Columnist misrepresents LDS Church doctrine and policy

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  • Capella Bakersfield, CA
    May 17, 2012 6:59 p.m.

    Blue Coug,

    What do you call a piece that insists on perpetuating the myth that evangelicals don't "like Mormons" because they disagree with your theology? Or that persists in printing all the "evangelical hate and bigotry" comments, when none exists?

    Which kept printing from October to May that the Reverend Jeffress was bigoted and hateful because he called Mormonism a "cult". Yet the thousands of seminary curricula and centuries of tomes which define a cult were never alluded to?

    What kind of news person perpetuates persecution, when if fact, it is only disagreement with doctrines and has nothing to do with the people, lifestyle, accomplishments, etc of the Mormon people?

    This won't see the light of day either, even though it is factual/on topic/ not disruptive, etc.
    We know why you can't abide the same litmus test applied to your own journalism here. It is just sad, though. My Mormon pioneer ancestors would turn in their graves...

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    May 16, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    Yeah, why use facts instead of hyped half truth and misconceptions. Hype sells, facts don't sell. She should not call herself a news woman.

  • ldsdaniel San Diego, CA
    May 15, 2012 11:28 p.m.

    I've taken Journalism and ... the way a story was written shows the integrity and character of the contributor ... and that an article of a certain form printed by a publisher shows how that company operates.

  • DistantThunder Vincentown, NJ
    May 15, 2012 9:45 p.m.

    Sounds like this was a deliberate hit piece when the info is so easy to find.

  • Grace Bakersfield, CA
    May 15, 2012 3:20 a.m.

    Joseph Walker and Maureen Callahan are probably fine humans. But reading just a few of their articles reveal what axe each has to grind, and which parties they are probably for and against.

    We won't figure out what they had for breakfast or where (or if) Walker actually got a degree, but the battles they choose are well-defined by their writing.

    Now if they'd both try a little more objectivity and research, they have great potential for journalistic excellence.

    Let's kick it up a notch, hey editors?

  • Larry Lawton Wan Chai, Hong Kong
    May 15, 2012 2:20 a.m.

    Well, here's what I posted to the writer or the cited article:
    Maureen, thanks for the funny satire. As someone who’s been an enthusiastic Mormon since my sophomore year in college, I must say I haven’t had laughed so hard at a rehash of all the silly myths about my faith in a long time. However, there’s no such thing as a sarcasm font. Therefore (for those who might take your humorous articles seriously) consider adding the following disclaimers to your next article about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to a real religion is purely coincidental.” Or perhaps a modification of the familiar notice at the end of western movies – you know the one that says, “No animals were harmed during the filming of this production.” Perhaps you should say, “No Mormons or reliable sources were consulted during the preparation of this article about Mormons.”

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    May 14, 2012 6:32 p.m.

    Sheesh...lazy AND stupid. That's a bad combination.

  • coltakashi Richland, WA
    May 14, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    At the very least, she should have talked to a real Mormon before submitting her column, to avoid these obvious bloopers. Such laziness in a journalist is simply unprofessional, and her editor should admonish her about misleading her readers. If you are going to write about a church and its people, you need to be unafraid and get out there to actually talk to them, openly and honestly. This is like the reporters who report on a war from the bar in a hotel restaurant. There have been plenty of instances in recent years in which reporters fabricated people and events in order to make their stories more dramatic, while destroying the credibility of their newspapers and TV networks in the process.

  • Central Texan Buda, TX
    May 14, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    continued... (more gems from the Maureen Callahan article)

    Good and faithful Mormons should find themselves in the telestial, terrestrial, or celestial kingdoms after death.

    Describes creating, peopling, and overseeing a planet as "interplanetary rule."

    There are now more than 70 members in the "Quorum of the Seventy" and they all live in Salt Lake City.

    "Stake Presidents and bishops" are "appointed by elders to deal with managerial drudgery".

