Utah Newspapers Take Different Approaches to Coverage of First Amendment Controversy
Newspaper Research Journal
This article is a comparative study of the way two competing Salt Lake City, Utah newspapers - the LDS-owned "Deseret News" and the non-Mormon Salt Lake Tribune - covered the controversy surrounding the church and city's loss in a First Amendment suit with the ACLU. Although journalistic objectivity is the standard, research implies that media are critical of religious organizations perceived as "overly theocratic" that intrude on First Amendment rights. The two newspapers covered the the controversy differently. "The Salt Lake Tribune" focused on the divide being more religiously motivated and emphasized allegations of church politicking. "Deseret News" focused on the secular disputations, and had a more conciliatory tone in articles noting allegations of Church influence.