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/
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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
"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."
@Uncle GadiantonMy sentiments exactly. This article and many like it
are not productive. Why not just call the Post and offer you services for
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 askingfor accuracy.That, as
you say, is the hole that keeps getting deeper;)
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
On the plus side, these errors seem to reek of ignorance rather than hatred.
I'm very offended by this liberal media's slant.
This is not surprising. When you're preaching an anti-LDS sermon, facts are
usually the first casualty.
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!
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.
OK, so I can see it now. In an effort to keep the disruption to a minimum,
Romney would not attend meetings every week. On those weeks he didn't
attend, opening excercises in Priesthood Meeting would go something like
this;Bishop: We need to take the Sacrament to Sis. Johnson at the
assisted living center and to Brother....er President Romney at the White House.
Who would like to volunteer?Brother: Bishop I would be happy to
visit Sis Johnson this week, but I really don't want to go the
Romney's place again. Ever time I go there my son and I both get stripped
Just a Reminder: Mr. Rubio, United States Senator Florida, is a practicing
Catholic. And he is not Vice President. No scoop here!
"The optics of a sitting president walking into an unassuming brick
building, mixing with and being ministered to by fellow congregants from
different backgrounds, would be the best free advertising the religion's
had since the Osmonds."So I guess it's okay for other
presidents to be seen going into their church's... but if it were a Mormon
it would just be horrible.Wow, and people really tell themselves
they aren't prejudiced. I'd rather they at least admitted it. But no,
why can't they do that? One reason only. See, if they admitted to hating
other people, less people would listen to them. Their agenda would be out the
door and their worldly popularity would diminish. Critics basically act the
exact same way the Book of Mormon says they will.If people want to
know what Mormons mean, they should read the Book of Mormon and attend a few LDS
meetings. Whether they convert or not, they'd at least know the truth for
themselves and have a competent opinion. Whether they agree or not with the
church on anything, they at least stop judging and become friends. Now THAT is a
I went to the online article and fired back. I did something.sick of
Isn,t her editor responsible for checking the facts before publishing the
What "facts" are wrong in this article?1) She confuses
temples with chapels a little. She notes there is a distinction, but mistakes
the sealing room for a ward building classroom. An error, but hardly a
misrepresentation of "doctrine and policy". Just a slight confusion,
that does nothing to harm the Church's image. 2) She confuses
titles. She misunderstands that male missionaries carry the title
"Elder" not "Brother". Again, this is a trivial issue, as
"Brother" is the title we use in all other setting's in the Church.
Again, not exactly an big "misrepresentation". Particularly nothing to
be upset about. If it matters, a simple clarifying email should suffice.3) She speaks correctly as to how the home teaching program and Ward
assignment's work, but is taking a little bit of a liberty in assuming that
Romney will participate in a local Ward as a normal member. This is probably her
most eggregious error, but even this is not all that significant.4)
This can't even be called an error, but I don't know what to make of
her story about being called by the "Prophet". Who know's what this
I read the article. Take the time to read it. It's good for a few
laughs...About Temples:"There are rooms for Sunday
services (these tend to have two facing walls with large mirrors, to give a
sense of infinity), as well as rooms for baptisms (the fonts resemble miniature
above-ground pools), weddings, and another airy, stately room, filled with sofas
and chairs and done in a palette of pale pinks, to sit and think."The story would not have made it through an English 101 class at the U.
She's doing pretty well if that's all she got wrong... : ) PS, in
reference to some of these comments, hope everyone knows that activists have
been hired to hang out in comment sections 24/7 to promote Obama (hoping he will
promote the activist agenda, they are big donors to his campaign), sometimes
they pretend to be uneducated or otherwise offensive LDS, pretend to be
evangelicals, etc, most of them are atheist activists.
As a "journalist" she had to work really hard to get so many of the
facts wrong. The tenor of her speech in the article radiates bias, also
explaining the high level of inaccuracy.