    Says that perhaps the greatest commonality between Catholics and Mormons is in the "gradation" of their adherence to church teachings (without mention of Protestant or evangelical adherence to church teachings or standards).

    Claims "different chapels have different philosophies" and cites an example of a woman who moved her chapel attendance from an "older, bigoted" congregation to a more gay-friendly congregation.

    This sort of journalism is not the type of stuff that might have been corrected by Callahan researching on Church websites. If Callahan HAD pored over the LDS websites, she would have just found more stuff to get wrong.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    May 14, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    Research on any topic requires reading. If she's busy reading, she's not being paid to write.

    There are some writers who prefer to write over read.

  • Central Texan Buda, TX
    May 14, 2012 10:20 a.m.


    Feldman also makes the stupefying claim that although Romney's religion WAS a factor when he ran for president four years ago -- it was not a factor in THIS primary. Huh?

    Here are some gems from Ms. Callahan herself:

    After two years with a temple recommend, LDS members need to be "debriefed."

    Temples have "rooms for Sunday services."

    Sunday services consist of an hour long communion, an hour of sermons, and an hour of group prayer and conversation.

    The temple is "majesterial enough for a sitting US president, with the added benefit of being inaccessible to all outsiders." Anyone know what she's talking about?

    Members are assigned to chapels based on ZIP code.

    Speculates the Romney's would attend meetings in a leafy, well-to-do Maryland suburb, but that their home teachers would be working-class inner city poor (aka. lowly civilians) who who counsel Romney on his general emotional state.

    The "golden plates" were essentially additions and revisions to the Bible.


  • Central Texan Buda, TX
    May 14, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    After reading Maureen Callahan's original article, I think it's rather useless to think Callahan could have corrected her article simply by researching the LDS Church website. I mean, when a writer displays such a woeful ignorance of the subject she's writing about, how would she even know what to look for? Nearly every sentence reveals she does not grasp her material.

    And can her sources McKay Coppins and Norm Feldman be for real?

    Coppins thinks the LDS Church ought to be "out in the open." This from a church that publishes a TREMENDOUS amount of literature, maintains multiple websites loaded with information and has perhaps the most highly developed and recognized missionary program in the world. He also believes Mormons "sense persecution around every corner" -- like American Jews. And because a large number of the attendees in the chapel the Romney's might attend church are black, Coppins speculates there is a chance the Romney's "home teachers" might be POOR African-Americans.

    Feldman, the supposed scholar, believes Romney will choose to attend a regular chapel for Sunday services, rather than the temple, because the temple is inaccessible to outsiders.


  • mancan HC, UT
    May 13, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    to "No Comment"
    In a recent biography on Rubio, it is mentioned that when the Rubio family moved to Las Vegas, his family did join the church and he was baptized when he was 8. His family moved back to Miami a few years latter and rejoined the Catholic Church. Not sure if they ask to have there names removed from the LDS Church records or if they are simply "lost sheep". As a adult, he got involved with Evangelical Christian groups. He mentions some of his memories fo his time in the LDS Church, but doesn't remeber much of it. CNN did an article on it a few months back; do a search on CNN's website for more details if you want.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    May 13, 2012 6:28 a.m.

    A persons opinion of the LDS Church is never "misrepresented". It is their actual opinion!

    Calling this opinion piece a "misrepresentation" of the Church is the real misrepresentation! It tries to pass itself off as news, but is itself a nit-picky opinion!

  • SuziQ Springville, UT
    May 13, 2012 12:36 a.m.

    This is like playing the childhood game of telephone to me. Someone has the facts to begin with but they get a little off in the process of the game. The results are often hilarious. That is what I thought about the article. Unfortunately, the general public, who may not be so well informed, probably doesn't realize the distortions in the article. While it is difficult for a person not a member of the LDS religion to understand and describle our beliefs, it is possible. You just need to go directly to the official LDS church statements. This is called using a primary source of information. The author of this piece was content to use secondary sources for her information. Brace yourselves. I am sure there will be a lot more of this to come. We just need to remain calm and not get ruffled about the process. Those who want to know will look further and the rest will believe what they want no matter what. Just visit or if you want to know the facts. I personally am not wasting my time and energy feeling persecuted. I have a real life.

