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What are Trib's politics?

Published December 9, 2012 4:50 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

After reading "Top Mormon church posts dominated by registered Republicans" (Tribune, Dec. 5), I wondered to what party the publisher, editor and department chiefs of The Salt Lake Tribune belong? I'd bet Trib staffers are Democrats in telling disproportion to Utah's population.

That's nothing to be ashamed of, but if I followed columnist Peg McEntee's thinking in "Top Mormon leaders should drop political party labels" (Tribune, Dec. 6), a high rate of Tribune registered Democrats could call into question the objectivity of its political news coverage.

Over decades of attending Latter-day Saint church meetings, I have never heard any leader — from church president to local stake presidents, bishops and Relief Society presidents — ever make a single partisan remark. My political experience at church has been, officially and unofficially, completely nonpartisan.

Back to The Trib, leaders of Utah's predominant newspaper should disclose their official political affiliations. But like church leaders who carry out high-profile jobs in the limelight, I don't care how you vote as long as it doesn't affect your obligation to the truth. For you, that includes nonpartisan news reporting and making sure any nonobjective coverage is labeled opinion.

Steve M. Hawkins

Sandy