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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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President Barack Obama speaks about the choice facing women in the upcoming election, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Tribune endorsement (Barack Obama) goes viral ...

Tribune Endorsement: Too Many Mitts — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Obama has earned another term

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Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.

But it was Romney’s singular role in rescuing Utah’s organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State’s favorite adopted son. After all, Romney managed to save the state from ignominy, turning the extravaganza into a showcase for the matchless landscapes, volunteerism and efficiency that told the world what is best and most beautiful about Utah and its people.

In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.

Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, ...

Newspapers in Salt Lake City, Tampa and Denver Endorse Obama — The Caucus blog | The New York Times

Mitt Romney may be something of a Utah native son, having helped turn around the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games, attended Brigham Young University and once owning property there. But on Friday, The Salt Lake City Tribune tossed its support to President Obama, in a editorial titled "Too Many Mitts." ...

Salt Lake Tribune throws its support behind Obama — CNN

The Salt Lake Tribune announced in an editorial published Friday its endorsement of President Barack Obama for the 2012 race, questioning the "pragmatic, inclusive" former Massachusetts governor’s change into Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

"The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first," the Utah newspaper said in the editorial. ...

Salt Lake Tribune endorses Obama — Dylan Byers | Politico

US Election: Oct 19 as it happened — The Telegraph

... It’s been a day of newspaper endorsement but this is a surprise: The Salt Lake Tribune, the largest paper in the overwhelmingly Mormon state of Utah, has endorsed Obama. And they’ve given their adopted son a kicking while doing it. ...

The Guardian

"... And then there was the Salt Lake Tribune, in a Utah that is 99.999% certain to vote for Romney. It’s the most damning of the lot in bashing Romney and endorsing Obama. ..."

Obama racks up newspaper endorsements — The Hill

... The most surprising was the Tribune’s endorsement of Obama, given Romney’s ties to Utah and its heavily-Mormon population. ...

Obama tags Romney with amnesia gag — AFP

... One source that definitely does not back the multimillionaire private equity baron is The Salt Lake Tribune, the local paper in the home city of Romney’s Mormon faith, albeit a liberal one that endorsed Obama in 2008.

In an editorial, the paper lavished praise on Romney for saving the city’s 2002 Winter Olympics, but said his subsequent courting of the right-wing Tea Party movement and refusal to detail his tax plan should rule him out. ...

Salt Lake Tribune endorses — Obama? — Alexandra Perti | The Washington Post

This is how you dump someone. ...



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