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    May 12, 2012 6:27 p.m.

    The New York Post staffs its journalism department with writers much like the Deseret News. In other words, most are bloggers with only experience as a teacher. I may not like what someone in New York says about my church but I also know there are many in my church who after one visit to another church will also distort what that church may be. I know when I went to Nauvoo and Kirtland a few years ago I heard many LDS members being very critical of the Community of Christ Church (formally the RLDS). So, I think it's in our nature to put down what we don't know or understand and defend what we do. So, I'm just going to ignore what was written by the New York Post and try to be more informed myself about others.

  • Lakers Sandy, UT
    May 12, 2012 5:35 p.m.

    It seems like it would be worthwhile for someone to organize a sort of volunteer effort where members could scan headlines and submit responses and corrections to editors as soon as erroneous articles come out- something like FAIR for the media. There have been several articles a day almost every day for months now, and it will surely only get busier. I realize the Church itself wouldn't likely organize a professional group, as it would be too close to political as many of the stories come from that angle, but individual members could do it and spare the public alot of misinformation.

    Perhaps the Deseret News staff could assign someone to write a blog of articles like this one, that point out errors in major articles, and then either staff or individual readers could submit requests for correction to the publication's editor. I hope the New York Post was informed of these errors before Deseret News readers were- might as well take the corrections to the source, that's the real public service.

  • grip Meridian, ID
    May 12, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    People tend to be down on what they are not up on. This It would have been a simple thing for this "reporter" to go to the LDS Church home page and save a lot of time, effort and egg on face.

  • Mormoncowboy Provo, Ut
    May 12, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    The whole point is that this DNew's article is titled "Columnist misrepresents LDS Church doctrine and policy". Did she get some facts wrong? Does it matter? Well, perhaps but only slightly. If I were her editor, I would pull her aside and suggest that her reporting wasn't up to standard, but that's about it. Should Mormon's be bothered by this? Not at all. Where was the doctrine and policy misrepresentations that this DNew's article alleges? That is the big question. It wasn't in there. Was she a little malicious in her comments? Yes, but in those places where her opinion came through, it was clearly just opinion. A follow up article to this one would be called, "Deseret New's Columnist misrepresents Callahans Misrepresentations".

  • JLFuller Boise, ID
    May 12, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    Readers must surely know by now that the story line is more important than the facts for much of the mainstream media. Some is deliberate but I suggest most is lack of professionalism.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 12, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    Nora Nell
    Olympia, WA
    Did I just read what i thought I did?????? Sen Rubio is actually a member of the LDS Church also?? Is he active?? Just wait til the media picks up on that.

    no comment
    New Orleans, LA
    Rubio is not LDS. He is Catholic. This is just more media misinformation.


    no comment - You are wrong, look it up - it's all over the internet.

    Nora Nell - Yes, Rubio was baptized LDS as a child, but became in-active shortly there far as I know, he is still a member of record.
    As an adult, he is a praticing Catholic

  • Moracle Blackshear, GA
    May 12, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    These misrepresentations are mild compared to those being stated by some misleading authorities who bluntly, blatantly, and erroneously state that Mormons are not Christians, do not believe the Bible, and believe in a different a Christ; usuallly, without giving any reason for their grossly misleading statements.

    For those reading who may be misled by these untruthful statements: Mormons ARE Christians, Mormons DO believe the Bible, and Mormons BELIEVE in the same Christ of the Bible; who is the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary; who atoned for the sins of the world and was crucified; who on the third day arose from the dead; thereby making it possible for all who believe and follow Him to be free from sin and death, and return to live with their Father in Heaven.