Get your facts right lady. You might find we are good people to hang around.
It really is frustrating that so many of these reporters are so uninterested in
facts -- especially when they are so easy to obtain by just going to the
church's website!!! Click Click ... Is that too much work?
There was a time when the press was truly our country's fourth branch. Now
it' s a joke...
Too funny. Sounds like she could use a visit from the real missionaries if not
just to straighten out a few of her erroneous misunderstandings. Or they could
just mess her mind some more. That would be fun too.
It does make you wonder, though, about the practical aspects of what would mean
if a Mormon were elected President. For example, if he wanted to attend the
Temple, would the Secret Service have to carry Uzis under their temple clothes?
What calling would you give him? I think a merit badge councilor would be
perfect, imagine the value of having the President's signature on your
Citizenship in the Nation merit badge card. Or maybe a Young Men's
President, "Ok boys, today we're going for a ride on Air Force
One." If he gave a talk in Sacrament meeting would it make the front page
of the New York Times? If he wanted to just attend church would everyone else in
the congregation have to go through metal detectors first? What if he wanted to
volunteer for a welfare assignment, would the liberal press want to make an
issue of him hoeing beets while farmers were complaining about farm
subsidies?I'm sure there are many other issues to consider but
these are just some things I've wondered about.
Some of the reader comments seem to be stating that the errors in this
lady's column are pretty minor. That may be. But as the Deseret News
article pointed out, the errors could have easily been corrected had she
consulted the Church's readily available resources. The point is, she
erred because she didn't bother to do her research.On another
note, I hear she just got an interview with the New York Times. Seems they were
quite impressed with her story telling capabilities.And for those
who think the Post must automatically be Conservative just because Rupert
Murdoch owns it: he may own Fox News, but he is not a Conservative. He is very
liberal, just like the majority of people who work for Fox News.
Like this article stated..this NY reporter should have looked on The LDS Church
official website for accurate info for her article..always better to go straight
to the source not look for loop holes or shortcuts.
Did I just read what i thought I did?????? Sen Rubio is actually a member of
the LDS Church also?? Is he active?? Just wait til the media picks up on
that. There was a funny email going around awhile back about all
the things that would happen if Romney was elected. Green Jello served at all
State Dinners. Basket ball hoops installed in the East Room, etc., etc., Wish
some that has that still would post it here. I understand that lots
of US Marshal's and Secret Service are LDS. That could be a bonus.
Mark Twain said that anyone that doesn't read the newspaper is uniformed;
and anyone that does read it is misinformed.Still holds true 150
This article really was not necessary. The Church Communication Department could
have easily corrected this reporter. There are so many articles that to a lesser
or greater extent may misrepresent the Church, often inadvertently although some
may have an agenda. We would spend a lot of wasted time trying to correct each
one of them. If there are egregious errors, again the Church Communication
Department could deal with that.
Rubio is not LDS. He is Catholic. This is just more media misinformation.Rumor has it that his parents had a couple of discussions with the
missionaries, and may have attended church once with them.
I sure wish that many of you would be just as quick to point out the erroneous,
non-religious political statements by our politicians.
@ no comment:Which "uniform" do we get if we don't read
the newspaper?Well anyway, we are having fun and its all good for a
laugh, including the comments, if nothing else.:-)
"hope everyone knows that activists have been hired to hang out in comment
sections 24/7 to promote Obama"JM, are you the only one privy to
that information?Perhaps you could back up that gem with some
I believe this reporter could have done better but most people wouldn't
know the difference in what was said unless they are LDS. Technically incorrect
but basic facts are there. She did enough research to be able to discuss the
items but I am sure with all the hopefully getting with her from the Church
communications directors at various levels, she may have it right by the time of
the Convention or at least by the election in November.
