Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Deseret Snooze

There are two daily papers in Salt Lake; The Tribune and the Deseret News. It is interesting to read the way each paper reports a story differently.

For example, the Deseret News never mentions names of perpetrators unless they are high-profile people. If a crime has enough momentum to carry into a second article the next day, then the names come out.

And they never mention someone’s immigration status or race. They are very careful and very PC.

Here’s the same item from both papers dated July 9th:

Salt Lake Tribune
“A man is dead and his mother’s companion is in jail after a family argument ended in gunfire early Sunday in Salt Lake City.
“Police said Nathan Valdez, 25, brandished a shotgun and confronted his mother’s companion, David T. Smith, about 2 a.m. after learning Smith had kicked his mother out of the apartment the couple shared at 746 N Irving.
“Wielding a handgun, Smith allowed Valdez into the apartment, where the two argued until Valdez pointed the shotgun at Smith, police said. Smith fired one shot from a handgun into Valdez’s chest.
“Valdez died at LDS Hospital.
“Smith, 48, is jailed on a charge of criminal homicide, police said.”

Now, Deseret News
“One man was killed and another is behind bars after police say a domestic dispute resulted in gunfire early Sunday morning.
“The incident occurred around 2 a.m. at an apartment at 746 N. Irving St, (1630 West). Police say the victim’s mother had called him to say that her 48-year-old boyfriend had kicked her out of the apartment.
“Lt. Dave Hoffman said the 25-year-old went to the apartment to confront the boyfriend. Hoffman said the victim may have possibly brought a firearm with him. Inside the apartment, the two men argued and the boyfriend pulled a handgun and shot the victim in the chest, Hoffman said. He said the victim died at a hospital. Police booked the man into the Salt Lake County Jail.”

Well, your secret is safe with the Deseret News.

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