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Deseret News takes own lumps on story of Kevin Garn, Cheryl Maher

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  • Henry Drummond
    March 12, 2010 5:20 p.m.

    I'm a little confused about the assertion that there wasn't time to verify the story. You seem to be saying in this article that Garn confessed.

  • Kanoealoha
    March 12, 2010 5:44 p.m.

    Interesting, so if it happened 17 years ago it's not news? So all the catholic priests and molestation and such isn't really news right? I mean, some molested kids years ago, covered it up and acted one way in public, you're right, that's not news... wow, way to lost credibility in one fell swoop.

  • Anonymous
    March 12, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    So why is this news now? No wonder newspapers are dying. Seems it is a miracle the Deseret News deemed their readers could handle reading about Killpack's arrest. Do you not cover stories until you can no longer ignore them?

  • Very Disappointed
    March 12, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    Like most media, it seems the D News is not interested in reporting the truth. Your business depends on the trust of the people of Utah...it sure seems mindless and short sited to have buried this story. Now the D News' integrity has really suffered. How many other stories have you buried that you should have reported? I guess the right of the people to be informed is not that important to you. Shame on the D News.

  • Paul
    March 12, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    While it might have been a good call to not go with the story before the Primary, it definitely should have been revisited when Garn got back into politics. Seems like there should have been notes or something from the earlier 2002 conversation that would have been easy to put together into a story. Someone dropped the ball on that one, even if the $150k payout wasn't known.

  • Then and Now
    March 12, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    The DNews and the Trib may have made the right call in not printing that story right before an election,when it first surface, but I don't that excuses their failing to follow up on the story later, especially once Kevin Garn rose to political prominence in Utah. THAT, to my mind, is where they failed in their journalistic duty. They got some 'splainin' to do on that part.

  • Anonymous
    March 12, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    A ridiculous response to irresponsible cover up journalism. These execs should be ashamed of themselves and fess up. If it looks like & walks like a duck . . . it's a duck. They protected this creep so he wouldn't be in danger of losing the election.

  • The confesses to the paper
    March 12, 2010 6:12 p.m.

    and they don't run the story!!!!

    And you call yourself a newspaper????
    More like the Fox News of newspapers.

    I think it's obvious why they didn't run the story: because had they run the story of this guy sexually assaulting a minor, it would have meant that the democrat would have won the election!

  • Raul
    March 12, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    Sorry but this is why I rarely read The D news.

  • charlie
    March 12, 2010 6:18 p.m.

    THEY DON'T REMEMBER IT? Just how many stories about nude legislators with 15-year olds have they killed over the years?

  • What?
    March 12, 2010 6:18 p.m.

    How in the world could the Deseret News do this?

    I can see being circumspect regarding the timing of when the story might be pursued. But, how could it just be dropped?

    I predict we haven't seen the end of the story even now.

    And, the standing ovation at the legislature was a joke.

    Anywhere else in the country a credible newspaper would have followed up on a story like this, the politician's career would be over, and the legislature would not have applauded the confession.

  • Please Resign
    March 12, 2010 6:20 p.m.

    The news paper should have ran the story. The public should have known who they were electing.

    I feel sorry for the victim, and for Garn's family. I even feel sorry for him. Why did he wait to grandstand? He could have gone to the news media any time, even during the session. He made the confession among friends. Strange.

    Although there is remorse from Mr. Garn, he should experience the consequences of his actions. His actions were child abuse, and should be punished.

    Restitution? Was that what all the cash was about, or hush money. She was wrong in asking for it and taking it. She should have taken him to court.She still was a victim, of Garn and everyone who has kept quite.

  • uncannygunman
    March 12, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    Hmmm, I'm not sure how I feel about the D-News's involvement in this. I hope it leads to some journalistic soul-searching though.

  • KJB
    March 12, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    As this point, you're about as "fair and balanced" as Fox News is. If a Democrat had done this, it would have been front-page news back in 2002.

    Sad, sad, sad.

  • Confused
    March 12, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    It was stated that the $150,000 payoff was in 2002. So to claim that because the incident happened 25 years ago it should be ignored is the mentality of our great lawmakers. For the representatives of Utah to stand up and applaude this man is disgusting. People are prosecuted each day for just this type of incident, yet he gets away with it, with the Republican and Morman church's blessing. Shame on Utah. The man not only is what society classifies as a sex offender, but he should be treated as such and he should be on a sex offender list. One only needs to ask, what if it was your daughter? Would you look at him in the same way, would it be okay for him to get away with this?

  • Feed Up
    March 12, 2010 6:39 p.m.

    Garn should resign. He is sorry that the mistake is coming back to bite him, it was a mistake to pay he the hush money now that she is talking, not that he got naked with a 15yr old girl.
    The Desert news did not publish because he was resigning. WHY DID THEY NOT PUBLISH 2YRS LATER WHEN HE RAN AND WON FOR THE STATE SENATE.

  • Pagan
    March 12, 2010 6:47 p.m.

    It didn't come out before but it came out now. The election never should have played a role in when the new came out.

  • Just the Facts, Ma'am
    March 12, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    Just so we're clear, the real driving force behind news media (newspapers, news tv, news or "talk" radio, etc.) is to generate revenue and make a profit. And as much as possible. I don't have a problem with that at all. I also understand that what is considered "newsworthy" is a subjective determination by a reporter or editor. This case is one example. That said, where can the public go for information? Please just report the facts and tell us the Who, What, Where, When, and How. Let us make our own conclusions and let us answer, to ourselves, the Why. We have our own personal prejudices, we realize that. We can be wrong, and often are. So what? But just because we're wrong, don't think we're stupid. Please don't tells us what to think, or try to manipulate our minds and reach conclusions for us. Didn't your parents teach you that?

  • anonymous
    March 12, 2010 7:27 p.m.

    This is why the D News is viewed by many as biased toward and controlled by the LDS Church. It really isn't a true newspaper but rather a mouthpiece for it's owner. Walter Cronkite is rolling over in his grave right now. This is how newsapapers in Russia and Iraq were run.

  • Liberal Media Elite
    March 12, 2010 7:29 p.m.

    If the Deseret News had reported this in 2002, would Garn and the Utah republican party lashed out at the "liberal media elite" for playing dirty politics? That would have been good comedy.

  • Anonymous
    March 12, 2010 7:31 p.m.

    Makes me wonder who else Garn paid off? Maybe the D-News editors at the time?

    Also makes me wonder if there are other women? Where there's smoke there's fire.

    Lastly, all of this also makes me wonder how many more standing ovations he'll receive from his peers in the legislature--they just don't get it.

  • Dave in Layton
    March 12, 2010 7:31 p.m.

    The D "News" now has zero credibility for me! How do I know when you are reporting the complete story as you know it to be.

    Mistakes are correctable, but deciding what your readers should and shouldn't know about a candidate's character is unbelievable.

    If you think the character of a person that will be making laws for all us citizens of Utah is not worth reporting, then there is really a problem intrinsic in the D News organization.

  • Anonymous
    March 12, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    You chose what was in our, the electorate's, best interest? How patronizing. You thought she was "flaky", yet you convict yourself because you knew it was true when your wrote in your article that Spangler said "I remember him crying," and confessing what happened. What was there to check out. Also, he paid someone off, no matter how he wants to characterize it. You disgrace the purpose of the first amendment and the role of the press as a check on government. Shame on you! Without a doubt, you would have reported this had it been a Democrat. Your article is full of back peddling.