Oh Joe Blow, go blow your horn. We do point out all the silliness that comes
from the lips of Biden, Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Durbin, Schumer, Frank, Waters,
Jackson-Reid, Sharpton and all the others. You just ignore it.And
there was an article that stated that Rubio was baptized as a youth in the LDS
church but has since been a practicing Catholic from teenage years.Maybe it was LDS Lib who called her with that message??? LOL!!!
The article is really not much different from the comments made daily in these
forums. Some posters who regularly attack other posters almost always
"pretend" to be stalwart members of the LDS church, even though their
comments show their complete contempt for that church. How is that different
from a writer who was too busy picking up her paycheck to verify the facts?Most people don't know enough about any church to determine whether
a writer got it "right". Most people, reading these
comments, on this thread or on other threads, don't know when they're
being lied to. Journalists, who should know better, get it wrong.
Editors who should know better, get it wrong. The public is too lazy to check
things out. What we end up with are lies and misrepresentations. Hard work is
too hard for both the reader and the writer - and that's why so many
posters post things that no editor would ever approve.When the
Internet is just one click away, it's easy to verify facts. It's easy
to see who's lying and who's just lazy. It's easy to separate the
sheep from the goats.
Sometimes I wonder if some journalists realize that people actually read their
papers! It seems to have become the main principle of journalism for journalists
to make a fool of themselves, or of their readers, by feeding nonsense and
sometimes outright lies that any critical reader can read through. Because it is
Mormonism, people feel the ethics of journalism do not apply. That's a pity
for the profession.
She's not all that far off. When you haven't "grown up" in
the Church trying to explain the 3 hr. block and many of the LDS daily
activities can be a challenge to be spot on. Frankly when you travel around the
world not every ward/branch/congregation does things exactly the same anyway.
The article was written being a little overly sensitive.
I'm a faithful and active LDS in Ohio; Hey, she did some things wrong, but
I don't feel she was being hateful or mean-spirited! She just needs a
little more education about us--maybe some elders could teach her 1-on-1!
I also read Maureen Callahan's original article, and in spite of the bits
of misinformation here and there, I think she should be applauded for trying to
write an enlightened and unbiased report. Yes, she could have done better
research; and it would have been better if she hadn't caved to paranoia
over the crank call which logic would tell me was from someone who knew her and
had seen her there. That is really not the point. We should "mind our own
business" and be kinder to those who struggle to understand Mormonism where
so many get lost in all the conflicting hype over it.
This journalist did not write from misinformation. She wrote with the intent to
sensationalize and with no intent to inform. She is looking for a rise from the
community. Nothing else
The news media should first insert foot into mouth until they are absolutely
sure the information they are putting out to the world is true. But
unfortunately there are those news media who don't care where it is
true...they just want to express their ignorance. I don't know that I will
live long enough to know that when I hear or read the news that it will be fact
and not fiction.
WOW! What an opportunity to correct the MSM growing ignorance on Mormonism.
Why not invite her to meet with the Mission President in the area along with
Mitt Romney being pesent and address any and all of her concerns? The MSM has a sadly growing reputation for poor and false "reporting"
about so many things. This "ignorant" reporter is just a small drop in
the pool of ignorance and hatred that is going to be directed towards the LDS
Church in the next six months and more to follow. Satan's
angels are doing an excellent job. Time to cowboy up and send them packing.
There will be exceptions to the rule; for which we are grateful, however, for
the most part, the goal of the media is not to take over the responsibility of
spreading the gospel message. Our missionaries and missionary minded members
will continue to do that and usually in spite of outside attempts to paint us in
a bad light.As others have stated here, the misrepresentations were
fairly tame. That won't always be the case, and probably usually
won't. It would also do well for some of our own members to check into the
accuracy of misrepresentations. I have known many members during my life time
who are thrown by statements no more threatening than these.We just
all need to try to be civil with each other and also be willing to laugh at
We may as well brace ourselves, this isn't the first misrepresentation and
won't be the last. Our best option is to arm ourselves with the truth so
that those who want the truth can find it.