    How many times do we have to say it? We believe in Jesus Christ and the Bible. We are Christian: we just have more of the Word of God than others do, from The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Please Read it, before making false accusations. There are over three thousand references to Christ in its 531 pages.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    May 12, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    The NY post article was a lifestyle article, not hard news. There are a lot of people like this lady. She's doesn't know much about the church and quite frankly I don't think she really cares all that much to find out more but made a fairly casual attempt. The "Indefatigable air of piety" comment was her honest assessment of those missionaries and I am sure there are quite a few people who share the same view.That should be instructive to the LDS church and it's members.

    So the lady is going to understand how temples work as opposed to meetinghouses just because the information is on the church's website? How many members of the church go to Vaticans website to learn the difference between a Cardinal and a Bishop? or a diocese and a parish? Besides, how would she fact check the church's website against other sources.

    What I don't understand is where the offense was with this article. She's actually giving some very valuable information. Like, despite the millions spent on PR, your message isn't getting through.

  • hoop Lee Summit, MO
    May 12, 2012 10:44 a.m.

    We may as well brace ourselves, this isn't the first misrepresentation and won't be the last. Our best option is to arm ourselves with the truth so that those who want the truth can find it.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    May 12, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    There will be exceptions to the rule; for which we are grateful, however, for the most part, the goal of the media is not to take over the responsibility of spreading the gospel message. Our missionaries and missionary minded members will continue to do that and usually in spite of outside attempts to paint us in a bad light.

    As others have stated here, the misrepresentations were fairly tame. That won't always be the case, and probably usually won't. It would also do well for some of our own members to check into the accuracy of misrepresentations. I have known many members during my life time who are thrown by statements no more threatening than these.

    We just all need to try to be civil with each other and also be willing to laugh at ourselves frequently.

  • Goldminer Salem, ut
    May 12, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    WOW! What an opportunity to correct the MSM growing ignorance on Mormonism. Why not invite her to meet with the Mission President in the area along with Mitt Romney being pesent and address any and all of her concerns?

    The MSM has a sadly growing reputation for poor and false "reporting" about so many things. This "ignorant" reporter is just a small drop in the pool of ignorance and hatred that is going to be directed towards the LDS Church in the next six months and more to follow.

    Satan's angels are doing an excellent job. Time to cowboy up and send them packing.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    May 12, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    The news media should first insert foot into mouth until they are absolutely sure the information they are putting out to the world is true. But unfortunately there are those news media who don't care where it is true...they just want to express their ignorance. I don't know that I will live long enough to know that when I hear or read the news that it will be fact and not fiction.

  • mustberight MESA, AZ
    May 12, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    This journalist did not write from misinformation. She wrote with the intent to sensationalize and with no intent to inform. She is looking for a rise from the community. Nothing else

  • Fern RL LAYTON, UT
    May 12, 2012 7:54 a.m.

    I also read Maureen Callahan's original article, and in spite of the bits of misinformation here and there, I think she should be applauded for trying to write an enlightened and unbiased report. Yes, she could have done better research; and it would have been better if she hadn't caved to paranoia over the crank call which logic would tell me was from someone who knew her and had seen her there. That is really not the point. We should "mind our own business" and be kinder to those who struggle to understand Mormonism where so many get lost in all the conflicting hype over it.

  • SoDakota Yote Vermillion, SD
    May 12, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    I'm a faithful and active LDS in Ohio; Hey, she did some things wrong, but I don't feel she was being hateful or mean-spirited! She just needs a little more education about us--maybe some elders could teach her 1-on-1!

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    May 12, 2012 6:10 a.m.

    She's not all that far off. When you haven't "grown up" in the Church trying to explain the 3 hr. block and many of the LDS daily activities can be a challenge to be spot on. Frankly when you travel around the world not every ward/branch/congregation does things exactly the same anyway. The article was written being a little overly sensitive.

  • CCharles Bordeaux, 00
    May 12, 2012 12:54 a.m.

