Where's media's sensitivity when it comes to Mormons?

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2002

Mormons apparently are exempt from the media's politically correct concern about sensitivity toward religious minorities.

Reporters from across the globe are in Utah to cover the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and some make no attempt to disguise their utter contempt for Mormons, who make up 70 percent of the state's population.

Utah has been described as ''the strangest state in America,'' "a theocracy'' and ''holier-than-thou Hicksville.''

The (Washington) Times speculates that some of the ill will springs from what it calls the dissatisfaction of the ''hard-drinking press'' with a state law banning the sale of drinks with an alcohol content exceeding 3.2 percent.

If Utah were a predominantly Islamic state, would the media be as adversarial? Probably not, judging from their news reports from elsewhere in the world.

--The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville

Feb. 12

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