  • Sickening
    March 12, 2010 7:37 p.m.

    Not commenting on the incident but on this story, it makes me literally sick to my stomach. Icky. Bernick couldn't have called Spangler for the information? He was a public figure again and it should have been brought up. Ugly. Gross. Icky and I am talking about journalism.

  • chantel
    March 12, 2010 7:39 p.m.

    I have a feeling if this had been a Democratic politician, it would have run on the front page.

  • Formersubscriber
    March 12, 2010 7:50 p.m.

    Since I no longer own a puppy in need of housetraining, from now on I'll get my "news" from the internet, where the citizens who comment on these boards seems to have better journalistic ethics than the 'editors'. Deseret dog-trainer indeed.

  • DanielFBoone
    March 12, 2010 8:18 p.m.

    I fully understand the need to exercise extreme caution when deciding to publish a salacious story concerning a politician a few days before an election.
    But Rep Grant was elected and a few years later became one of the most powerful men in Utah and the editors of the Deseret News still refused to publish this story despite their knowledge and verification of the facts.
    Those at the Deseret News responsible for this appalling lack of editorial judgement should join Rep. Garn and resign as they are unfit to hold a position of requiring public trust.

  • Disappointed
    March 12, 2010 9:00 p.m.

    Big time. At best, this represents several instances of shoddy, lazy reporting over the past decade in a story of importance to the citizens of Utah.

    I'm sad this will probably taint my perception of the Deseret News for who knows how long, but this is warranted.

  • Anonymous
    March 12, 2010 9:02 p.m.

    The Dnews should be embarrased. They sat on a story even after the guy seems to have confessed in tears in their office..

    This isn't journalism, it's editorialism. It's dishonest. It's shameful. The press is supposed to help protect the laws and the people, not shield politicians from scrutiny. I hope that those involved still working for the DNews will have the courage to apologize and resign.

    New leadership is needed.

  • Shame on the DNEWS
    March 12, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    you shouldn't even call yourselves journalists.

  • It really isn't news
    March 12, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    Anyone with any degree of intelligence realizes that politics an honest moral behavior are complete opposites. There is no story there.

  • MarkS
    March 12, 2010 11:02 p.m.

    It was a bad bad decision, but I can't understand the posters saying it was all a D News--Republican coverup, if it had been a Democrat, blah blah blah. They apparently didn't read the article, which clearly stated the Trib passed on publishing this too.

  • Did D News commit Crime?
    March 13, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    I don't know what Utah's laws are or were, but in Idaho, if you know a sexual crime against a minor is committed and you don't report, you can be prosecuted for failure to report. In Idaho, whoever knew about this and didn't report it would be prosecuted, the way I understand the law.

  • Okayyyyy...
    March 13, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    No one still working at the DesNews can remember that a sitting member of the state legislature cried while he told them he'd sat naked in a hot tub with a minor (and maybe done more than just sit)? Really? Really??

    And being suspicious of the allegation, not ONE reporter at the DesNews (or according to this, the Trib as wel) chose to follow up on the story after the election? Not one?? Really???

    I have to wonder if Garn's checkbook holds more secrets than just one hush money payment. Perhaps we can find an out-of-state reporter with the courage to follow THAT up. Apparently there aren't any in Utah.

  • Lew Jeppson
    March 13, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    You know, D-News, Garn steam-rollered the Democratic opposition in north Davis County. This information would have been mighty useful to them. Did you cover it up to assure Republican victories? I wouldn't be a bit surprsied, and you can drop your so-called neutrality; we've been on to you for years with your extremely Republican stable of syndicated journalists.

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    Time to cancel my subscription. Real journalists do not cover up stories that allow the acts of sexual predators to remain concealed.

  • The expert is wrong
    March 13, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    "You had it verified and you had the woman talking to you." Actually, the fact that the woman would not talk and give details and corroborate much is one reason why the Dnews is saying it didn't run the story. Sounds to me like this so-called expert thinks she knows more than she does.
    Myself, I don't care about something that happened 20 years ago.

  • Shameful
    March 13, 2010 2:21 a.m.

    Here is another shameful example of how corrupt the Republican Party is.

    First, we had Curt Bramble and Pizza-gate and Bramble-gate, then Sheldon Killpack and Killpack-gate, and now we have Garn-gate and this is just the leadership of the Utah Republican Party. We don't even need to get into the details of these and the many other incidents where the Republican leadership has been involved in such shannigans such as Mark Walker and Republican leaders trying to bribe Ellis to not run and Mark Shurtleff and Gary Herbert (whose son worked with Mark Walker) coming to his defense. Who wants to bet that Mark Walker got Gary's son a job and that he helped cover up what had happened between Mark Walker and Ellis?

    It is either time for Democrats to be elected on the state level or for Republican voters to attend their Caucuses and take the Republican Party back from the right-wing crazies and their corrupt leaders so that we can have decent representation yet I doubt they will do it.

    There is a reason so many Republicans in Utah are jumping ship to the Utah Democrats.

  • Stan Beale
    March 13, 2010 4:00 a.m.

    As a teacher in California where we we were required by law to report suspected sexual abuse, we were made aware that abusers often seek out vulnerable, impressionable and troubled young people. Not only because they would be easier victims but also because they would be less likely to be believed if they spoke out. I wonder if the journalists fell into this trap?

  • Wow!!!
    March 13, 2010 4:43 a.m.

    I cannot believe what I just read. Somebody at the Deseret News claimed that this allegation was not verified after Garn admitted before the election that it was true? Not only was it verified, it was undisputed. It is one thing to make a mistake, but to claim it was not a mistake makes your judgment questionable. When just prior to the election a candidate admits to sexual, in my opinion criminal, activity (enticing an underage girl to take her clothes off for your prurient interests) that story is newsworthy. The voters have a right to know if something in the candidate's past brings their judgment or ethics into question. Apparently the Deseret News subscribes to the Clinton standard; if people like you it does not matter what illegal activity you engage in (Clinton's crime was perjury). I would have hoped for more from the Deseret News. In my past I represented clients who sued the Catholic church for covering up childhood sexual abuse. I am sad to learn that the Deseret News takes that kind of abuse as lightly as the Catholic church did. My clients who had been abused were devastated emotionally for many years.

  • Bill McGugin
    March 13, 2010 5:23 a.m.

    The right thing to do? (shaking my head) The Man is a sex offender period..... As for the other legislators applauding him... I'm truly embarrassed by this State I call home.....

  • Good point.
    March 13, 2010 5:24 a.m.

    Although I think this should have been reported earlier, election or not. The news media has a responsibilty to the public at large to make these kinds of things known. Police have made great strides to entrap people for even haveing the thought of encounters with underage minors.

    On that point, I think the law on this should be changed to not call minors who voluntary engage in these acts as innocents. They are just as guilty of promoting underage sex as an adult is, it's very common in all the the schools among peers. Parents teach them its okay to have sex if your not married.

    This girl and her parents willingly accepted the money and signed a non-disclosure agreement which is also illegal because of her age at the time. A 15 year old who suddenly has $150,000 must have gotten the parents attention. The parents must have looked at this as some restitution that they or the girl would never have gotten by reporting it.

