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Published: Friday, June 6 2014 11:30 p.m. MDT

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mcdugall
Murray, UT

Thank you, Mr. Huntsman. I too believe that the valley should have at least two sources of print news.

USA
Salt Lake City, UT

We take both papers at our house. Each has its strengths, and each covers stories the other doesn't. The Tribune is an essential news source that often provides more depth than the Deseret News.

biil
Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks, Emilee. Nice addition to an important on-going story. A bit more background: Jon Huntsman Sr. is no stranger to ownership of the Salt Lake Tribune and its precarious financial situation.

He sat on the board of MediaNews Group, one four companies that has owned the newspaper since 1997. Hunstman left the board in 2010 when MNG’s holding company, Affiliated Media, filed for bankruptcy to get out from under about $700 million in debt.

The “restructuring” allowed a “vulture” hedge fund, Alden Global Capital, to gain control of the Tribune. A series of layoffs began shortly after that.

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

I'm not confident I have understood Huntsman's statements here.

"...this valley should never be divided..."

So... that means two news organizations would divide the community more than one would?

"We should never have any political or religious organization filter our news."

Yes, like the Deseret News does?

"And the Salt Lake Tribune, or an alternative to a church-owned or political-owned or any other special interest-owned newspaper, is not in the best interest for the people of the state of Utah."

What?

"I would work diligently to see that the valley is never divided and the state’s never divided and that the people have a voice, an equal voice from all faiths, and all background and all religions."

The way the Deseret News does?

I'm not following this argument. I am wary of Huntsman's connections to the LDS Church influencing his ownership of the Tribune, resulting in a "unifying" of the community through an integration of the Tribune and the DN.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

I wonder how much of this article was never published. It seems incomplete. I'm left wanting to read more, much more.

Does Mr. Huntsman want a "unified" voice, or does he want antagonistic newspapers who fight each other on every story? Does he want divergent points of view, or does he want a "unified" viewpoint?

The article is unclear. I'm left thinking that Mr. Huntsman wants to help, but the article leaves me wondering what that help would be and whose "voice" would be heard.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

@Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Does Mr. Huntsman want a "unified" voice, or does he want antagonistic newspapers who fight each other on every story? Does he want divergent points of view, or does he want a "unified" viewpoint?

6:00 p.m. June 7, 2014

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Mike,
You of all people should know how one-sided and biased the Deseret News is.

You don't read anything else...

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Re: LDS Liberal,

Just who owns and operates the Deseret News? Are you ashamed that one newspaper in Salt Lake City is "voice" for that "owner", or would you think that the "owner" should be divided against himself?

Bruce R. McConkie phrased it perfectly in his "Caravan Moves On" conference address: "What does it matter if a few barking dogs snap at the heels of the weary travelers. . . The caravan moves on."

The Deseret News has faithfully fulfilled its obligation to its "owner". Those who want a dissenting point of view should ask themselves why they disagree with the Deseret News and the point of view of its "owner",

Owl
Salt Lake City, UT

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

"…one-sided and biased the Deseret News is." Just because the DN is not a knee jerk left wing cheering squad such as the eminent NYT, does not mean it doesn't present news. The left seems to designate anything that is not an Obama sycophant as "one sided and biased."

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