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Dave,

Nice write up and analysis on the Times story. I like the L.A. Times, and always have; however, I have to admit you make some pretty compelling points in your write up, particularly about the "newsworthiness" and "soapbox" angles.

I also read Hewitt's interview with the author, and didn't find a compelling reason on why the article appears now, or why on the front page. In fact I thought Hewitt's interview was somewhat softball; but, I don't know his style really, as I've never listened to him or read any of his interviews before.

Since I live on California's Central Coast, it's hard to find a quality newspaper to read. The local papers are great for local news; but, I usually rely on the L.A. Times for anything serious in California. I think newspapers like many people or institutions do have agendas, as you suggest. I'm not exactly sure why the L.A. Times has one as it relates to the Church.

One of the things I found curious in Hewitt's interview was the author claimed he had, in the past, been accused of being a shill for the Church, or even a member of the Church. I don't know whether that is true or not; but, I thought it interesting he had to drop that bit of information so that he could give his article just a bit more credibility. Almost like Nixon going to China or something.

Anyway--nice write up on this story.

Guy, thanks for the comment. Hugh Hewitt's a fair guy and goes out of his way to be fair to the Church. Here's the link to the transcript of his interview with the author of the article.

The Hewitt interview showed three things: (1) Hewitt being fair and objective; (2) the author of the article being pretty mellow about the whole issue; and (3) the whole DNA issue being very difficult to discuss intelligently in two-sentence soundbites. To someone unfamiliar with the Mormon DNA issue, the interview must have been incomprehensible.

To be fair Dave, I do think newspapers have reported on science and Christianity in the context of ID and evolution.

If you are wondering if the LA Times has special feelings for Mormons (I don't know that it does), the place to start checking would be Mark Willes. He was in charge of the paper for five years leading up to its sale to the Tribune Company in 2000. After that he presided the Hawaii Honolulu Mission. Apparently staff didn't like working for a businessman with no newspaper experience; he was president of General Mills before going to the Times.

There's a photo of Willes wearing a short-sleeved white shirt, tie, and lei on the Church's website. Does it get better than that?

I like your rundown of the article. To be honest, I didn't and don't want to read either the LA Times story or the paper itself. I have such a personal bias against the big newspapers (and most big news media) I read mostly the headlines and the first paragraph. I can pretty much guess from the rest what did and didn't happen, and what the viewpoints will be.

I like your rundown of the article. To be honest, I didn't and don't want to read either the LA Times story or the paper itself. I have such a personal bias against the big newspapers (and most big news media) I read mostly the headlines and the first paragraph. I can pretty much guess from the rest what did and didn't happen, and what the viewpoints will be.

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