Mythbusting site confirms it: Tribune endorses Obama
Published: October 24, 2012 01:22PM
Updated: October 26, 2012 09:39AM
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President Barack Obama gestures while speaking to supporters during a campaign stop at The Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Davenport, Iowa. The President is on a two day campaign trip across six battleground states. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

How shocked were people outside Utah to the news that The Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Barack Obama for re-election?

Shocked enough that the famous mythbusting website Snopes.com felt the need to confirm the news.

Quoting the Snopes post: “Despite the significant ties Republican presidential candidate has to Utah’s Salt Lake City — including his prominent membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (which is headquarted in that city, and his work as the President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics — it came as a surprise to many people that the Salt Lake Tribune, the highest-circulation daily newspaper in Utah, endorsed his opponent, Barack Obama, in the 2012 presidential contest.”

Snopes goes on to quote from the endorsement (posted online last Friday, and featured in Sunday’s print edition), and to point out both that the Tribune endorsed Obama in 2008 and the fact that it’s the other paper in town, the Deseret News, that’s owned by the LDS Church.