Friday, April 27, 2007

Crticism Of Utah Newpapers Goes National

I've been frustrated with the local papers here in Utah for a while now, and while some are better than others, they all seem to have a "don't upset the status quo popular opinion" bias. So, naturally, when I see these organizations criticised on a larger scale than say, this blog, I get some enjoyment out of it.

If you're going to lie, at least be smart enough about it not to offer contradictory evidence for your empty assertions a mere two paragraphs down. And I can't figure out what's more ridiculous: The fact that you did this, or the fact that it took two of you dunces to write it. Man, are you guys hiring? It's obvious you don't need much skill to write for the Deseret News, especially if you've got someone to help you screw up each piece you write.

Do you think the Deseret News is lame as well? Email the story authors and tell them. Tad Walch: Sara Israelsen:

(Emphasis mine
, italics in source)
The only thing that I would add is that while 1,000 people did sign petitions, people like this are surely included in that total.
Provo Mayor Lewis Billings, a prominent Utah County Republican, says he understands Larsen's frustration with the federal government's slow response to immigration issues, but he doubts "there will be a lot of support for the resolution in its current form."
And just what resolution did Larsen suggest? I'm glad you asked
"In order for Satan to establish his 'New World Order' and destroy the freedom of all people as predicted in the Scriptures, he must first destroy the U.S.," his resolution states. "The mostly quiet and unspectacular invasion of illegal immigrants does not focus the attention of the nations the way open warfare does, but is all the more insidious for its stealth and innocuousness."
So just to recap, that is District 65 Chairman Don Larsen's resolution to . . . I guess I don't know whether his goal is to stop Satan and/or illegal immigration, or to support freedom/the Scriptures (somehow all of these have evidently become blurred for him, which is understandable because everyone knows that there's no freedom without the Scriptures and without Satan there would be no illegal immigrants [bangs head on wall]), but it's his resolution none the less. There's a Utah county republican for you. No I'm not saying all Utah county republicans are that, well, crazy, but I am saying that there are elements of the crazy there (Satan = illegal immigration, sounds sane to me),. And the crazy and sane alike signed the petition supporting Cheney's visit, which some would argue is also a form of crazy, but that's a discussion for a different post.

So adding that back in to Scott Thill's piece from Huffington Post, which counts more, 1,000 signatures including possibly some Satan = illegal immigration folks, or 4,000 signatures from which my investigation has yet to yield a single reference to Satan being the cause of any of our national concerns?


  1. Did you read, in the comments on the HuffPo piece, about the "do not hire" pact in Provo?

    Politics aside, 4,000 of the opposing students signed an online petition demanding a different speaker. Local businesses in Utah county, home of BYU, have been distributing the list as a "Do not hire pact".

    These kids who have worked through school, and followed the very strict rules accompanied by being a BYU student, are now being pursecuted by local business for flexing their first amendement right of free speach.

    I wonder if that can be proven. THAT would be the best story the Des News would ever not cover.

  2. Great post.

    Since the Deseret Morning News brought Cannon on board, they seem to have lost much of the competence and journalistic integrity they once had. (I believe so, anyway)

    Here are two good examples of a couple of their editorials -

    (I realize these don't reflect the same type of poor journalism your talking about, necessarily, but they do reflect yet another side of the equation of why the Deseret Morning News is going down hill so fast):

    Here and here

    If that "do not hire" list is real, that's a big deal. Where did you hear about that, JM? I've been itching to use this digital video camera I have. Maybe some impromptu interviews with a few of these businesses would help us to all understand why someone who doesn't support Cheney doesn't deserve employment. ?

    The Deseret Spectacle

  3. From what I could find on it, the "Do Not Hire" list talk started with a Joe Vogel post at Huffington Post.

    Now BYU Alternative Commencement has received an email from a local businesswoman named Denise Harman, who claims that all BYU students participating in activities against Dick Cheney are being tracked by local businesses. "Many businesses are noting the names involved," she says.

    I've yet to find anything else in the MSM or on the BYU Alternative Commencement site, but I'm still looking.