If the Deseret News thinks of us Latter-day Saints who live outside Utah as a
"Mormon diaspora" they are never going to adequately serve us. While I
have Utah roots I have 3 sister-in-law with no Utah roots and my girlfriend has
no Utah roots. Worldwide only 1 in 7 Latter-day Saints live in Utah. We want
news that focuses on Latter-day Saints with out assuming we are all Utahs in any
The old line from Perry Mason is a good place to start: "Do you swear to
tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you
God?"The role of the Deseret News must never be compromised no
matter how vocal the opposition. The truer your message is, the louder the
opposition's insults will become. When people attack, you'll know that
you've just hit a home run.Good luck and God bless.
Doug, I'm thrilled about your new opportunity. I still remember reading
your articles in the Daily Universe years ago when we were at the Y. And I
wondered then if you were going to make this journalism thing work out for you.
Well, you certainly have! I'm confident you will be able to
provide the Deseret News the leadership it needs. However, I wonder just how
many people are truly interested in good journalism. It seems we prefer news
that re-enforces our preconceived ideas or we want fake news that is more
shocking than informative. Good Luck!
I have always had great hopes and expectations for the Deseret News, with
growing emphasis on the former. I hope this change in assignment helps the
Deseret News in doing a good job of reporting.
I once read that President Hinckley would read three newspapers a day to get the
"news." I'm a news junkie and read conservative and liberal news
outlets to get the "news." I'm sure the new editor of the Deseret
News will do his best to get the truth to the readership. Truth is a hard thing
to publish given that all news outlets are owned by someone. In our day and
age, wealthy individuals or corporations own the "mainstream" media
(i.e. Amazon's Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post; billionaire Carlos Slim
of Mexico is a top owner of the New York Times...)--and news via Facebook is
popular. Time to sit down and spend a few minutes perusing as many news outlets
as possible...to get to the "truth" as life unfolds. What an adventure!
Nice work uncle Doug! I told you I'd read your articles!
What DN-Subscriber just posted could profitably be repeated many times, ""Truth" does not necessarily flow from the venerable but
totally untrustworthy New York Time or Washington Post. Associated Press
(appropriately nicknamed "Administration Propaganda") in recent years
must be viewed with skepticism as their advocacy skills often outweigh their
reporting skill."Our worrisome times demand much more than a
geographically or religiously localized newspaper prefers to provide. The DN
must find ways to provide more and better national content. The extreme bias of
the main stream media must be countered.
In dealing with the crisis enveloping our country right now, Mr. Wilks has shown
me nothing.He seems like a fine man. I hope he shows up. Time is
Welcome to a challenging job in an endangered industry."Truth" does not necessarily flow from the venerable but totally
untrustworthy New York Time or Washington Post. Associated Press (appropriately
nicknamed "Administration Propaganda") in recent years must be viewed
with skepticism as their advocacy skills often outweigh their reporting
skill.Don't be swayed by the rabid views from the "other
newspaper" in town.The unified approach by the Deseret News and
KSL TV and Radio is a winning combination, and the KSL.com marketplace is much
more viable than the dead tree classifieds. Keep moving in that direction and
the Deseret News may survive.Good luck!
I wish him well. It sounds like he's a truth seeker, regardless of the
reflections. I hope he keeps his integrity, especially when it comes to
reporting things that may be unflattering to the church.