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| From PR Watch:
Journalists working for Utah's oldest continuously-published daily newspaper, the Deseret News, are leaving the paper in a dispute over the new direction in the paper's journalism. The problem started when the paper published a front-page story written entirely by Michael Purdy, the head of the LDS Church's public relations department. The paper did not identify the "reporter" as a member of the Church's public affairs department. Joel Campbell, who blogs about Mormon media for the Deseret News and is an active Mormon, is one of those leaving the paper. He says printing the news story was an "anathema to journalism" and presents an ethical conflict. The newspaper also recently laid off 85 members of its staff, and emailed Campbell asking him not to blog about it. Instead, the paper put out a news release that buried information about the layoffs six or seven sentences deep. Campbell complained that the paper was trying to control the message about it, and their actions were offensive to those getting laid off. The Deseret News is owned by a subsidiary of a for-profit holding company owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon or LDS Church.
| || Deseret News Hypocritically Mocks Warren Jeffs For Apocalyptic Prophecies |
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011, at 08:04 AM
Original Author(s): Captainmoroni
Topic: DESERET NEWS -Link To MC Article-
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| Hilariously, Deseret News and Mo commenters are mocking Warren Jeffs for making apocalyptic and crazy prophecies about disaster in the US. Of course, they fail to mention Mormonism's own long history of failed apocalypses.
Joseph Smith - Prophecy by the authority of Jesus Christ of a soon to come time of bloodshed, pestilence, hail, famine and earthquake. – History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 315 (January 4, 1833)
Joseph Smith - Made known to him in vision and by the Spirit that the coming of the Lord was nigh, 56 years should wind up the scene. – History of the Church, vol. 2, p. 182 (February 14, 1835)
Joseph Smith - "I prophesy in the name of the Lord god of Israel, unless the United States redress the wrongs committed ... in a few years the government will be utterly overthrown and wasted, and there will not be so much as a potsherd left" – History of the Church, vol. 5, p. 394 (May 18, 1843)
John Taylor - Prophetic dream that the US would become something along the lines of "I Am Legend" Zombie apocalypse within 20 years. (Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, June 15, 1878, “A Vision, Salt Lake City, Night of Dec 16, 1877?) Read it in full here: http://www.latterdayconservative.com/...
Wilford Woodruff and Brigham Young's prophecies that New York City would be destroyed by earthquake, Boston by flood, and Albany (Albany of all cities? Doesn't God set his sights on cities that matter?) by fire. There are multiple sources for this revelation at http://www.fullnessoftimes.com/prophe...
As you can see, Mormonism has its own embarassing history of apocalyptic and silly prophecies. Deseret News is hypocritically pillorying Jeffs for keeping the prophet's legacies alive.
| || LDS Church Officially Trying To Sell The Deseret News To Members Using The Ensign |
Friday, Jan 31, 2014, at 07:21 AM
Original Author(s): Exmocaptainmoroni
Topic: DESERET NEWS -Link To MC Article-
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| LDS Church officially trying to sell the Deseret News to members using the Ensign and exercise even more influence over member's politics. More evidence of the Corporation that owns the LDS Church.
So, my TBM relatives still send me the Ensign. I look it over and occasionally save the articles that no one will believe existed in 30 years.
Today, I find that this month's Ensign has an odd "Get Informed Get Involved" ad on the front (See: http://i.imgur.com/Kf9kTQo.jpg). I have never seen such blatant advertising on the front of the Ensign before so I am intrigued. Is this a new push against gay rights or something?
I open up the Ensign package to find a copy of the Deseret News with a deceptively tolerant looking front page story encouraging parents to brainwash their children better (See: http://i.imgur.com/EAO171l.jpg) and another story about how religious freedom is threatened by gay rights. (See: http://i.imgur.com/A87RGrH.jpg)
Even more egregious, I find this letter (See: http://i.imgur.com/c6VpJRC.jpg) which is made to look like an official church statement and encourages members using scriptures to subscribe to the Deseret News for just $30 per year and to adopt the conservative politics of the newspaper as well.
Inside, there is a long article about how members need to be politically active in church approved ways and even subtly discourages members from subscribing to magazines that are too liberal. (See: http://i.imgur.com/VA8w9jx.jpg)
This actually surprised me. It raises some disturbing questions.
As far as I know, this is the first time that the LDS Church has used the Ensign to sell one of its businesses to its members. Is this the beginning of a new low in Mormon corporatism? With more church action on petty political issues like Utah alcohol laws, are we seeing the LDS Church beginning to become more involved in conservative politics? Is the LDS Church worried about the fact that the Salt Lake Tribune has more weekday subscribers than their own pet Deseret News? By making a play for a national audience, are they propping up their struggling newspaper business?
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