    It looks like there has been many crimes involving this single incident. Maybe the law is going too far punishing adults and not children who have become adults.

  • so typical
    March 13, 2010 5:29 a.m.

    Utah is chock full of hypocrites and liars.

  • Censorship, plain and simple
    March 13, 2010 5:47 a.m.

    I'm very troubled that the D-News didn't further investigate this story, even if it was on the eve of the primary election. For Garn to come and actually confess all to D-News editors should have been evidence enough to run the story to let readers and voters decide.

    People have a right to know if their government leaders are crooks or child molesters. It was the duty of the D-News to report that, even if he was a good-standing member of the church and a Republican.

  • What's up?
    March 13, 2010 6:03 a.m.

    Hall should step down or be fired. It's as simple as that.

  • Monsieur le prof
    March 13, 2010 6:28 a.m.

    Wow, a lot of vitriol from people with religious and political axes to grind. Do your think they're venting on the Trib website as well? It seems that these people either don't read the entire story, or they just choose to pick out the things they want.

    And then all the innuendos! Ooh, he must have done this, or he probably did that, with not an ounce or shred of evidence of any crime, merely wanton misjudgement. If you want to be suspicious, ask yourself about the woman's motives. Is she pouting because she couldn't squeeze any more money out of him. Are the police going to get involved? Is there really a crime here?

    It's old news, folks. Really old news. He erred and has paid dearly with his guilt and humiliation for a long time. The Deseret News may or may not have erred in their withholding the story, but that's a chance they take with every story. They had nothing to gain either way. Live and learn.

    The DNews is still a very fine newspaper with honest people, good reporting, solid writing, and great photography.

  • Welcome To The Real Utah
    March 13, 2010 7:20 a.m.

    Both major newspapers knew of this disgusting act, and it's long term relationship but BOTH chose to keep quiet? Now if that doesn't give you an inside into why Utah is the reddest state in the union nothing will! How much money and how many other stories are out there left unreported? This is just what I have expected all of my life here and I'm 70 years old. What chance would any other party have here, and especially an independent party? Zero!This isn't just wrong it's a form of communism.

  • Republican
    March 13, 2010 7:26 a.m.

    This is why I am more and more disillusioned with the Republican party. It seems to be more and more about hypocrisy.

  • Cancel my subscription
    March 13, 2010 7:52 a.m.

    That's the last straw, I'm tired of being surrounded by immoral, two-faced scum...in the government, the media, and the . I'm going back to China where at least everyone knows the government controls the media and I can see through the haze.

  • Dee
    March 13, 2010 7:56 a.m.

    If it had been a Democrat involved, they would have reported it. Guaranteed.

  • American Citizen
    March 13, 2010 7:58 a.m.

    I'll bet Kevin Garn at 28 never dreamed that someday his mistake would be front page news.

    Readers think they have a right to know every juicy detail about elected officals. Are they willing to expose their own lives to the same level of invasion of privacy?

    People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.



  • Your Own Private Idaho
    March 13, 2010 8:03 a.m.

    To: Did D News commit Crime? | 12:13 a.m.,

    That's great about Idaho, but who cares? Nobody pays Idaho any heed and there is a very good reason for that.

  • ooops.
    March 13, 2010 8:09 a.m.

    Can't complain about the liberal press and Obama. You are just as guilty.

  • Don't forget the Legislature
    March 13, 2010 8:10 a.m.


    Apparently this was a "widely-known secret." How many of them knew?

    They applauded Garn when he admitted in public that he had committed an indiscretion with a 15 year old girl!

  • Two Shoes
    March 13, 2010 8:14 a.m.

    So what publication can we read to find the truth?

  • K OK OK OK
    March 13, 2010 8:38 a.m.

    The DN blew it. By your own admisision. What blows my mind is that you continue to defend what is indefensible. I can't believe it. The story was there, but you refused to print it.

    I am speechless, really. Talk about being in bed with the gop. yee gads. Yes, you have lost my faith.

    Not because of X, but because your people continue to cover up, make excuses, etc. No mea culpa, eh.

    Back to the Trib for me.

  • Sherry
    March 13, 2010 8:40 a.m.

    I knew it before I even read this article. I said to my husband, "So she went to the news media and yet it wasn't reported. You can bet it was the Deseret News she went to." And then I read this and the previous article with they "hysterical" explanation as to why the story was not reported by the Deseret News. I can assure you, if a non-Mormon had been exposed in such a manner, the story would have made headlines. Let's just call the Deseret News what it is -- "The Mormon Church Owned and Controlled Newspaper." And God bless "Big Love", for showing the craziness of this Mormon mentality." It would be a great scene to show Bill Paxton, newly elected congressmen, admitting to an affair with a 15 year old, paying her off to keep silent, killing the story in the Church newspaper, and yet receiving a standing ovation from his peers and slaps on the back. Ayyy. So glad I escaped that false world.

  • Worse than Chicago
    March 13, 2010 8:57 a.m.

    Who'dathunkit? Journalistic skulduggery in Zion.
    I couldn't help compare it to the recent scandal in Chicago over the Lt. Gov. candidate Scott Lee Cohen
    It turns out that after Cohen won the primary all sorts of past criminal activity came to light about him. And he stepped down.
    There are some differences here:
    1) The press reported his transgressions months before, but no one paid any attention.
    2) Cohen made no effort to hide his past, answering reporters' questions fully.
    3) It was only a primary election under party control.
    4) Cohen was never allowed to serve.

    So, congrats. You've out-sleezed Chicago.

    And that goes for the Trib as well since they were also told the story.

    "A man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest."

  • Now What
    March 13, 2010 9:02 a.m.

    What changes are being made at your newspaper? I think you need to let the public know what you will do the next time something like this happens. You as a reporting paper have a responsibility to the community to report these gross behavior action of OUR elected officials. I understand that everyone is not perfect, we all have skeletons, but when people are making decisions that change laws of out state, they need to be exposed for who they really are. You let the community down.

  • Cry Me A River
    March 13, 2010 9:08 a.m.

    So, let me get this straight...all anyone (especially a man in power) needs to do -when having a crime exposed to the public by the Des News and SL Trib- is go into your offices and cry?! And if a woman comes to you trying to help shed some light on the truth...you call her "flaky". I think you owe her a big sincere apology and then one for the community of women you sent this bad message to.
    Power corrupts...ABSOLUTELY.

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2010 9:09 a.m.

    The paper suppresses a story about a political candidate, waiting to see the outcome of the election? Are you kidding me? Protect the boys in power, not the interests of the voters. Don't ever editorialize again about character in public officials as being important to know.

  • GatewayToNevada
    March 13, 2010 9:13 a.m.

    The News attempts to pass this off as "...hot-tubbing in the nude with a 15-year-old..." but if you dig a bit deeper it gets a whole lot more troubling. Garn knew this person years earlier in his church role, that makes her much younger, 12 or 13, when he first took notice of her. Then, she was an "employee" at 15, the time of the incident. But when was she "hired" - 13, 14? And what kind of real job can a 14 or 15 year old do? Not much. Seems Garn had his hot tub encounters planned out long in advance. And in my opinion, he was (and is) a sexual predator.

  • trustworthy
    March 13, 2010 9:25 a.m.

