Ashley Madison: Just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should

Just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should. This applies as much to using Ashley Madison to arrange an affair as it does to using the Ashley Madison hack to expose those who used the site. As a political blogger read by literally dozens of people worldwide, I know that the allure of dumpster diving into the Ashley Madison database for dirt on local politicians and politicos is tempting. If there’s a sure way to get eyeballs on posts, it’s scandal. But it’s still dumpster diving. And whatever you find in…

Does every college in Utah need NCAA athletics?

by Dan Burton and Shon Harris Does every Utah institution of higher education need NCAA sports? Let us put that differently: should students and taxpayers be subsidizing NCAA sports in Utah to the tune of $56M or could that money be prioritized for other needs, such as lowering student costs and fees? A couple weeks ago (or more, but we’re slow, okay?) the Utah State Auditor’s office released an analysis of subsidization of the NCAA by Utah, and it had all the impact of a bird pooping on the shiny glass of the Tower at Rice-Eccles Stadium.…

Jim Dabakis: Salt Lake Tribune to be sold

A number of reports from different sources are saying there will soon be a new owner for the Salt Lake Tribune. Reportedly, the paper is losing money and its owner, the New York Hedge Fund, Alden Global Capital is ready to dump the Tribune. It is not market conditions that have turned the Tribune unprofitable. It’s because the Trib’s Hedge Fund owner and Deseret News Publishing came to an agreement in the fall of 2013. The deal called for Tribune to stop getting its traditional 58% take from the papers…

Media malpractice on Justin Miller or wink wink nudge nudge?

The more you look at the whole Justin Miller scandal (more on that here, here, here, and, heck, one more: here), the more you start to wonder: Where are the calls for investigation?  Where are the editorial boards of the press? Other than the fascinating reporting by City Weekly, the rest of the press (as well as the left side of the political spectrum) has been all but silent about Miller’s behavior. And seriously, go read Stephen Dark’s post at City Weekly. It’s worth your time, and I’ll still be here when you get back. Back?…

Obama Promises No Federal Designations for Utah

During President Obama’s visit to Utah today he announced, with Utah Governor Herbert by his side, that there would be no more federal land designations in Utah during his final years in Washington. This came as quite a surprise to those present, but President Obama, who was sporting a new look, seemed at peace with his declaration.  The reporter from the Salt Lake Tribune looked puzzled and pale when he asked, “Mr. President why won’t you designate the Greater Canyonlands, Cedar Mesa, and the 3/4 of the state we…. I…

Proceed cautiously, Salt Lake Tribune, but please proceed

Others here have already done a magnificent job of reviewing Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star, and the questions its publication raised over conflicts of interest and journalistic ethics.  Before digging into those questions, let me say I purchased the book the minute it was announced and read it over the following weekend.  I highly recommend it to anyone interested not just in this campaign and the candidates, but Utah politics and campaigns in general.  It tells an engaging personal and political story of…

KSL’s Sheryl Worsley Files Ethics Inquiry About Tribune’s Mia Love Biography

In a coup for raising the standards of professional journalists (who are disappearing like dinosaurs after a giant meteorite hit), KSL’s News Director Sheryl Worsley (not apparently acting in her capacity as a KSL employee) sent an “ethics inquiry” to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to complain about the Salt Lake Tribune’s publication of a biography on newly elected Mia Love. Unauthorized by Mia Love or her campaign, the biography tells Love’s story, from her birth to Haitian immigrants through to election day on Tuesday November 6, 2014, and was written by Tribune reporters…

Book Review: Mia Love — The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star, by Matt Canham, Robert Gehrke and Thomas Burr

With Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star, a biography of Mia Love by Salt Lake Tribune reporter Matt Canham,  with Robert Gehrke and Thomas Burr, readers are fortunate to find a glimpse into the history and biography of Utah’s newest Representative to Congress, the first black, Republican woman to be elected to the United States House of Representatives. The book (which you can find at mialovebook.com or at the Amazon link below) is not authorized by Mia Love or her campaign. Americans should be so lucky as to have…