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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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Al Hartmann | Tribune file p hoto A coal truck leaves the coal-fired Hunter Power Plant just south of Castle Dale after making a delivery in 2009. The plant is a key economic driver for rural central Utah. It is also a major source of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that is the target of restrictions proposed Monday by the Obama administration.
Editorial page second thoughts, from here to St. Louis and back again ...

The other day, we at The Salt Lake Tribune Opinion section felt we owed our readers a more detailed explanation about the true nature of the author of one of last Sunday’s op-eds.

Bean-counting bureaucrats’ at BLM are locking up Utah’s future — Anastasia Swearingen | For The Salt Lake Tribune

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"Editor’s note: This commentary originally described the author as a senior research analyst for the Environmental Policy Alliance. In fact, Anastasia Swearingen works for the public relations firm Berman and Co., which manages the Environmental Policy Alliance and represents clients in the energy industry."

And my friends at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch this week felt the need to not only apologize for one syndicated column it had recently published, but also to drop that column’s well-known author and replace him with another, supposedly more reasonable, writer from the Washington Post stable.

Michael Gerson replaces George Will — Tony Messenger | The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Starting today, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson replaces George Will on Thursdays and Sundays.

"Mr. Gerson, who grew up in St. Louis and still has family here, is a former speechwriter and top aide to President George W. Bush. (To answer the classic St. Louis question: Westminster Christian Academy).

"Mr. Gerson had served as a speechwriter for Republican presidential candidates Jack Kemp and Bob Dole, and is a former senior editor at the U.S. News & World Report.

"We believe that Mr. Gerson’s commitment to ‘compassionate conservatism’ and his roots in St. Louis will better connect with our readers, regardless of their political bent.

"The change has been under consideration for several months, but a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that sexual assault victims on college campuses enjoy a privileged status, made the decision easier. The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it. ..."


St. Louis paper dumps George Will for Michael Gerson — Erik Wemple | The Washington Post

The Salt Lake Tribune did not publish the offending Will column in its print editions. Not because it was ‘offensive and inaccurate,’ necessarily, but because our print edition allows us room for only a small portion of the syndicated columns we subscribe to.

We did post it online, though, as we do with most of the syndicated columns we receive (and pay for). Judge for yourself:

The victims of progressivism — George F. Will | The Washington Post, June 5, 2014

"Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (‘micro-aggressions,’ often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate. ...

" ... Now the Obama administration is riding to the rescue of ‘sexual assault’ victims. It vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults. ..."


What’s the over/under for when the editors of The Deseret News may clarify/apologize for/reconsider the column they published today? The one from the widely discredited and fossil-fuel-industry funded "Lord" Christopher Monckton.

EPA guidelines: wrong solution to a non-problemChristopher Monckton | For the Deseret News

"The legalist political faction has bafflingly adopted global warming as its shibboleth of shibboleths. It offensively brackets those who question the magnitude of man’s influence on climate with Holocaust deniers ..."

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