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Published: Tuesday, March 4 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Ranch
Here, UT

"How to get an op-ed article published"

1) Be vitriolically opposed to President Obama.
2) Be vitriolically opposed to marriage equality.
3) Be pro-"No gays served here" legislation.
4) Be pro-"No alcohol in Utah" legislation.
5) Be vitriolically opposed to paying a fair wage for a days work.
6) ...

liberty or ...?
Ogden, UT

@Ranch you must be reading a different paper. Because everytime I get on here the article and message boards are all flooded with pro material of every subject you just mentioned that I wonder if this is the deseret news, the salt lake tribune your common anti conservative anti religious biased reporting that I read in in every other major news outlet.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Ranch, you can add 'religion is a victim', 'porn is everywhere', 'basketball is the only sport there is when it's not football season', and 'government is bad'.

dalefarr
South Jordan, Utah

The article would have more credibility and would be believable if it was written by Jay or someone else on the professional staff instead of unpaid volunteers.

Noodlekaboodle
Poplar Grove, UT

@Liberty OR
Your right about the comments on the oped's, but Ranch is right about the actual letters. The Deseret News just doesn't publish letters like that.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Every newspaper, magazine, radio, TV, billboard is owned and operated by a business organization, for the purpose of enriching the wealth of the owners and operators. The service that they provide to the general public is incidental to that purpose and most always favorable to that purpose. However, that's the way life is, everything that we have that we didn't make for ourselves is the product of someone else's labor brought to us while giving someone a profit.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, the Constitution says that the freedom of speech shall not be abridged.

"Congress shall make no law ... or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press... "

My question is: Given the Constitutional right to freedom of speech, does the Press have the right to deny individuals publication in their newspaper because the letter does not support the main objective of the newspaper?

Ranch
Here, UT

@Ultra Bob;

One would think the ultimate purpose of a News Paper (or news organization) is to report the news. ALL sides of the issues, not just the agenda of the owners (in this case the LDS Church). If their purpose is to push the agenda of the LDS Church, then they should market themselves as the Spin-Wing of the LDS Church and drop the "News" from their name.

Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

@liberty or ...?: You are confusing the online comment boards with publication of an op-ed. As Noodlekaboodle noted, the DesNews does not often publish op-eds that stray far from the editorial position of the paper (though it does happen). You're right that the opposing views are often well represented in the online comments.

UltraBob: "[D]oes the Press have the right to deny individuals publication in their newspaper because the letter does not support the main objective of the newspaper?"

Of course they have the right to deny publication of opposing viewpoints. Limited space and production costs require a publisher to contain content quantity within reasonable (and profitable) limits. They can't print every piece that gets submitted and they have every right to choose what goes into the paper based on whatever criteria they choose (point of view, writing style, length, etc.). Most newspapers, however, see their role in the community as including a public trust to inform the population in the broadest sense. Most papers feel a moral responsibility or obligation to present a wide variety of opinion, even if some differs from their own.

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