The 5 Stages of Scandal

We are probably all familiar with the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.  It seems lately as we have watched political scandals unfold in Utah, those stages also apply.  Some take a little longer to move through the steps of scandal than others, but you must admit, there’s a lot of predictability. So, if your friendly neighborhood politico has been caught in a political scandal – or if YOU are the politico, here’s a little guide on the 5 steps of political scandal to help see…

Reflections on City Weekly’s Coverage of Mendenhall and LaMalfa’s Alleged Affair

Yesterday, Salt Lake City Weekly published an article asserting that two SLC Council Members, Erin Mendenhall and Kyle LaMalfa, are engaged in an affair. This ignited an immediate firestorm on social media and in comments sections of the article, with many people making strong criticisms of City Weekly’s article for being anonymously sourced and for making big news out of something that is a private affair. I don’t know LaMalfa, but I do know Mendenhall, and I like her. I’ve found her to be a friendly, earnest person and a dedicated…

City Weekly readers, you can’t be this dumb

I’ll admit it: I enjoy alt weekly newspapers like City Weekly. Sure, they’re almost always WAY to the left of me politically, but they also go after stories that many others won’t touch and aren’t afraid to let their biases come on through bright and clear. That said, I seriously wonder about their readers. Usually their annual Best Of is just a bunch of voting on bars, restaurants, and the like with a few funny items tossed in. In the politics area, it’s predictably liberal. What’s surprising this year is…