Published: Tuesday, March 4 2014 12:00 a.m. MST
"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) ...
@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.
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'.
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
@Liberty ORYour 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.
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?
@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.
@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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