Media mix up or why try and do some googling

I have noticed something when the media cover the Church.

They will, whether through ignorance or purposely, make basic mistakes about things with the church.  I could not imagine a quality newspaper not knowing or at least looking up say a quote from the Talmud or Koran.

This happened again in the last day.   Paul Hinman, a Mormon from southern Alberta was voted in recently in a by-election.  With the win Hinman returns to the Alberta provincial Legislature for a second time.

So as part of this process he was sworn in yesterday.  He brought with him his Bible as we do not normally swear on them anymore.

Well in the article they said he had a quote:

Hinman told me he got it in 1978 when he was on his Mormon mission in the Philippines. He used it when he was sworn in after his first election victory in 2004 and placed his hand on it again today.

“It’s always been near and dear to me,” he said. “And it’s traveled a lot of miles with me.”

It features a map of the Philippines on the back. On the front is a picture of Jesus and the words “The Glory of God is Intelligence,” a quote from the Book of Mormon.

However the quote comes from the Doctrine and Covenants:

93:36 –  The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.

In a way it makes me sad because while it is not a big issue, and the article was nice, it is a basic mistake. I was listening to Hinman talk about it and I am sure it was not his fault that the reporter had the wrong book.

I think a Google search could have sorted it out.

It makes me wonder how often they get things wrong for other religious groups.

To tell the truth I know the reporter and I like him.  He probably just made an honest mistake but this is obviously not the first time this has happened, considering the Church public affairs department has a news room dedicated to making similar corrections on articles about the church.

Anyway just a note from the field.

4 Responses to Media mix up or why try and do some googling

  1. Polprav says:

    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

  2. Natasha says:

    Want to see a worse example?

    As if Keith Olbermann didn’t leave Christ’s name out of our church’s name on purpose.

  3. Jon W says:

    Thanks for visiting Natasha.

    Just an update. I talked to Archie today and he thanked me for the mild correction. So all is well in Zion.

    And yeah most of those on the left that attack the church do it from “aren’t you just dumb Utah white supremacist hicks.

    On the right we are, “spawns of Satan”

    Not sure which I prefer😉

  4. Jon W says:


    Sure go ahead.

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