    Sometimes I wonder if some journalists realize that people actually read their papers! It seems to have become the main principle of journalism for journalists to make a fool of themselves, or of their readers, by feeding nonsense and sometimes outright lies that any critical reader can read through. Because it is Mormonism, people feel the ethics of journalism do not apply. That's a pity for the profession.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    May 11, 2012 11:45 p.m.

    The article is really not much different from the comments made daily in these forums. Some posters who regularly attack other posters almost always "pretend" to be stalwart members of the LDS church, even though their comments show their complete contempt for that church. How is that different from a writer who was too busy picking up her paycheck to verify the facts?

    Most people don't know enough about any church to determine whether a writer got it "right".

    Most people, reading these comments, on this thread or on other threads, don't know when they're being lied to.

    Journalists, who should know better, get it wrong. Editors who should know better, get it wrong. The public is too lazy to check things out. What we end up with are lies and misrepresentations. Hard work is too hard for both the reader and the writer - and that's why so many posters post things that no editor would ever approve.

    When the Internet is just one click away, it's easy to verify facts. It's easy to see who's lying and who's just lazy. It's easy to separate the sheep from the goats.

  • @Charles the greater outdoors, UT
    May 11, 2012 9:52 p.m.

    Oh Joe Blow, go blow your horn. We do point out all the silliness that comes from the lips of Biden, Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Durbin, Schumer, Frank, Waters, Jackson-Reid, Sharpton and all the others. You just ignore it.

    And there was an article that stated that Rubio was baptized as a youth in the LDS church but has since been a practicing Catholic from teenage years.

    Maybe it was LDS Lib who called her with that message??? LOL!!!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 11, 2012 9:21 p.m.

    I believe this reporter could have done better but most people wouldn't know the difference in what was said unless they are LDS. Technically incorrect but basic facts are there. She did enough research to be able to discuss the items but I am sure with all the hopefully getting with her from the Church communications directors at various levels, she may have it right by the time of the Convention or at least by the election in November.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 11, 2012 8:58 p.m.

    "hope everyone knows that activists have been hired to hang out in comment sections 24/7 to promote Obama"

    JM, are you the only one privy to that information?

    Perhaps you could back up that gem with some substantiation.

  • IdahoStranger NEWDALE, ID
    May 11, 2012 8:55 p.m.

    @ no comment:

    Which "uniform" do we get if we don't read the newspaper?

    Well anyway, we are having fun and its all good for a laugh, including the comments, if nothing else.


  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 11, 2012 8:53 p.m.

    I sure wish that many of you would be just as quick to point out the erroneous, non-religious political statements by our politicians.

  • no comment New Orleans, LA
    May 11, 2012 8:48 p.m.

    Rubio is not LDS. He is Catholic. This is just more media misinformation.

    Rumor has it that his parents had a couple of discussions with the missionaries, and may have attended church once with them.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    May 11, 2012 7:56 p.m.

    This article really was not necessary. The Church Communication Department could have easily corrected this reporter. There are so many articles that to a lesser or greater extent may misrepresent the Church, often inadvertently although some may have an agenda. We would spend a lot of wasted time trying to correct each one of them. If there are egregious errors, again the Church Communication Department could deal with that.

  • no comment New Orleans, LA
    May 11, 2012 7:18 p.m.

    Mark Twain said that anyone that doesn't read the newspaper is uniformed; and anyone that does read it is misinformed.

    Still holds true 150 years later.

  • Nora Nell Olympia, WA
    May 11, 2012 6:19 p.m.

    Did I just read what i thought I did?????? Sen Rubio is actually a member of the LDS Church also?? Is he active?? Just wait til the media picks up on that.

    There was a funny email going around awhile back about all the things that would happen if Romney was elected. Green Jello served at all State Dinners. Basket ball hoops installed in the East Room, etc., etc., Wish some that has that still would post it here.

    I understand that lots of US Marshal's and Secret Service are LDS. That could be a bonus.

  • CP Tooele, UT
    May 11, 2012 6:01 p.m.

    Like this article stated..this NY reporter should have looked on The LDS Church official website for accurate info for her article..always better to go straight to the source not look for loop holes or shortcuts.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    May 11, 2012 5:49 p.m.

