest. The persecution complex gets wearisome."

    O'Donnell's comments represent the liberal's views on motherhood. They just get embarrassed when their views are verbalized. I can see why they would want to "just let it pass and move on".

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 18, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    So Pragmatist, it seems to me that nobody knows the real facts and no journalists want to "go there" and try to discover them. If the DN wants to illuminate (rather than just sell advertising space) then they should attempt to do their job and illuminate. If not, i think they should get off the subject.

  • Darrel Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 18, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    Who cares what this guy thinks or says? I am comfortable enough with my beliefs, I don't seek, or need outside validation.

    This guy is paid to be shocking, and guess what, he was! The writer made the comment that if it were any other religion he would be fired, let's put the shoe on the other foot. If he made the same remarks about Islam, would you even care?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 18, 2012 8:47 a.m.

    He was misinformed and he apologized. As I recall there was a conference talk a few years ago about not being offended. Get over it.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    April 18, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    Hear, hear, 1aggie. It will never happen because those facts have long ago been hidden. Lawrence O'Donnell may have not done an extensive fact search before his comments..but had he done so he would have found the mormon sanitized version, and the nay sayers version. He simply chose the latter.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 18, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    Please, give it a rest. The persecution complex gets wearisome. Why so offended when talking heads say something, particularly when those on the right have made false statements a whole new art form? Just let it pass and move on. Are we going to beat it to death?

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    April 18, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    Our brother from Midvale is correct. These so-called analysis shows present little more than talking-heads who will say anything to boost ratings. These talkers have no real values or opinions and they are willing to lie, slander, and defame in order to attract viewers.

    Unfortunately, the great masses of the public are too foolish to realize this. Indeed, the masses sit back mindlessly soaking up this drivel like it was actual news.

    The public should be condemned for pandering to these hate-mongers. All patriotic Americans have a duty to boycott any show such as this that is little more than a vehicle to attack religion.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 18, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    People keep claiming that what O'Donnel said was not true and the DN keeps printing these claims. I believe they are not true, but wouldn't good investigative journalism involve printing the truth? Or if the truth is not known, printing what exactly is known and what is not?

    A lot of hearsay and opinion is being printed, but if the DN has published an article detailing the facts (how many wives, what ages when married, how many already married to other men, etc.) I missed it. All I'm saying is more facts and less opinion would be helpful at this point.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    April 18, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    Its an election year. If you have not realized that FOX, MSNBC are just tools to be used by the left and right, and you still watch those channels for news, you should re-evaluate where you get your information.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 18, 2012 7:20 a.m.

    Just ignore him, he will go away.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 18, 2012 6:16 a.m.

    It is interesting that Lawrence O'Donnell chose the LDS Church and not Islam for his venomous attack. After Salman Rushdie wrote "The Satanic Verses" the Ayatollah Khomeini made death threats including a fatwā.