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Published: Wednesday, July 9 2014 10:26 p.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014 10:26 p.m. MDT

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I'm not a pro comedian but I see a lot of material there.

John Kateel
Salt Lake City, UT

The Deseret News. The most peculiar newspaper in America. The only newspaper that publishes through a prism of the religious culture of one particular regional religious group. To understand the humor of Mission Daze, you have to be Mormon or have been immersed in Mormon culture. Rhode Island is more Catholic than Utah is Mormon. It would be preposterous for a Providence daily newspaper to publish from a Catholic slant with edicts from the Vatican presented as news. Most non Mormons I have spoken to in Utah don't really feel comfortable reading the Deseret News. It seems laced with LDS "dog whistles" that non Mormons can't understand or relate to. How can a state wide daily have cartoons and news articles that most citizens regardless of their religion can relate to? What if your Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Lutheran, Sikh? Is the Deseret News speaking to you? Or are you not in the clique. The Deseret News is written for one big clique that 40% of the population has no interest in being part of. What kind of newspaper is this?

Beowulf
Portland, OR

The Deseret News survives as a viable newspaper in this day and age of declining newspaper readership PRECISELY because it caters to its core readership, that of LDS persons. (This is why I read it online, despite living a 1000 miles away.) If you don't like this slant, there is always the Salt Lake Tribune.

Do you know of any other mid-sized city in America that has TWO major dailies? I don't.

So comparisons with Rhode Island are silly. Try Belgium, instead (where two major groups divide the small country in half, in almost every respect).

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

John, you're right, but you're also wrong. Each paper publishes the types of stories its readers want to see based on feedback that usually comes in the form of subscriptions. Apparently, the DNews thinks its readers want a pro-LDS slant. This is not shocking, at least to me, and it's not probelmatic. Does that make it "peculiar"? Almost certainly. But I'm not sure that's a bad thing.

If a heavily-Catholicized area was home to a paper that slanted its coverage towards Catholics, I would think "Of course they do."

Now, this comic strip . . it's just not funny. I went over to the guy's official web site and looked at a handful of examples. I grew up in Utah, went on a mission, and graduated from BYU, so it's not like I don't "get" it. Every joke is so on-the-nose that it has no edge at all. It's probably perfect for The Ensign or any other LDS publication, but it's superficiality defined. It hit me like LDS comedies do . . just make a reference to something, and I'm supposed to laugh. Pass.

Applelovernow
Henderson, NV

John I perceive a bit of resentment from you. Mormon humor is enjoyed by many if that were not the case then the BOOK OF MORMON Broadway musical would not be selling out everywhere it goes! It's sold out here in Las Vegas and we have less than 10% LDS in our population. I think it's great that Mormons can laugh at themselves.

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