The Deseret News has raised some eyebrows with its decision to make the sitting mayor of Utah's second-largest city a columnist. West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder is apparently excited about this new platform to share his great ideas, which include the recent establishment of L. Ron Hubbard Centennial Day.
Journos at the Deseret News are clearly a little queasy with the new arrangement, as evidenced by the fact that CEO Clark Gilbert felt the need to issue a staff memojustifying the move. In his note, Gilbert pointed to the precedent of the Washington Post, which allows religious leaders column space in the “On Faith” section. Of course, Gilbert overlooked a much apter precedent in our own backyard: the decision by the San Francisco Chronicle to run a regular column by ex-mayor Willie Brown.