    So what else is the D-News covering up now? How can we ever trust them. Good-bye

  • Ohio Paul
    March 13, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    Every negative thing I read about Utah blames the Mormon Church. Is the Salt Lake Tribune a church run, or republican newspaper? I gather from the comments that the Tribune didn't publish it either. With some experience in journalism, I wouldn't have printed a unsubstantiated article a few days before the election. I would have investigated the disclosure to see if it were true, however. Both newspapers failed their public responsibilities. In Ohio, we have both Republican and Democrat bias newspapers that would have probably done the same thing. And, newspapers that favor certain religious groups. It's the owner's and editor's choice. The public should know of a newspaper's favoritism.

    The public should demand Garn to account for this act. And those who comment, please spell Mormon correctly.

  • Mad Regular Reader
    March 13, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    How could the story have been moot when nobody that was lined up to vote for this snake new the facts?

    This is what happens when a newspaper confuses its roll with a Bishop's roll.

    You guys are to report the news, and the facts you can verify (including doing the leg work to verify background and circumstances regarding a serious claim by a woman.)

    It is the Bishop's roll to take confidential confessions and decide when a past act is moot - it isn't a newspaper's, and I am sickened by your Editor's decisions in the matter.

  • so the paper made a mistake
    March 13, 2010 9:46 a.m.

    because no one's ever done that in their life, right? rep. garn? did any of you calling for editors' resignations or reprimands for reporters even read the story? the woman said she was pitching this story to the tribune, as well. so they knew. you don't think long-time tv reporters like vanocur over at 4 and decker over at 5 or any of ksl's editors didn't know? or other local media, the standard, kued, fox, city weekly? give me a break. yes, deseret was dumb not to follow the story and report. and made a mistake when the editors made their decision. but it wasn't like the mormon paper was the only one in town who knew. everyone else is keeping quiet because they don't want the (rightfully so) backlash associated. think about that.

  • To: your own private idaho
    March 13, 2010 10:04 a.m.

    Of course you care. Otherwise you wouldn't have commented. And i bet you eat potato chips, too.

  • Phil J.
    March 13, 2010 10:22 a.m.

    Plain and simple: Take away the salacious details of this story and Senate Majority Leader Garn has admitted he will circumvent the law for $150,000. Who else will he pay off? How much will it cost to buy his vote? Will he sell political favors ala ABSCAM? Would he hide $90,000 in his freezer like William Jefferson? It's impossible to say, but with this "checkbook mentality" he cannot be trusted to represent Utah.

  • Trowe
    March 13, 2010 10:29 a.m.

    @Monsieur le prof

    You make a good point that there is no 'evidence' that contact occured. She says it did, he says it didn't. Ask yourself, who gets a girl naked behind closed doors and doesn't touch?

    As to a crime, if he got her clothes off and found that sexually gratifying, sex abuse of a child occured (UTCode 76-5-401.1) The code doesn't require contact.

    As for her motives, it appears that she is clearly still traumatized, her life is falling apart (divorce, excommunication, depression) and she's lashing out at the person she blames. Doesn't make her actions honorable, but at least understandable. She is the victim here, not him.

  • Salt Lake News
    March 13, 2010 10:30 a.m.

    This situation proves the difference between Salt Lake Media and National Media. The times, the post...the would have ran that story. No QUESTION about it. At a time when people question the media anyway readers will forever question both the Des News and the SL Trib and think what are the hiding and for whom? Bernick dropped the ball and I guarantee he is regretting not running that story in 02'!!

  • Wow DN
    March 13, 2010 10:35 a.m.

    Fox News is constantly talking about how people no longer report, they have sides and agendas. They talk about how there is a difference between a reporter and a commentator. They say, a reporter needs to report and not let its personal feelings show, a commentator does not have those boundaries, they are not reporters. So there are times of the day when you can watch Fox News and it is news, and there a specific programs where they share their opinions. Deseret News by not reporting showed a side, and sadly it was a side of indecency, how would they even dare to condone such actions? DN you really made a big mistake on this one. Will I stop reading, no, but will I always wonder what other things you are keeping back, yes.

  • Trowe
    March 13, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    @American Citizen.

    Are you saying that criminal actions by a politician shouldn't be scrutized by the public?

    People in glass houses? Politicians knowingly submit themselves to scrutiny. It goes with the job. Garn should resign, and then the legal process should take over.

    I agree that hypocrisy is wrong, and we all make mistakes that we wouldn't want public, but exploiting a minor overwhom you hold a position of authority (employer) while you are married isn't your run-of-the-mill mistake. He knew this was in his closet, and chose to run. He knew the risk, and it came back to bite him. Hopefully all involved can put their lives back together, but I want him putting his life back together after his resignation and apology to the good people of Utah.

  • Paul
    March 13, 2010 10:57 a.m.

    I can't believe this... I used to hold the D. News to a high standard, but your small town mentality and your political bias is obvious. To have had the man in your office, in tears, and to have withheld the story? You have to be joking! The integrity of your entire organization is in doubt due to your refusal to report the story... not to mention the signals you send to other pedophiles that their misdeeds are not worthing of exposure in the Deseret News. You are a news organization and that was news and remains news... you are supposed to be our watchdogs but you failed us, the citizens of Utah.... I'm disgusted with this and will cancel my subscription to D. News immediately.

  • girl3
    March 13, 2010 10:57 a.m.

    One question. After Garn lost the first election, what was to prevent the Deseret News from publishing the story when they then had time to pursue the facts?
    The excuse that it was an old story and not relevant doesn't cut it. Whether he was a public official or not, there was a possible crime against a minor there and by someone prominent. Could have saved all of the grief that so many are going through now. We don't expect our elected leaders to be perfect but if we don't have honesty we don't have trust. Would have been nice for the electorate to know who they were voting for, or prevented him from running the next time.

  • Shocked
    March 13, 2010 11:06 a.m.

    I'm not shocked that the D news knew about this and didn't report it. I'm shocked that they are now admitting that they knew and didn't report it. That a standing ovation was given to his creep is embarassing to the whole state of Utah.

  • Cabot
    March 13, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    never again will i read this paper. She was 15 years old!!! If that was my fifteen year little girl Id go balistic on all who new about this.

  • Robert - St. George
    March 13, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    Are you kidding me????? What is it with the Trib and the saintly Deseret News? You knew about it and didn't report it??? Wow, this is incredible. I don't get it. What is it with religion (the Deseret News is the voice of Mormonism, right?) and their sticking up for their people and trouncing on those with different viewpoints? This is so disturbing. I really am surprised, well maybe I am not.

  • Legislators cheering?
    March 13, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    What was creepy AND what will "hit" the national and worldwide news, is the applause and cheering of the Utah Legislators following Garn's statement.

    The world already thinks Utah is a strange place.

    John Stewart, Steven Colbert, SNL, both the liberal AND the conservative media along with the rest of the world are going to eat this up!

  • Liberty
    March 13, 2010 12:08 p.m.

    Garn just resigned, and so should EVERY Deseret News editor and reporter who was involved in this cover up.

  • Our own Roman Planski
    March 13, 2010 12:14 p.m.

    Garn is our local version of Roman Polanski. The Desert News failed in its duty and made the Church look foolish and hypocritical.

