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Published: Friday, May 11 2012 9:00 a.m. MDT

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Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

Makes us sound a little nuts! Too bad they have such a biased opinion! Did they go to obama's church and hear wright deliver his sermans? No, not a chance. Besides he never heard any of it anyway. There was only one Sunday when the rev ever said anything against white people, or jews, or America, and gosh darn obama wasn't in attendance. s/

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

It's a blessing and a curse that people are allowed to freely write. However, when you claim to be a journalists, then you should respect the field and actually do some research on the topic; and not assume that you understand everything on the topic.

This is one reason journalism is dying and people are no longer reading from the established papers. They're more interested in selling a headline, rather than investigate and give people accurate information so they can make up their own mind. Instead they have an agenda and try to force people to think the way they want them to.

Trust of the media has gone out the window. Polls show that the media is trusted less than Congress. You rarely see that posted in an article.

Oceanside, CA

Concur to Liberal Ted’s comment...however; this is not the first time New York Post will lose another round of creditability. In addition, it just adds more concrete evidence to why newspaper is a down turn with active subscribers.

President Obama asked in privately to his former pastor, to tone down his typical rhetoric. However, he didn’t. That was the last time President Obama met with this man. (See Ron Kessler book titled, “In the President’s Secret Service”)

The only comment I can add, not only this individual needs help in her terrible journalism, she needs to spend time with local members or missionaries to help her for any hopeful future editorial piece.

m.g. scott

Sounded a little like the reporter was troubled that the LDS Church might get some positive publicity from having the President and possible Senate Majority Leader going to the same church. We can't have that now, can we. The mistakes in this article were mild compared to what the LDS Church is in for, not only during the campaign, but especially if Romney does win the Presidency. I'd say the Church had better take on the atitude that the only bad publicity of no publicity, because if Romney wins, both good and bad are going to be happening a lot.

Logan, UT

This is funny but wrong. How many people are going to believe what she says? I just laughed at how off the wall she is about all this. Where is responsible journalism? Where are the editors who are to make sure things are written accurately?

Uncle Gadianton
Salt Lake City, Utah

Instead of an article in the Deseret News, why weren't these concerns voiced to the New York Post?

Professional journalists should be held to a professional standard.

Gray, TN

It's so sad that this type of reporting can go "un-vetted" by the editor or ombudsman of the paper to verify the factual or non-factual content before it becomes printed.
Now, somebody will google the church, happen upon this article, take quotes from it, provide their "source tag" and perpetuate the false information (unless that is what their reporting on "inaccuracies of reporting on mormons").
This is not new news, it was going on in 1827, all through Joseph Smith's lifetime - supposedly factual newspaper articles that sound "strange" and present the Mormons as dangerous or lunatics. Just another day in the demise of journalism about conservatives.

Magna, UT

Before you rant about the liberal media...this was The New York POST! You know, the ultra-conservative daily newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch and News Corp that has been rated as the least credible news source in NYC. Yes, that New York Post, not the New York Times.

At least vent your indignant rage at the right people.

Centerville, UT

Shoddy journalism. What else is new.


Hugh, The deseret news never shows bias? The hole just getting dug deeper. Funny how people react to such benign statements,

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

The New Yourk Post is by media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation (i.e., FoxNews).
The Post is known for its conservative editorial policy and sensationalist headlines.


But somehow - I get the nagging suspision Conservative Utah Mormons will come out blaming the "Liberal Lame-Stream-Media" for this mis-guided attack on their pseudo-adopted-home-boy.

Provo, Ut

"The Callahan article is loaded with misrepresentations. For example they claim that the local Ward building is located on 1231 chestnut drive, but it is actually located on 1321 Chestnut drive."

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

@Uncle Gadianton

My sentiments exactly. This article and many like it are not productive. Why not just call the Post and offer you services for future stories?

Maricopa, AZ

Yeah and I was thinking that every time I visit a temple visitor's center I too notice the "Indefatigable air of piety" of these young women.
Then I see the cute picture of some of the sister missionaries in the article and giggle.

mightymite-No one's saying that the comments are anything but benign. We're simply asking
for accuracy.
That, as you say, is the hole that keeps getting deeper;)

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Hey, what if Harry Reid and Mitt Romney are assigned to be hometeachers. Brother Romney gives the lesson. Brother Reid gives the closing prayer, "Let's pray for our president, he needs all the help that he can get!"

Salt Lake City, UT

On the plus side, these errors seem to reek of ignorance rather than hatred.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I'm very offended by this liberal media's slant.

Salt Lake City, UT

This is not surprising. When you're preaching an anti-LDS sermon, facts are usually the first casualty.

Temecula, CA

It just sounds like someone from the Church Media Deptartment needs to pick up the phone and help walk the misinformed reporter through a retraction in the same spot of the paper where the story was printed. I'm sure Rupert Murdock didn't have time to vett this story as the English Government is trashing him and his offspring for so many issues now! You can almost see him sweating under the pressure of questioning! Don't count on News Corp getting it right as Fox news continually misquotes, misstates or fails to defend normal logic when it comes to news stories regarding Mormons! All the story hounds do it as do news anchors!

Riverside, CA

Tekakaromatagi, You stole my thunder. I was going to suggest that maybe Brother Reid would be assigned to home teach Brother Romney.

Vice president Rubio was apparently baptized when he was young. Maybe he would get a home teaching visit from Bro Reid or Brother Romney ;) Sounds like material for another Broadway show.

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