    Some of the reader comments seem to be stating that the errors in this lady's column are pretty minor. That may be. But as the Deseret News article pointed out, the errors could have easily been corrected had she consulted the Church's readily available resources. The point is, she erred because she didn't bother to do her research.

    On another note, I hear she just got an interview with the New York Times. Seems they were quite impressed with her story telling capabilities.

    And for those who think the Post must automatically be Conservative just because Rupert Murdoch owns it: he may own Fox News, but he is not a Conservative. He is very liberal, just like the majority of people who work for Fox News.

  • Be Practical Sandy, UT
    May 11, 2012 5:19 p.m.

    It does make you wonder, though, about the practical aspects of what would mean if a Mormon were elected President. For example, if he wanted to attend the Temple, would the Secret Service have to carry Uzis under their temple clothes? What calling would you give him? I think a merit badge councilor would be perfect, imagine the value of having the President's signature on your Citizenship in the Nation merit badge card. Or maybe a Young Men's President, "Ok boys, today we're going for a ride on Air Force One." If he gave a talk in Sacrament meeting would it make the front page of the New York Times? If he wanted to just attend church would everyone else in the congregation have to go through metal detectors first? What if he wanted to volunteer for a welfare assignment, would the liberal press want to make an issue of him hoeing beets while farmers were complaining about farm subsidies?

    I'm sure there are many other issues to consider but these are just some things I've wondered about.

  • Give Me A Break Pullman, WA
    May 11, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    Too funny. Sounds like she could use a visit from the real missionaries if not just to straighten out a few of her erroneous misunderstandings. Or they could just mess her mind some more. That would be fun too.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    May 11, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    There was a time when the press was truly our country's fourth branch. Now it' s a joke...

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    May 11, 2012 3:21 p.m.

    It really is frustrating that so many of these reporters are so uninterested in facts -- especially when they are so easy to obtain by just going to the church's website!!! Click Click ... Is that too much work?

  • PAC Phoenix, AZ
    May 11, 2012 2:58 p.m.

    Get your facts right lady. You might find we are good people to hang around.

  • OneAmerican Idaho Falls, ID
    May 11, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    As a "journalist" she had to work really hard to get so many of the facts wrong. The tenor of her speech in the article radiates bias, also explaining the high level of inaccuracy.

  • JM Lehi, UT
    May 11, 2012 2:12 p.m.

    She's doing pretty well if that's all she got wrong... : ) PS, in reference to some of these comments, hope everyone knows that activists have been hired to hang out in comment sections 24/7 to promote Obama (hoping he will promote the activist agenda, they are big donors to his campaign), sometimes they pretend to be uneducated or otherwise offensive LDS, pretend to be evangelicals, etc, most of them are atheist activists.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    May 11, 2012 1:51 p.m.

    I read the article. Take the time to read it. It's good for a few laughs...

    About Temples:

    "There are rooms for Sunday services (these tend to have two facing walls with large mirrors, to give a sense of infinity), as well as rooms for baptisms (the fonts resemble miniature above-ground pools), weddings, and another airy, stately room, filled with sofas and chairs and done in a palette of pale pinks, to sit and think."

    The story would not have made it through an English 101 class at the U.

  • Mormoncowboy Provo, Ut
    May 11, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    What "facts" are wrong in this article?

    1) She confuses temples with chapels a little. She notes there is a distinction, but mistakes the sealing room for a ward building classroom. An error, but hardly a misrepresentation of "doctrine and policy". Just a slight confusion, that does nothing to harm the Church's image.

    2) She confuses titles. She misunderstands that male missionaries carry the title "Elder" not "Brother". Again, this is a trivial issue, as "Brother" is the title we use in all other setting's in the Church. Again, not exactly an big "misrepresentation". Particularly nothing to be upset about. If it matters, a simple clarifying email should suffice.

