NY Times responds to criticism of Monson obituary

FILE - In this July 10, 2015, file photo, President Thomas S. Monson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, attends the memorial service for Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer at the Tabernacle, on Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. Monson, the 16th president of the Mormon church, has died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, after nine years in office. He was 90. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

(KUTV) - The New York Times has responded to criticism of its obituary of late LDS President Thomas S. Monson.

In their response the Times wrote:

Readers reacted strongly to our obituary for Thomas S. Monson, who served as prophet and head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for nearly a decade. In hundreds of messages to The New York Times and dozens of comments on the obituary, readers, including many Mormons, wrote that the obituary focused too narrowly on the politics and controversies of the Mormon Church and overlooked Mr. Monson’s contributions to the community. We drew questions from readers’ feedback, and William McDonald, our obituaries editor, responded to them.

You can read more about the petition to the Times from readers upset by their portrayal of Monson here.

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