  • let's see
    March 13, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    The SL TRIB was also notified and declined to run the story. Also most of you outraged posters saying 'you won't read the desnews anymore, have never subscribed to the paper before anyway.

  • slclifer
    March 13, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    oh the religious in the valley have a prophecy that the Salt Lake Valley will be one of the most wicked in the last days,,,i guess it starts with the legislature!

  • I guess
    March 13, 2010 12:22 p.m.

    I guess the Deseret News learned quite well from the Pope as told on MSNBC. Keep it secret about pedophiles,don't let others know of these sickos. Or did the Pope learn from them how effective this secret society operates. Talk about the Gadianton Robbers.

  • An Ongoing Pattern
    March 13, 2010 12:51 p.m.

    This isn't the first time our local media has suppressed and failed to report scandalous conduct by an elected official. Recently, another elected official resigned his seat after being caught in the an illicit act with a prostitute. By resigning, it was no longer a "story". It will be interesting to see if this story resurfaces if this person ever runs for office. Who knows how many other situations are not being reported?

  • Cougar Blue
    March 13, 2010 1:20 p.m.

    Vote Republican---it's the party of family values. I've now had my good morning, loud as I can muster, belly laugh. Are the sheeple getting restless? They should be.

  • Justice for whom?
    March 13, 2010 1:21 p.m.

    "It was last-minute – was it coming from the other camp? There wasn't time to verify it," he said. "Should that be the thing on people's minds as they go to the election booth? It's a balancing act that we play every day."

    But in this case, where was the balancing act? He came in, CONFESSED, and cried!! At the very minimum, you, Deseret News, had an obligation to expose this wolf in sheep's clothing when he ran AGAIN, let alone the first time!! I'm also appalled by the blatant sexism in immediately caving in to his crocodile tears while assuming she was "flaky." Is she weird and manipulative? No doubt. But had it occurred to you that her downward spiral perhaps had its beginnings with Kevin Garn's disgusting and manipulative behavior?? If this happened today, he would be labeled a pedophile and listed on the sex offenders registry.

    I'm ashamed of you, Deseret News.

  • FYI
    March 13, 2010 1:25 p.m.

    The Deseret News has done this a lot in other ways, too. I realize that sporting events are not nearly as serious as something like this Garn case. But I've found that if I write pro-Ute, anti-BYU statements, often my comments won't get published. Yet, others can write similar comments, only theirs are pro-BYU, anti-Ute, and they always get published, including the blatantly offensive ones.

    We all know that the Deseret News is owned, or at least, affiliated with the LDS Church. But you need to be fair in your news reporting. This also extends to comments that readers write in to your online articles.

  • FROM VIRGINIA
    March 13, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    It was a cover-up by the DNews...the question is why and who pulled strings. An investigation is warranted. The pursuit of the John Edwards story about his "mistressing" around while running for the Democratic nomination for President is an example why the National Enquirer--unbelievably--is gaining stature while other papers--including this one--engage in censorship (or was it partisanship?) and loose credibility.

  • OUCH!!!
    March 13, 2010 1:53 p.m.

    Yes, the Deseret News is indeed taking quite a few lumps, on these comment boards, that is!!!!

  • Gary
    March 13, 2010 2:05 p.m.

    Yes, the Deseret News was at fault. Maybe the intentions at the time were "noble," but it makes the newspaper come across as definitely bias toward the "majority party" and hurts your credibility.
    It was a mistake on your part.

  • brerabbit
    March 13, 2010 2:14 p.m.

    What am I missing here? At 15 one who is mentally stable knows right from wrong. I would ask (if she was my daughter) why this crime wasn't reported for 25 years. Starting to sound more and more like an opportunitst as more information comes to light. No one need think I hold Mr Garn in any regard or not guilty of wrong doing here but there has been more than one crime, selfish act and a bushel full of secrets in this event.

  • Disgusted at DN
    March 13, 2010 2:14 p.m.

    Shouldn't someone investigate the Deseret News as to whether they are complicit in covering up a possible criminal case?

    At best this is journalistic malfeasance.

    The editor should be hauled into the cop shop for questioning in regard to what he knew and just when he knew it.

    There is wrong and right...and journalistic integrity is about clearing up that fine line which separates the two and becomes ever so blurry in the throes of the human dynamic..

    What the Deseret News had done - drop the story. Is unacceptable by any measure and the editor needs to understand that...period

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2010 2:15 p.m.

    Come on folks! I'm saddened that something that old would still be news. The News did the right thing and didn't play into the hands of an extortionist. How many times have unidentified parties claimed wrong-doing by a candidate at such a late date that the candidate has no time (or money in most cases) to reserve an ad which gets out the truth. News is news, not the entertainment most of the above would have us believe is appropriate today. Ask yourself this question, are you better informed today about national and geopolitical events than you were before this story ran. I salute Jerry Spangler for being a newsman that knew the difference between being informed and being entertained. BTW, this has nothing to do with party affiliations.

  • Dear D News:
    March 13, 2010 2:18 p.m.

    I'm an active Mormon which is your target demographic. The Trib infuriates me on a regular basis. I don't buy newspapers, and the primary justification for your existence is to do a public good by reporting exactly this type of story. You failed, and your excuses are worthless. At least you could apologize. Doesn't stop you from becoming irrelevant, and if it wasn't for the church propping you up, you would have been bankrupt already. You failed to report an important story, and for that you will suffer the punishment of irrelevance. You've broken the public trust, which is the only thing an organization like yours can survive on. Hopefully the age of the Internet and blogosphere will do a better job than you did. Good riddance.

  • Oh, so wonderful
    March 13, 2010 2:20 p.m.

    The stuffed shirts like Garn, support one another. They hug and cry and give each other a slap on the back from their fellow stuffed shirts, and then go back to do the same old garbage all over again.

  • Flakey
    March 13, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    So, let me understand the editor/reporter view; Young woman tells reporter of sexual misconduct by potential state legislator, said candidate admits story to editor (crying). Now says, couldn't run story cause woman was "flakey."

    "Flakey" & criminal would be a more accurate description for the editors decision to not run story. If it had been my 15 yr old daughter who had told you this story and you buried it, I would have found you and...

  • Disgusted
    March 13, 2010 2:31 p.m.

    The Deseret Morning News broke the law by not reporting the sexual encounter that was reported to them by the perp. Take the punishment for breaking the law and then start reporting the news accurately and honestly

  • ohdear
    March 13, 2010 2:50 p.m.

    Hypocrites. He lied to fine, well socially connected friends (who may share similar guilt?). So, what is new?

  • @ anonymous
    March 13, 2010 3:00 p.m.

    I'm disappointed in the fact that you fail to understand or appreciate the gravity of the extent to which this story was covered up by both Former State Sen. Garn as well as the Deseret News.

    This is serious as it strikes at the core of the public trust, this is not entertainment, son.

  • Jennie Richards
    March 13, 2010 3:36 p.m.

    Sean Hannity likes to say "journalism is dead". That's an outrageous thing to say, especially when Hannity can barely refrain from bouncing off his seat when the New York Times dug up all the Gov. Patterson allegations.

    However, in Utah journalism must be dead. Deseret News is in bed with the LDS church and they have been for generations.

  • bored
    March 13, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    Funny how republicans and their conservative talk show cronies are always berating so called "mainstream media" as being protective of democrats and their agenda.How's that for hypocracy!