The NY post article was a lifestyle article, not hard news. There are a lot of
people like this lady. She's doesn't know much about the church and
quite frankly I don't think she really cares all that much to find out more
but made a fairly casual attempt. The "Indefatigable air of piety"
comment was her honest assessment of those missionaries and I am sure there are
quite a few people who share the same view.That should be instructive to the LDS
church and it's members. So the lady is going to understand how
temples work as opposed to meetinghouses just because the information is on the
church's website? How many members of the church go to Vaticans website to
learn the difference between a Cardinal and a Bishop? or a diocese and a parish?
Besides, how would she fact check the church's website against other
sources.What I don't understand is where the offense was with
this article. She's actually giving some very valuable information. Like,
despite the millions spent on PR, your message isn't getting through.
These misrepresentations are mild compared to those being stated by some
misleading authorities who bluntly, blatantly, and erroneously state that
Mormons are not Christians, do not believe the Bible, and believe in a different
a Christ; usuallly, without giving any reason for their grossly misleading
statements. For those reading who may be misled by these untruthful
statements: Mormons ARE Christians, Mormons DO believe the Bible, and Mormons
BELIEVE in the same Christ of the Bible; who is the Son of God, born of the
virgin Mary; who atoned for the sins of the world and was crucified; who on the
third day arose from the dead; thereby making it possible for all who believe
and follow Him to be free from sin and death, and return to live with their
Father in Heaven.How many times do we have to say it? We believe in
Jesus Christ and the Bible. We are Christian: we just have more of the Word of
God than others do, from The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
Please Read it, before making false accusations. There are over three thousand
references to Christ in its 531 pages.
Nora NellOlympia, WADid I just read what i thought I did?????? Sen
Rubio is actually a member of the LDS Church also?? Is he active?? Just wait til
the media picks up on that. no commentNew Orleans, LARubio is not LDS. He is Catholic. This is just more media misinformation.=========== no comment - You are wrong, look it up -
it's all over the internet.Nora Nell - Yes, Rubio was baptized
LDS as a child, but became in-active shortly there after....as far as I know, he
is still a member of record.As an adult, he is a praticing Catholic
Readers must surely know by now that the story line is more important than the
facts for much of the mainstream media. Some is deliberate but I suggest most is
lack of professionalism.
The whole point is that this DNew's article is titled "Columnist
misrepresents LDS Church doctrine and policy". Did she get some facts wrong?
Does it matter? Well, perhaps but only slightly. If I were her editor, I would
pull her aside and suggest that her reporting wasn't up to standard, but
that's about it. Should Mormon's be bothered by this? Not at all.
Where was the doctrine and policy misrepresentations that this DNew's
article alleges? That is the big question. It wasn't in there. Was she a
little malicious in her comments? Yes, but in those places where her opinion
came through, it was clearly just opinion. A follow up article to this one would
be called, "Deseret New's Columnist misrepresents Callahans
People tend to be down on what they are not up on. This It would have been a
simple thing for this "reporter" to go to the LDS Church home page and
save a lot of time, effort and egg on face.
It seems like it would be worthwhile for someone to organize a sort of volunteer
effort where members could scan headlines and submit responses and corrections
to editors as soon as erroneous articles come out- something like FAIR for the
media. There have been several articles a day almost every day for months now,
and it will surely only get busier. I realize the Church itself wouldn't
likely organize a professional group, as it would be too close to political as
many of the stories come from that angle, but individual members could do it and
spare the public alot of misinformation. Perhaps the Deseret News
staff could assign someone to write a blog of articles like this one, that point
out errors in major articles, and then either staff or individual readers could
submit requests for correction to the publication's editor. I hope the New
York Post was informed of these errors before Deseret News readers were- might
as well take the corrections to the source, that's the real public service.
