LDS-Owned Paper Asks for Tolerance for Immigrants

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Monday's New York Times profiles the editor of The Deseret News and how the Mormon church-owned paper is promoting a more tolerant theme toward immigrants.

"We, of all people, should be sensitive to the desire of others to provide more opportunities for themselves and their families," wrote Mark Wiles, chief executive of Deseret Media.

The Times reports that the editor of The Deseret News has been called a "liberal freak" and one reader wrote, "You have become a dangerous newspaper, one that I am on the verge of discontinuing."

The editorial ran simultaneously on the front pages of The Deseret News and El Observador, a Spanish-language paper also owned by Deseret Media. The editorial ran alongside an image of the Statue of Liberty with its inscription: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

In addition to The Deseret News and El Observador, Deseret Media owns Utah's largest television station, KSL.