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Published: Thursday, Oct. 11 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

Right, Jackie. A candidate's character, integrity, and honesty, or lack thereof, are totally irrelevant to her qualifications to hold public office. And journalists should conceal facts that bear on those issues.

Huh? So that's what Utah politics have descended to?

Thank you, Lee Benson, for doing exactly what good journalists do.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Real issues are complex and few Americans are willing to put in the time to understand them. It is impossible to discuss, say, tax policy in a nine second sound bite, so it never gets discussed in any but the most superficial terms.

The media would mainly like to talk about conflict, sensational personal details, and outright fluff. The perfect fodder for people with short attention spans and limited knowledge, or "low information voters" as politicians like to call them.

Steve C. Warren
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Curmudgeon's comment is absolutely right.

Apparently, Jackie M. Smith thinks that whether a candidate has integrity and acts responsibly are not "pivotal" issues.

I, too, thank Lee Benson for doing exactly what good journalists do.

Utah Observer
West Jordan, Utah

What Lee Benson was trying to do is get Mia Love to respond back to him. She didn't. Her GOP handlers didn't want her talking to him again, thinking she might make it worse. They really don't have confidence in her on this subject, i.e. she really did bad when Doug Wright on KSL had her comment on the Mother Jones story the first time around. She did ok the second time with Doug but since she refused to talk with Benson again, he thought it should write a column to see what reaction would come. Don't know whether she responded or not. Until she does, this story is not going away. Lesson learned, be responsive to journalists.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

Jackie Smith from AF, the 4th Estate once was a critical part in the governing of this great nation but since becoming "corporate" are now consciously contributing to the divisiveness, the the birthism, the radicalism. They have moved from being investigative to being partisan for profits. Who do you think is the big winner with the obscene amounts of money that is being thrown around for these elections? I find it amusing how the credibility of a story is in direct proportion to your own partisanship.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Jackie forgets the paramount reason we have "Freedom of the Press" is so that the Press can be the Government Watch-dogs for the People.

Lee Benson was doing PRECISLY what good journalism is all about - finding and reporting the Truth!

If you want one-sided, filtered, propaganda -- keep listening to FoxNews and their Profits - Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck - who will tell you what you want to hear.

The rest of us want the TRUTH reported, the Good and the Bad.

I'd hate to see the DN slip away any further into uber-far-right-wing world of lop-sidedness.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

The true issue was whether Love acts like an ethical and honorable person. Lee Benson provided factual evidence that calls her ethics and honor into question. Benson did his job, and did it well. Kudos to Benson. Cowpies to Love for obfuscting and being less than truthful. It clearly shows that she does not have the character necessary to serve in the House of Representatives.

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