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Published: Sunday, Feb. 2 2014 12:13 a.m. MST

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Bob K
portland, OR

My personal observation of DN editorial policy is that it represents the older and more conservative among Utah citizens. I partially base this on the enormous differences I see in not only the tone, but the volume of comments on the website of "the other paper".

It is not for me to say what the DN policies ought to be, and I am aware that pleasing the senior officials of the lds church may possibly be a goal. For me, the DN could do a much better job of helping Utahns see a more balanced view of the 21st Century -- for instance, allowing that President Obama, marriage equality, and plenty of issues do not have to be presented as enemies of Utahns and church members.

From my personal understanding of Jesus Christ, I would prefer that news outlets owned by His churches present all sides, with the goal of helping lead everyone to more peace and more unity. I do not claim the DN is the only one which is not balanced, but I would enjoy seeing you take more of the lead.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Compared to "the other paper" the Deseret News may seem conservative, but it still reflects a left leaning bias common to the incestuous news media world which usually follows the lead of the discredited New York Times and the chronically liberal Washington Post.

I would have hoped that the Deseret News would be sending "missionaries" out to convert liberals in the unenlightened media world.

However, it appears that in an misplaced zeal to imitate the "big boys" of the media world, management has seen fit to import someone with a life long exposure to and participation in the liberal world, and totally unfamiliar with the culture and values of Utah and the west which make this state such a wonderful place.

I welcome the new editorial leader to the neighborhood, and hope that he quickly adapts and becomes a Utahn in spirit, and will advocate for OUR values and culture. I hope we will not be subjected to the usual urban liberal prescriptions and proscriptions that usually have failed when tried elsewhere.

One prime example is gun control, where Utah's laws, and crime rate, are vastly different than he encountered in New York or Washington.

Bob K
portland, OR

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT
"... the Deseret News may seem conservative, but it still reflects a left leaning bias"

--- Honest! To a non-Utahn, the DN is far from "left".

"...in an misplaced zeal to imitate the "big boys" of the media world, management has seen fit to import someone... totally unfamiliar with the culture and values of Utah and the west which make this state such a wonderful place.

--- Perhaps you might consider, even ask your grandkids, if the newer generations are completely turned off by the one-sided DN. You know, the major tenet of journalism is "be objective", not "placate one side". If the DN is "so Utah", why does the other paper get 1500 or more comments on popular articles, while the DN does not get more than 250 unless the issue is marriage equality?

"I hope we will not be subjected to the usual urban liberal prescriptions and proscriptions that usually have failed when tried elsewhere."

--- I wonder if you understand how hysterically funny it sounds for someone to worry that a news outlet of the lds church is going to go lefty?

I think it is GREAT that the DN is moving forward.

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