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    It is a sorry state when one act of initial serious indiscretion perpertrates so many more and ignites all manner of speculation,opinion and bias. Open disclosure and honesty always does prevail and shape what we all have to react to and deal with. It might be wise to consider that we each have to be accountable for our decisions including our opinions and accept that 'leadership', governmental or otherwise, is generally no less human or fallible than ourselves. Be kind, tolerant, understanding but foremost personally forthright,responsible and accountable. Only then can we expect and hold others to that same standard.
    Politics and political leadership is only as strong, as the saying goes, as it weakest link; let's ensure it isn't you or I.

  • Suresh
    March 13, 2010 3:52 p.m.

    Your editor needs to be sacked!

  • Jackson
    March 13, 2010 4:09 p.m.

    You know what? Could it be that 28yo Garn was tempted, got in the hot tub with her, and then realized he was making a HUGE mistake? Got out and that was that. There apparently was no sexual contact from his comments.

    This isn't a jail-able offense. Inappropriate? Absolutely, but not jail-able.

    He should step down, but the DN did the right thing by not running a story where the seriousness of what happened has neither been confessed to nor admitted to this day. As far as we know, it ended there.


  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2010 4:12 p.m.

    Unbeleivable! Clothed Mormon Muffins gets you excommunicated and your BYU degree taken away while the actions of Garn and those involved in the cover up at the D-news, which do much greater harm to Mormonism with their actions get what? Nothing that's what.

  • Goodbye Dnews
    March 13, 2010 4:29 p.m.

    Time to swtich over to the CENSORED CENSORED Tribune!

  • Selective memory?
    March 13, 2010 4:29 p.m.

    "Hall, who is still managing editor, said he does not dispute Spangler's version of what happened. While he can't remember it, he also says he thinks the right call was made."

  • Your turn, DN
    March 13, 2010 4:36 p.m.

    It is clear that all the appropriate resignations are not restricted to politicians. Step up, Hall, Bernick, and Hughes. You have betrayed us all.

  • Hey, Jackson...
    March 13, 2010 4:42 p.m.

    I think JAILABLE! She was a minor! It is at least indecent exposure and don't pull the HE WAS TEMPTED lame card! He was the adult!!!! How many arrests are needed before people realize the adult will and should be charged!

    A real adult walks away from "temptation." He wasn't tempted. He was grooming her for abuse!

    Signed,
    A mom who is furious with all the baloney about it being the underaged girl's fault!

  • I'm sorry...
    March 13, 2010 4:54 p.m.

    but I have to side with the DesNews totally on this one. They would be reporting "gossip." If there had been a police report filed, if there had been a complaint issued then it would have substantiated the story. This girl (now woman...who her own ex-husband has called crazy) should have been (and should be) talking to the police not the paper. In a crime like this (sexual abuse of minors) there is no statute of limitations...why hasn't the criminal court acted? For the same reason the paper didn't!

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    Jackson, how do you rationalize the $150,000 dollar payoff? Nothing happened but he realized it was a huge mistake so he quietly paid her $150,000 dollars? Funny, funny stuff.

  • Cheap Paper
    March 13, 2010 5:03 p.m.

    They did not run it before the election so people would not vote thinking about that? Meaning if he would've won they would've then?

  • Feeding Frenzy
    March 13, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    As an out-of-stater, it is really interesting to read the comments. Most of you commenting justify your own political bias or religious bigotry by castigating the Mormon religion and Republican party because one guy chooses to go against the philosophies to which he has affiliated himself. Out of compassion for the man (albeit ill-advised) DNews made the mistake of not running the story in '02. Out of sympathy and respect for the man, his family, and his legislative accomplishments, Garn's colleagues applauded the courage to confess and do the right thing by resigning. You know darn well that neither the Mormon Church nor the GOP condone his past indiscretions. So quit the childish generalizations--'since this man was bad, the whole Mormon church is bad' and 'because this man is a hypocrite, all conservatives or Republicans are hypocrites.' The hatred in this state is very palpable.

  • RE: I'm sorry...
    March 13, 2010 5:22 p.m.

    Hey, I'm sorry you don't get it. He made a contract to try to keep it quiet. That to me is a pretty big admission of guilt. Who would pay money if there was nothing to hide? The DNews let it all go. Why?

  • 4th Branch
    March 13, 2010 5:22 p.m.

    There is a reason we have freedom of the press- they are to be fre to assist us the voting public know what is going on since we may not have the time or resources to look around as much as we might like- hence the designation the designation fourth branch of government- they should be independent and capable of providing the people with info they otherwise could not get- thanks DN for helping democracy by covering up and deciding for yourself what we should hear- democracy is better for your efforts- as for me you have lost my trust and I will look elsewhere and hope others wiull do the same- a little financial loss may help you rethink your role as a constitutional player in this thing we call democarcy

  • @4:54
    March 13, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    None of your criteria for this issue not being 'gossip' have been met and yet you are posting on a story in the D-news. The irony...oh the irony.

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2010 5:40 p.m.

    Disagree entirely mr. feeding frenzy. It is not an isolated incidence, it is systemic misinformation by those in power. It is a standing ovation by your government for admitting that you have conducted yourself in a sexual manner that lands others in jail and on a list. Count yourself lucky that you are an out-of-stater.

  • Jerry Costley
    March 13, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    When I ran prison groups I told the inmates that often it's not the crime its the status of the person who committed it. That certainly seems to be the case here. Many individuals who committed similar acts 17 years previous are still on sex offender registries because we believe we have a current need to know what the people living next door have done. Apparently we have no such need to know what our elected representatives have done. I'm sorry, but this smells of a "good old boys" cover up and brings any confidence in elected officials or the fourth estates is at an all time low at this point.

    I would also add, even if you consider the source to be "flaky" how much credibility do you need when the perpetrator confesses?

    Finally, I feel there is something very wrong when the perpetrator of a sex crime (which, from the descriptions this clearly was) is given a standing ovation for confessing just ahead of being "outed" while the victim is vilified. Make no mistake, no matter how you feel about someone as an adult, they were a victim at age 15.

  • RE: I'm sorry 4:54
    March 13, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    Once Garn confessed to the reporter & editors of the DesNews in 2002, they had a legal obligation to report what happened. If you have knowledge of sexual exploitation of a minor - including indecent exposure - and you withhold that information, YOU have committed a crime. Also, the acknowledged part of the story tells us that Garn, in addition to taking her into a no-tell commercial hot-tub rental establishment (pay for a private room by the hour!), he also bought her alcohol. Thanks to Garn and the Republican majority, that in itself is darn near a capital offense in Utah.

    He took a minor, who trusted him because of TWO levels of authority (as her religious mentor and as her boss at work), liquored her up and got her naked. And I'm supposed to believe that then they just sat and talked? Really?

  • He kept calling back...
    March 13, 2010 6:27 p.m.

    Garn kept calling back to see if it would come up and you never thought this odd? You didn't see it as a possible crime? If he was simply hot-tubbing with a consentual adult, would he need to be worried about a news story?

    AS A PARENT, I DESPISE YOUR SILENCE, DESERET NEWS!

  • he confessed
    March 13, 2010 6:55 p.m.

    PROSECUTE HIM FOR SEX ABUSE OF A MINOR. NOW.