The New York Post staffs its journalism department with writers much like the
Deseret News. In other words, most are bloggers with only experience as a
teacher. I may not like what someone in New York says about my church but I also
know there are many in my church who after one visit to another church will also
distort what that church may be. I know when I went to Nauvoo and Kirtland a few
years ago I heard many LDS members being very critical of the Community of
Christ Church (formally the RLDS). So, I think it's in our nature to put
down what we don't know or understand and defend what we do. So, I'm
just going to ignore what was written by the New York Post and try to be more
informed myself about others.
This is like playing the childhood game of telephone to me. Someone has the
facts to begin with but they get a little off in the process of the game. The
results are often hilarious. That is what I thought about the article.
Unfortunately, the general public, who may not be so well informed, probably
doesn't realize the distortions in the article. While it is difficult for
a person not a member of the LDS religion to understand and describle our
beliefs, it is possible. You just need to go directly to the official LDS
church statements. This is called using a primary source of information. The
author of this piece was content to use secondary sources for her information.
Brace yourselves. I am sure there will be a lot more of this to come. We just
need to remain calm and not get ruffled about the process. Those who want to
know will look further and the rest will believe what they want no matter what.
Just visit LDS.org or Mormon.org if you want to know the facts. I personally am
not wasting my time and energy feeling persecuted. I have a real life.
A persons opinion of the LDS Church is never "misrepresented". It is
their actual opinion!Calling this opinion piece a
"misrepresentation" of the Church is the real misrepresentation! It
tries to pass itself off as news, but is itself a nit-picky opinion!
to "No Comment"In a recent biography on Rubio, it is mentioned
that when the Rubio family moved to Las Vegas, his family did join the church
and he was baptized when he was 8. His family moved back to Miami a few years
latter and rejoined the Catholic Church. Not sure if they ask to have there
names removed from the LDS Church records or if they are simply "lost
sheep". As a adult, he got involved with Evangelical Christian groups. He
mentions some of his memories fo his time in the LDS Church, but doesn't
remeber much of it. CNN did an article on it a few months back; do a search on
CNN's website for more details if you want.
After reading Maureen Callahan's original article, I think it's rather
useless to think Callahan could have corrected her article simply by researching
the LDS Church website. I mean, when a writer displays such a woeful ignorance
of the subject she's writing about, how would she even know what to look
for? Nearly every sentence reveals she does not grasp her material.And can her sources McKay Coppins and Norm Feldman be for real?Coppins thinks the LDS Church ought to be "out in the open." This
from a church that publishes a TREMENDOUS amount of literature, maintains
multiple websites loaded with information and has perhaps the most highly
developed and recognized missionary program in the world. He also believes
Mormons "sense persecution around every corner" -- like American Jews.
And because a large number of the attendees in the chapel the Romney's
might attend church are black, Coppins speculates there is a chance the
Romney's "home teachers" might be POOR African-Americans.Feldman, the supposed scholar, believes Romney will choose to attend a regular
chapel for Sunday services, rather than the temple, because the temple is
inaccessible to outsiders.continued...
...continuedFeldman also makes the stupefying claim that although
Romney's religion WAS a factor when he ran for president four years ago --
it was not a factor in THIS primary. Huh?Here are some gems from
Ms. Callahan herself:After two years with a temple recommend, LDS
members need to be "debriefed." Temples have "rooms for
Sunday services." Sunday services consist of an hour long
communion, an hour of sermons, and an hour of group prayer and conversation. The temple is "majesterial enough for a sitting US president, with
the added benefit of being inaccessible to all outsiders." Anyone know what
she's talking about? Members are assigned to chapels based on
ZIP code. Speculates the Romney's would attend meetings in a
leafy, well-to-do Maryland suburb, but that their home teachers would be
working-class inner city poor (aka. lowly civilians) who who counsel Romney on
his general emotional state. The "golden plates" were
essentially additions and revisions to the Bible.continued...