    3) She speaks correctly as to how the home teaching program and Ward assignment's work, but is taking a little bit of a liberty in assuming that Romney will participate in a local Ward as a normal member. This is probably her most eggregious error, but even this is not all that significant.

    4) This can't even be called an error, but I don't know what to make of her story about being called by the "Prophet". Who know's what this was about????

  • zoar63 Mesa, AZ
    May 11, 2012 1:16 p.m.

    Isn,t her editor responsible for checking the facts before publishing the article?

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    May 11, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    I went to the online article and fired back. I did something.

    sick of this nonsense.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2012 12:25 p.m.

    "The optics of a sitting president walking into an unassuming brick building, mixing with and being ministered to by fellow congregants from different backgrounds, would be the best free advertising the religion's had since the Osmonds."

    So I guess it's okay for other presidents to be seen going into their church's... but if it were a Mormon it would just be horrible.

    Wow, and people really tell themselves they aren't prejudiced. I'd rather they at least admitted it. But no, why can't they do that? One reason only. See, if they admitted to hating other people, less people would listen to them. Their agenda would be out the door and their worldly popularity would diminish. Critics basically act the exact same way the Book of Mormon says they will.

    If people want to know what Mormons mean, they should read the Book of Mormon and attend a few LDS meetings. Whether they convert or not, they'd at least know the truth for themselves and have a competent opinion. Whether they agree or not with the church on anything, they at least stop judging and become friends. Now THAT is a better approach.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    May 11, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    Just a Reminder: Mr. Rubio, United States Senator Florida, is a practicing Catholic. And he is not Vice President. No scoop here!

  • Mark from Montana Aurora, CO
    May 11, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    OK, so I can see it now. In an effort to keep the disruption to a minimum, Romney would not attend meetings every week. On those weeks he didn't attend, opening excercises in Priesthood Meeting would go something like this;

    Bishop: We need to take the Sacrament to Sis. Johnson at the assisted living center and to President Romney at the White House. Who would like to volunteer?

    Brother: Bishop I would be happy to visit Sis Johnson this week, but I really don't want to go the Romney's place again. Ever time I go there my son and I both get stripped searched.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    May 11, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    Tekakaromatagi, You stole my thunder. I was going to suggest that maybe Brother Reid would be assigned to home teach Brother Romney.

    Vice president Rubio was apparently baptized when he was young. Maybe he would get a home teaching visit from Bro Reid or Brother Romney ;) Sounds like material for another Broadway show.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    May 11, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    It just sounds like someone from the Church Media Deptartment needs to pick up the phone and help walk the misinformed reporter through a retraction in the same spot of the paper where the story was printed. I'm sure Rupert Murdock didn't have time to vett this story as the English Government is trashing him and his offspring for so many issues now! You can almost see him sweating under the pressure of questioning! Don't count on News Corp getting it right as Fox news continually misquotes, misstates or fails to defend normal logic when it comes to news stories regarding Mormons! All the story hounds do it as do news anchors!

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    This is not surprising. When you're preaching an anti-LDS sermon, facts are usually the first casualty.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 11, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    I'm very offended by this liberal media's slant.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    On the plus side, these errors seem to reek of ignorance rather than hatred.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    May 11, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    Hey, what if Harry Reid and Mitt Romney are assigned to be hometeachers. Brother Romney gives the lesson. Brother Reid gives the closing prayer, "Let's pray for our president, he needs all the help that he can get!"

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    May 11, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    Yeah and I was thinking that every time I visit a temple visitor's center I too notice the "Indefatigable air of piety" of these young women.
    Then I see the cute picture of some of the sister missionaries in the article and giggle.

    mightymite-No one's saying that the comments are anything but benign. We're simply asking
    for accuracy.
    That, as you say, is the hole that keeps getting deeper;)

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 11, 2012 11:30 a.m.

    @Uncle Gadianton

    My sentiments exactly. This article and many like it are not productive. Why not just call the Post and offer you services for future stories?