  • Bernick's Bias
    March 13, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    You have a US Congressional candidate in your office crying and you don't remember it? I don't buy it.

    It's more likely these Desnews reporters and editors were hoping Garn would win and then they'd blow him out of the water and give the election to the Democrat and they would sell a bunch of newspapers.

    If I recall Dan Jones did a poll for the Desnews just days before the 2002 Primary election showing it a close race between Bishop and Garn, 39 to 35 and within the margin of error.

    Bernick should resign.

  • DesNews
    March 13, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    You cannot use the argument that it was too close to the election to report. If it had been anything newsworthy, even the night of printing, you would have stopped the presses and reported in order to scoop other news organizations.

    Your readers are not stupid. Please do not treat us as though we are. Admit your mistake and move on.

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    The Deseret News is owned by the LDS Church so, why wouldn't the Deseret News reflect LDS Church values? Let's read a bout Chicago politics or Mitt waffling.

  • Additional Information in NH
    March 13, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    There is more information to this whole story that other parties have withheld for good reasons including the actions/behaviors of Ms Maher.

    I have now read the whole set of comments from each article from both newspapers. The articles are reasonable and cover the surface stuff. Yes, it is sad. The average commenter...is clueless. But knowing what has happened between these two parties is paramount in understanding these more recent events. There are clues in the articles but the news reporters are not likely to press any further...and that's probably okay.

    I'm much more afraid of what is happening on the national level with the complacency of the news media. Most of the comments here are connected to the cultural issues and biases of SLC and Utah and do little to resolve any damage on the large scale.

  • To- 8:19 p.m.
    March 13, 2010 9:00 p.m.

    What church values are you talking about, Brigham Young's?

  • NBoyd
    March 13, 2010 9:02 p.m.

    What a sad commentary on our society...particularly from a religious society...when is it EVER o.k. to be sexual with a 15 year old? No matter how much time has gone by since then, is it o.k. to pretend it didn't matter?

  • Deep Throat
    March 13, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    There is at least one independent newspaper in Utah that wouldn't have sat on the Garn story like the D-News, the Standard-Examiner in Ogden

  • John Pack Lambert
    March 13, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    The story is more complexed than it might seem at first.
    To keep it in perspective we have to remember the full context of the time. On June 5th, 2002 Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped. This was the most gripping story in Utah at the time.
    The race for the 1st Congressional District Republican nomination was overshadowed. beyound this it was widely believed that the Suprme Court would rule in favor of Utah getting a fourth congressional district. Many felt that the June primaries would be irrelevant.
    On Wednesday, June 19th, 2002 Spangler ran his laudatory article on Garn, telling of his growing up with divorced parents, his beganings as a high school busnessman, how in high school "he didn't chase girls much", his mission in Uruguay and Argentina, his saying he "filed" in 1990 and his brother-in-law at first thinking he meant filed for a divorce, and his election to the state legislature that year and later rise.
    That was six days before the election. The election was the coming Tuesday.
    On a related note I do not believe Kevin Garn has ever served as an LDS stake president.

  • John Pack Lambert
    March 13, 2010 9:59 p.m.

    One of the odder claims is that Garn comes from a "politically well connected family".
    Just because there are other Garns does not mean they are his close relatives. He is not a son of Jake Garn, and I would not be surprised if their last common ancestor died in the 19th century if not earlier.
    Garn's parents divorced when he was eight, and his family stuggled to survive on his mother's meagre income. This really makes us wonder why he did such stupid things later after he married.
    Still, my searches so far have revealed very little about Garn's private life. One of the things that I would say about Utah papers is on the whole they tell us less of the religion of candidates than do papers in other places.

  • Utahmtnman
    March 13, 2010 10:05 p.m.

    Albeit belatedly, it is examplary that the Paper finally laid out all the facts--the good, the bad, the ugly. The article names people responsible for the decisions; it seems they didn't hold anything back in the article. The headline is self-depricating if not incriminating. Why don't we see anything like that from the other Salt Lake paper Ms. Maher said she sent her story to? If they didn't receive the story, as the victim alleges, then at least they should say so. If they did, then they should fes up as well!

  • Bad, Bad, Bad
    March 13, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    Hello! J.P.Lambert, "PLEASE" Go to bed you need your rest big boy. Deseret News is going to jail on this one..lol!

  • Frank Lockwood
    March 13, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    Let me get this straight. Deseret News editors say they decided not to print Garn's CONFESSION in 2002 because his accuser was flaky?

    As a newspaper reporter and editor for the past 15 years, I'm really amazed that they'd offer that defense with a straight face...

  • What a mess!
    March 13, 2010 11:41 p.m.

    Deseret News,
    We have Mitt making strong sensible statements, but its Garn's acts that are getting nationwide headlines--Mormon Republican tells of naked hottubbing with underaged girl and fellow legislature applaud.
    Why did you not report this when you were contacted by the woman or at least when Garn called each election and said, "Is there any talk about me?"

    This could come back to bite Mormon Republicans big time!

  • BostonCougar
    March 14, 2010 12:32 a.m.

    Anyone still defending the choice should be terminated. Those who made the poor decision to not run the story should also be terminated.

  • To Des-News
    March 14, 2010 12:41 a.m.

    WHY! WHY! WHY! ME :-O

  • Have you noticed?
    March 14, 2010 3:45 a.m.

    Hey...have you guys noticed that this story and its corresponding comment board is no longer apart of the "top story" headlines when first arriving to the Deseret News web page?

    Interesting that this story has over 136 comments, yet it isn't listed as one of the top stories...

  • thats all
    March 14, 2010 3:56 a.m.

    Fully knowing about this incident — including Garn’s admission — and choosing not to report it, puts the DesNews in a camp I won’t support in any form. The young lady was “flaky?” The incident was “no longer news?” These are attitudes that perpetuate the secrecy of sex abuse.
    You made a call and still think it was the right one? My decision will be to not read the DesNews again.

  • The Rock
    March 14, 2010 10:39 a.m.

    Let's think this thing through...

    If Bishop wins the primary the story is mute. If Garn wins, the story comes out and the Democrat wins.

    Better to come out with the story in the primary and still allow the voters to make the choice.

    When Garn lost the DN should have told Garn to keep out of politics or they could be compelled to come out with the story.

    They victim could have gone to Garn's political opponent and bypassed the media altogether.

  • I'm with Boston Cougar
    March 14, 2010 12:42 p.m.

    Those who defend the choice to suppress the story or never reported it need to go.

  • Taking lumps
    March 14, 2010 12:54 p.m.

    Do you want to just "take lumps" or thoroughly investigating the chain that kept the story quiet?

  • Sit on it still or new articles
    March 14, 2010 12:59 p.m.

    If you decide on action rather than to just sit back and let the news come to you, you could run an article what acts consitute charges in sex related crimes. Some definitions could enlighten the public.

  • Another possible article...
    March 14, 2010 1:02 p.m.

    Utahns seem to need to be educated about reporting abuse. How about an article on that?

  • Why another name?
    March 14, 2010 1:09 p.m.

    Deseret News,
    You didn't report this when it was one person, but in your article, "Utah Rep. Kevin Garn Resigns," you name a second possible Garn victim. However, it doesn't seem you have a confirmed source, yet. Now it seems a double standard. The first reports and a $150,000 payout wasn't news, but a second name will now make the pages?

