Mainstream media tunes out Jon Huntsman Jr.

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  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 3, 2012 12:08 a.m.

    Huntsman is just a regular guy now, just like you or I, so why does he deserve any coverage at all?

  • red state pride Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 2, 2012 10:07 p.m.

    So the "Republican Party is broken" because you didn't get any traction in the campaign for the nomination? Whatever...sorry aren't as wonderful as you may think.
    China is manipulating their currency and not playing by the rules? What about Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve? They are the biggest currency manipulators in the world. What rules is Big Ben playing by? The Treasury overspends and Big Ben buys their debt. We create the debt and buy the debt- nothing odd, manipulative, or frightening about that.

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    March 2, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    When Huntsman discusses China, he has credibility. When he talks about the Republican Party, that's another story. He was not even a credible candidate for president...why would we not listen to his opinions about the party and the primary?

    As far as his governorship, that's where his credibility tanked. He ran on one platform, then governed on another...not a recipe for voter confidence. The only people who liked him as governor either knew his true colors from the get-go, or didn't vote for him because he campaigned as a conservative.

    And to top it off, watching the guy on TV gave me (and several other acquaintances) the sensation of fingernails on a chalkboard. Ron Paul is irritating as well, but he's a likable sort of irritatingÂhe's either slam spot-on or mildly eccentric in a "crazy uncle" sort of way. With Huntsman, the irritation doesn't go away until you can't see him or hear him any more.

    The only mystery to me is why the media paid any attention to him in the first place!

  • David King Layton, UT
    March 2, 2012 1:12 p.m.

    So the Deseret News is upset that the media isn't covering Jon Huntsman, who has dropped out of the race? Where is your concern about the blackout treatment of Ron Paul, who is still in the race, and of which this newspaper has been a part?

    Look, I like Jon Huntsman as much as any of the other candidates, but I think his approach was wrong. "You guys are crazy lunatics, vote for me" is not a winning campaign slogan. Whether they deserve it or not, it's not a good idea to insult the base of the party whose nomination you are seeking. If Jon Huntsman had talked more about conservative tax policies, free market health care legislation, and the things he accomplished in our state, he would have had a chance. But instead, he wanted to constantly tell the base how unenlightened they are for not believing in evolution and climate change. And to add to that, he abandoned his promise to run a civil campaign in some of the most negative ads I have seen.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    March 2, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    It's ridiculous to say that the "mainstream media" is ignoring Huntsman. The media was gaga over Huntsman during his entire presidential run. NPR reporters appeared baffled by his poor showing in the GOP primaries. While serving as governor Huntsman gave an opening address to a crowd of out of state film makers, and had them eating out of hand! The only reason he is being ignored now is that he has dropped out of the race, and the GOP primaries are drowning out all other news. Jon Huntsman is a very attractive centrist candidate, and when the GOP regains their senses and moves back to the middle, Huntsman could be humming "Hail to the chief"!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 2, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    With the entertainment value the "leaders" are providing, why would the media pay any attention. With the comedy raging, no one wants to watch anything as boring as facts.

  • Independent Thinker West Jordan, UT
    March 2, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    The mainstream media ignores or minimizes credible public figures, such as Jon Huntsman, and focuses on GOP candidates' idiocy and non-solutions to issues of importance in the USA. It's a sad commentary on the political process and upon the American voters who don't demand better.

    I didn't particularly care for Jon Huntsman as our governor. However, I would vote for him as presidential candidate. The more I listen to him, the more I respect his views, his insight, and his ability to responsively tackle the hard issues we face.

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    March 2, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    Out of curiosity, I did a google search on

    Fox huntsman "republican party is broken"

    Could find NO Fox news stories.

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    March 2, 2012 10:28 a.m.

    I wanted Huntsman to win the nomination. He has common sense. I realize that is viewed as a "character flaw" by the extreme in Republican circles.