Petition urging NY Times rewrite on Monson obit gains 88,000+ signatures

Petition urging NY Times rewrite on Monson obit gains 88,000+ signatures (Photo: NY Times via KUTV)

UPDATE: 5:03 p.m. The New York Times has responded to criticism of its obituary of late LDS President Thomas S. Monson.

(KUTV) - An online petition is urging the New York Times to rewrite its obituary of late LDS President Thomas S. Monson, saying the newspaper gave a more neutral obituary to Fidel Castro and others.

From the petition:

The New York Times recently wrote an obituary of Thomas S Monson, formerly President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Instead of highlighting the positive aspects of his life, or a neutral statement about the facts of his life, they decided to attack and disparage his character and used his obituary as a political statement against him and the Church as a whole and tweeted a click-bait headline to attack even further.
Fidel Castro and others have had more neutral obituaries which shows this as either a direct attack or a complete misunderstanding of religions or religious people. Would they write similar scathing remarks about the Pope?
We recognize that all people, including the New York Times and its authors, have the right to free speech and free press. However, an obituary should not be used as a political platform.
We are asking that the New York Times formally apologize for this bias in reporting and present an honest, neutral, and balanced obituary.

The petition is not sponsored or associated with The Chuch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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