  • Lumps & hard to prove article...
    March 14, 2010 1:21 p.m.

    I'd like a follow up article with some basics on what possible charges could come to bear that may be "hard to prove." Is the money in some way extortion or was it a bribe and witness tampering? If it was tampering, who could be charged?

  • I question you title ....
    March 14, 2010 1:32 p.m.

    Takes lumps sounds like eating poorly made food. How about "Ethics Experts on D News Garn Non-Report"

  • Bernick's Motives
    March 14, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    Why would Bernick put it off on the victim when the perpetrator can't let it go? Garn kept calling? Whose stability should he have questioned?

  • Thanks JP Lambert @ 9:54
    March 14, 2010 2:01 p.m.

    I appreciate your information and perspective. Spangler ran an article of adulation on Garn and all of this became a moot point. Interesting.

  • Disagree Bernick's Bias 7:34
    March 14, 2010 2:16 p.m.

    Bernick's Bias I disagree with the idea that they would have printed it, even if Garn would have won the primary. I think they kept it quiet to ensure a Republican in the US House. Democrats frighten Utahns. Any report about a Republican with an underage girl might skew an election.

  • Dave B.
    March 14, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    He "confessed" and the Dnews didn't think it news worthy?? How many people did he pay money to???

  • To Dave B.
    March 14, 2010 2:26 p.m.

    You mean how many people at the Dereset News did he pay money to, right?

  • $$$ vs favors
    March 14, 2010 2:33 p.m.

    I go with the DNews might have received political favors from Garn. Money to them would have been too obvious.

  • LuVpacifica, Affair with a Minor
    March 14, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    JAILBAIT!
    She was a minor
    under 18)
    He opens the Door
    of his own past

  • Wordsmith
    March 14, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    Garn is very good with words. Perhaps that is why you didn't report it before. Maybe you were sold by his wording the way the legistlature was.

  • @Feeding Frenzy
    March 14, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    Utah resembles an oligarchy, where political, religious and economic power is concentrated in a group that protects itself. Deseret News and the other major paper are also part of this oligarchy.

    Garn was a leader of the "moral party" in Utah, and also a leader in the LDS Church. Garn went out of his way to denounce gays and others for moral lapses. All the while, Garn was involved in an extortion (illegal for both parties) based on sexual harassment of a minor employee who is also his student in Sunday School.

    In Utah it's not about hate, it's about holier-than-thou hypocrisy that breeds contempt.

  • Bobby
    March 14, 2010 4:22 p.m.

    You can run but you cannot hide.

  • Re:@Feeding Frenzy
    March 14, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    Hate/contempt--same thing. No one (Mormon or non-Mormon) denies Garn is a hypocrite. No one denies DNews made a big mistake. But to make the connection like i posted earlier that "because Garn is a hypocrite, then all Mormons are hypocrites," is just ridiculous. The LDS Church does not condone his actions and they never will.
    Maybe the Church's "morality" has some influence in Utah politics, but not practicing what you preach is an INDIVIDUAL problem not an indictment on the whole church or its teachings. You may be frustrated by being among the political minority, but that predicament is not peculiar to Utah--it's everywhere.

  • Troubling . . . .
    March 14, 2010 11:44 p.m.

    Having been a DNEWS reader for 30 years I am so disappointed in finding out that "they" feel "they" need to protect the reader before they go into the voting booth. I don't even live in Garn's district, but I DON'T NEED ANYONE THINKING I CAN'T handle the facts. That's the newspapers role to tell us Who, What, When, Where and How! They don't need to do anything else. The editors sudden "forgetfulness" as to the incident is troubling also. Not sure how much longer I can afford to support a newspaper who feels I'm so unintelligent I can't take the news and figure out then what to do.

  • @ Troubling....
    March 15, 2010 12:00 a.m.

    I agree, seems people need to start being a bit more honest around these old neck of the woods. Too much lying, deceit and sneaky stuff being swept under a very dirty carpet.

  • Mark Herriott
    March 15, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    I wonder if Cheryl was the only one who got paid off? Talk about cover-up journalism, here's a great example. This type of selective reporting is not what journalism is about and is a huge disservice to the people of Utah.

  • @Mark Herriott
    March 15, 2010 10:29 a.m.

    Welcome to Utah, where the LDS elite protect each other by any means necessary.

  • shocked at Des News
    March 15, 2010 11:39 a.m.

    I always knew that reporters and politicians scratch each others backs, and that it goes with the job. But I never imagined that a respectable newspaper would sit on a politician's confession of infidelity, indecency and submitting to extortion.

    All along the Des News knew that the majority leader in the Utah house was at best a hypocrite, and at worse a party to extortion and child abuse. Why on earth would hush up such serious allegations that were confessed by Garn to your editors?

  • DNews Complicit
    March 15, 2010 3:34 p.m.

    I want to point out that in the state of Utah; we have a reporting law, that is covered under House Bill 265. In addition to protecting minors from abuse this law also legally requires the reporting of known incidents of child abuse. In addition, Title 62A, Chapter 4a, Section 411 states that “any person, official, or institution required to report a case of suspected abuse,… who willfully fails to do so is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.” I understand that the greater "sin" is with Mr. Garn here, but, in this instance, I am wondering if the Deseret News, which obviously learned of this act of child sexual abuse some years ago, is not also legally culpable, under our state laws, for failure to take action by reporting Mr. Garn to appropriate authorities. I am very saddened to think that a newspaper that I have trusted and read for 30+ years could be complicit in hiding the actions of an admitted child abuser, choosing it seems political expediency over a much greater moral right as well as the legal rights of the victim.

  • schreinervideo
    March 15, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    I was a professional journalist for 30+ years. For them to defend their decision as the "right choice then... and now" is inexcusable. Obviously, it was a mistake not to do the story then. And the way they're handling it right now is not much better.

  • Outraged!
    March 15, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    I am outraged! Where is the accountability? Let us hold out elected officials and news media to the same standard that we are held to. Enough of this Hypocrisy for crying out loud! WE NEED TO ACT SWIFTLY on this! We demand accountability!

  • Flaky
    March 16, 2010 11:19 a.m.

    And now they've published a story attacking Maher's credibility, extensively quoting her ex husband. They're attacking the victim in order to justify covering this up in 2002. I agree we need to demand accountability from the DesNews editors!

  • Wondering
    March 16, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    So let's see if I get this right. First they don't publish the story because they don't want to influence the election. Then after the guy loses election they don't publish the story because it doesn't matter. If that isn't a mental and ethical short-circuit, I don't know what is, except maybe the Utah legislature giving a standing ovation to a man who as a married, 30 year old adult went nude hot-tubbing with a disturbed 15 year old daughter of his business partner, and oh, yeah, he had been her Sunday School teacher at church, too. Yep, clap away. And once again the Deseret News proves it is scared of the public knowing the facts. Well, at least it did not take $150,000 to keep the "free" press at Des-News quiet.

  • charlie
    March 16, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    Everyone know there are lots of secrets..it's only a matter of time until they are all divulged.

  • They can't remember?
    March 17, 2010 8:29 a.m.

    Garn comes in crying crocodile tears about being in a hot tub nude with a 15 year-old and 17 years later they can't remember it? What else have they conveniently forgot?

    Shame on the Desecrated News!