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By Kent Larsen
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LA Times Looks at Deseret News' Woes, Salt Lake Newspaper Battle

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- A Los Angeles Times article, reprinted recently in the Salt Lake Tribune, looks at the difficulties faced by the Deseret News and the current battle between the newspaper and the Salt Lake Tribune. Times reporter Gorman suggests that the News is an anachronism, unabashedly embracing the values of its owner, the LDS Church. Deserved or not, the News is widely believed to be the editorial mouthpiece of the church, and to slant its news coverage accordingly. And in some areas this is true, with church authorities approving editorials and news coverage weighed against moral standards. But these policies may cost readers, with even many LDS Church members claiming that the paper's coverage is too slanted toward the Church. But Gorman also notes the perception that the Salt Lake Tribune, the News' competitor and partner in a joint operating agreement (JOA), is unnecessarily critical of the LDS Church.

These perceptions are complicated by the fact that the two newspapers share printing, distribution and advertising sales under the JOA, tying them together in an arrangement that keeps both from true independence. Further complication came when the Tribune was purchased by Denver's MediaNews Group in a move that the Tribune's current managers, who claim to have an option to repurchase the newspaper this summer, say was influenced by the LDS Church.


Deseret News Still Struggling To Get Respect
Salt Lake Tribune (Los Angeles Times) 24Feb02 US UT SLC B4
By Tom Gorman: Los Angeles Times


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