Research on any topic requires reading. If she's busy reading, she's
not being paid to write. There are some writers who prefer to write
continued... (more gems from the Maureen Callahan article) Good and
faithful Mormons should find themselves in the telestial, terrestrial, or
celestial kingdoms after death. Describes creating, peopling, and
overseeing a planet as "interplanetary rule." There are now
more than 70 members in the "Quorum of the Seventy" and they all live in
Salt Lake City. "Stake Presidents and bishops" are
"appointed by elders to deal with managerial drudgery".
Says that perhaps the greatest commonality between Catholics and Mormons is in
the "gradation" of their adherence to church teachings (without mention
of Protestant or evangelical adherence to church teachings or standards). Claims "different chapels have different philosophies" and
cites an example of a woman who moved her chapel attendance from an "older,
bigoted" congregation to a more gay-friendly congregation.This
sort of journalism is not the type of stuff that might have been corrected by
Callahan researching on Church websites. If Callahan HAD pored over the LDS
websites, she would have just found more stuff to get wrong.
At the very least, she should have talked to a real Mormon before submitting
her column, to avoid these obvious bloopers. Such laziness in a journalist is
simply unprofessional, and her editor should admonish her about misleading her
readers. If you are going to write about a church and its people, you need to
be unafraid and get out there to actually talk to them, openly and honestly.
This is like the reporters who report on a war from the bar in a hotel
restaurant. There have been plenty of instances in recent years in which
reporters fabricated people and events in order to make their stories more
dramatic, while destroying the credibility of their newspapers and TV networks
in the process.
Sheesh...lazy AND stupid. That's a bad combination.
Well, here's what I posted to the writer or the cited article:Maureen, thanks for the funny satire. As someone who’s been an
enthusiastic Mormon since my sophomore year in college, I must say I
haven’t had laughed so hard at a rehash of all the silly myths about my
faith in a long time. However, there’s no such thing as a sarcasm font.
Therefore (for those who might take your humorous articles seriously) consider
adding the following disclaimers to your next article about The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints, “The following is a work of fiction. Any
resemblance to a real religion is purely coincidental.” Or perhaps a
modification of the familiar notice at the end of western movies – you
know the one that says, “No animals were harmed during the filming of this
production.” Perhaps you should say, “No Mormons or reliable sources
were consulted during the preparation of this article about Mormons.”
Joseph Walker and Maureen Callahan are probably fine humans. But reading just a
few of their articles reveal what axe each has to grind, and which parties they
are probably for and against.We won't figure out what they had
for breakfast or where (or if) Walker actually got a degree, but the battles
they choose are well-defined by their writing.Now if they'd
both try a little more objectivity and research, they have great potential for
journalistic excellence. Let's kick it up a notch, hey
Sounds like this was a deliberate hit piece when the info is so easy to find.
I've taken Journalism and ... the way a story was written shows the
integrity and character of the contributor ... and that an article of a certain
form printed by a publisher shows how that company operates.
Yeah, why use facts instead of hyped half truth and misconceptions. Hype sells,
facts don't sell. She should not call herself a news woman.
Blue Coug,What do you call a piece that insists on perpetuating the
myth that evangelicals don't "like Mormons" because they disagree
with your theology? Or that persists in printing all the "evangelical hate
and bigotry" comments, when none exists? Which kept printing
from October to May that the Reverend Jeffress was bigoted and hateful because
he called Mormonism a "cult". Yet the thousands of seminary curricula
and centuries of tomes which define a cult were never alluded to?What kind of news person perpetuates persecution, when if fact, it is only
disagreement with doctrines and has nothing to do with the people, lifestyle,
accomplishments, etc of the Mormon people?This won't see the
light of day either, even though it is factual/on topic/ not disruptive, etc.We know why you can't abide the same litmus test applied to your own
journalism here. It is just sad, though. My Mormon pioneer ancestors would
turn in their graves...