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Published: Thursday, April 12 2012 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Logan, UT

He offended many Mormons. Try fourteen million. I could see in his face how he knew what he was saying was wrong. He had this look on his face while he was saying it. A 'professional' like him does not get important facts like these right. On purpose.


Apology accepted.

Salt Lake City, UT

He's not sorry at all. He'll go on believing what he wants. The mormon church needs to definitely take him up on his offer to have a representative come on the show. I think his problem is he's just never been around a happy, active mormon. He'd change his mind if had. Mormons may have a funky religion but the ones I know I like and have nothing to complain about.

Salt Lake City, Utah

When digging a pit for others it is important not to fall in it yourself. The only person Lawrence O'Donnell hurt with his venomous comment was himself.

Springville, UT

There are lessons to be learned on both sides of this issue. Religion should be off-limits, not only for people like O'Donnell, but also for Mormons and Republicans on the other side. We saw attacks on President Obama for his association with a church in 2008, and he has been called a Muslim. And frankly, most Mormons will vote for Romney simply because he is Mormon. Nothing else would explain the strong support of a Massachusetts patrician politician who has a history of being far more liberal than Utah Mormons. To all sides, if you want to bring Mormonism into the equation, pro or con, be prepared for push back.

Springville, UT

crodier of LAYTON, UT, you show the most class of all.

Kaysville, UT

President Obama is able to use his minions as testing fields for comments he would use if he didn't have these people do it for him. There will be hundreds of these types of comments that will get to the people that will make judgements and they will be non-LDS who will use them against Mitt Romney. Apologies or corrections in any media do not make it to the people that are affected by the mistatements or errors in judgement. The Obama administration knows that. They go around the world apologizing for all the things that the United States, in their minds, have done over the past 200 years. Apologies are part of people who are not honest but that doesn't change the people who heard the statements as apologies are not heard by them. We just need to get used to this happening until at least November and if Romney wins it won't be the last, I would picture. These people are against the good things and don't care what they say or feel. They are good at their acting. People that don't have integrity or tell the truth will always be playing this

Kaysville, UT

Larry O'Donnell knows exactly what he has done and is doing and will do. He was not born yesterday and MSNBC knows and believes what he is doing is good. If it was a Republican on MSNBC that was doing that they would have been gone, yesterday. For this type of media, the end justifies the means. If one falls, another will be there to pick up the community action type of publicity. There are a lot of organizations affiliated with the President's past and present to fill in for Mr. Larry O'Donnell, unfortunately. With Governor Romney as the Republican nominee, basically, and with the selection process going for the Vice-President, there will be twice as much negative press when that person is announced. 4 years later and Sarah Palin negative publicity is still going on in the press as an attempt to show Republican type of people. Look at Saturday Night Live, etc. and they try to show Republicans in a very negative light, just as the lady with Mrs. Romney, who has always been a light to those she deals with. We just need to expect it from this DNC campaign from Chicago.

Salt Lake City, UT

Umm, Esquire, how about the fact that he was intimately involved with and, by most accounts, saved the 2002 Olympic Games from scandal and financial ruin?

You're free to believe what you want about your fellow Mormons' motivations, but I believe that most, like me, support him because he seems to be a capable leader who understands business, knows how to make tough decisions, and can obviously run huge organizations.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

It was kind of an apology. He said "if" he made errors in reporting. He wouldn't acknowledge that he did make errors and misrepresented an entire faith and religion. I suppose this is one of nbc finer journalists that fact finds and fine tooth combs everything before offering it to the masses for consumption. We saw and are seeing how well he's doing reporting on the obama regime and their failed policies.

I would like a real apology, but, appreciate that he at least offered to allow the church to send a rep. to explain the beliefs to the audience. But, let's see if it's smoke and mirrors or if he really is going to allow someone to represent the church and explain the beliefs.

I wonder if Odonnel believes choosing to stay home to raise children, doesn't count as work?

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Esquire Springville, UT
"And frankly, most Mormons will vote for Romney simply because he is Mormon."

I doubt that any of my LDS friends who are Democrats will be voting for Romney. Those LDS who vote for him will do so because they believe he will be a better fit in the White House and not because of his faith. Those who have been bringing up Romney's faith are primarily those trying to dig a pit for him to fall in.

Salt Lake City, UT

If Mr. O'Donnell really wants to show he is sorry, he will take the Missionary Lessons
and learn the truth about this religion he finds so offensive.

Fred Vader
Oklahoma City, OK

Getting offended when donkeys bray is like getting offended when swine squeal. It's what donkey's do, it is their nature, they bray.

A wise man once said, essentially, "Only a fool is offended when no offense intended, and it is a greater fool who is offended when offense was intended." In other words, don't let others control you by allowing yourself to be offended by their braying.

Salt Lake City, UT


"If Mr. O'Donnell really wants to show he is sorry, he will take the Missionary Lessons
and learn the truth "

Eh, that probably won't help, if he doesn't end up joining many people will just think he's insincere because that's what's said way too often and offensively towards those who read the Book of Mormon and pray about it and don't get an affirming answer.


O'Donnell is a cable TV personality not a news anchor. The only news MSNBC has ever reported is when they show the after primary speeches by the candidates. O'Donnell is just like another Bill Maher or Rachel Maddow. He is irrelevant.

However, Chris Matthews gets real time on NBC. He owes the viewers a lot more apologies.

Bluffdale, UT

There is no way the LDS Church should go on MSNBC. MSNBC is a politics only show full of tilted spin. Don't mix up religion with this group during this campaign. Don't do it.

If Lawrence is really sorry, get him to use his influence to have a real interview between an LDS spokesperson and a real reporter on NBC, like Tom Brokaw.

Ernesto de Bajo
Albuquerque, NM

I used to record O'Donnell's MSNBC show. As an independent voter--one who pulled the trigger for Obama in 2008--I like to take in differing perspectives. I stopped recording the show a few weeks ago, though, tired of the narrow political zealotry and religious bigotry.

Salem, ut

An "apology" like that is worth fifty cents to buy a cup of coffee. Oh, gee sorry if I offended any coffee drinkers who may have taken offense at the price of coffee.

O'Donnell is like the majority of the MSM commie/libs. Disgusting, irrelevant people.

Hey It's Me
Salt Lake City, UT

I wish we could just stick to the issues that face all of Americans. Whether a person is Catholic, protestant, Cristian, or non-believing doesn't matter to me. I want to know how we are going to get our jobs back from china, Mexico,and many other places so Americans can work and live a decent life. I want to know about Health care, social security etc. Religion has no effect on how these issues play out. The more you complain the more it keeps it in the lime light instead of focusing on what's really important. Get with it people get the facts about what will affect your life and future.

deseret pete
robertson, Wy

Someone asked where he got his INfo -- probably from police gazette or the natoinal inquirer - some others say many of his statements were accurate -- they must be reading the same stuff.

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