  • Mormoncowboy Provo, Ut
    May 11, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    "The Callahan article is loaded with misrepresentations. For example they claim that the local Ward building is located on 1231 chestnut drive, but it is actually located on 1321 Chestnut drive."

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 11, 2012 11:20 a.m.

    The New Yourk Post is by media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation (i.e., FoxNews).
    The Post is known for its conservative editorial policy and sensationalist headlines.


    But somehow - I get the nagging suspision Conservative Utah Mormons will come out blaming the "Liberal Lame-Stream-Media" for this mis-guided attack on their pseudo-adopted-home-boy.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    May 11, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    Hugh, The deseret news never shows bias? The hole just getting dug deeper. Funny how people react to such benign statements,

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    May 11, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    Shoddy journalism. What else is new.

  • Ridgely Magna, UT
    May 11, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    Before you rant about the liberal media...this was The New York POST! You know, the ultra-conservative daily newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch and News Corp that has been rated as the least credible news source in NYC. Yes, that New York Post, not the New York Times.

    At least vent your indignant rage at the right people.

  • johnnylingo62 Gray, TN
    May 11, 2012 10:55 a.m.

    It's so sad that this type of reporting can go "un-vetted" by the editor or ombudsman of the paper to verify the factual or non-factual content before it becomes printed.
    Now, somebody will google the church, happen upon this article, take quotes from it, provide their "source tag" and perpetuate the false information (unless that is what their reporting on "inaccuracies of reporting on mormons").
    This is not new news, it was going on in 1827, all through Joseph Smith's lifetime - supposedly factual newspaper articles that sound "strange" and present the Mormons as dangerous or lunatics. Just another day in the demise of journalism about conservatives.

  • Uncle Gadianton Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 11, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    Instead of an article in the Deseret News, why weren't these concerns voiced to the New York Post?

    Professional journalists should be held to a professional standard.

  • Rob Logan, UT
    May 11, 2012 10:45 a.m.

    This is funny but wrong. How many people are going to believe what she says? I just laughed at how off the wall she is about all this. Where is responsible journalism? Where are the editors who are to make sure things are written accurately?

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    May 11, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    Sounded a little like the reporter was troubled that the LDS Church might get some positive publicity from having the President and possible Senate Majority Leader going to the same church. We can't have that now, can we. The mistakes in this article were mild compared to what the LDS Church is in for, not only during the campaign, but especially if Romney does win the Presidency. I'd say the Church had better take on the atitude that the only bad publicity of no publicity, because if Romney wins, both good and bad are going to be happening a lot.

  • StevenS Oceanside, CA
    May 11, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    Concur to Liberal Ted’s comment...however; this is not the first time New York Post will lose another round of creditability. In addition, it just adds more concrete evidence to why newspaper is a down turn with active subscribers.

    President Obama asked in privately to his former pastor, to tone down his typical rhetoric. However, he didn’t. That was the last time President Obama met with this man. (See Ron Kessler book titled, “In the President’s Secret Service”)

    The only comment I can add, not only this individual needs help in her terrible journalism, she needs to spend time with local members or missionaries to help her for any hopeful future editorial piece.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2012 10:20 a.m.

    It's a blessing and a curse that people are allowed to freely write. However, when you claim to be a journalists, then you should respect the field and actually do some research on the topic; and not assume that you understand everything on the topic.

    This is one reason journalism is dying and people are no longer reading from the established papers. They're more interested in selling a headline, rather than investigate and give people accurate information so they can make up their own mind. Instead they have an agenda and try to force people to think the way they want them to.

    Trust of the media has gone out the window. Polls show that the media is trusted less than Congress. You rarely see that posted in an article.

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    May 11, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    Makes us sound a little nuts! Too bad they have such a biased opinion! Did they go to obama's church and hear wright deliver his sermans? No, not a chance. Besides he never heard any of it anyway. There was only one Sunday when the rev ever said anything against white people, or jews, or America, and gosh darn obama wasn't in attendance. s/