(A summary of my feelings on the matter and the catalyst for submitting the letter can be found here.)
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I would like to submit the following for publication in Bloomberg Businessweek as a Letter to the Editor. I am deeply offended and would be appreciative if your publication could present my point of view in its fullness. I would be happy to discuss the issue with you should you have any questions.
Name: Kurt Manwaring
Address: Taylorsville, UT
As a businessman and a Mormon, I would like to express my displeasure with Caroline Winter’s article, “How the Mormons Make Money,” and the associated illustration on the magazine’s cover.Winter constantly makes use of claims that are objectively inaccurate as well as claims which are misleading. I assume the number of inaccuracies in the article is indicative of Winter’s ignorance of the topic rather than a violation of journalistic ethics in which the author knowingly creates and uses misrepresentations in order to strengthen the viability of her overall assumptions. In either case, whether the author went to press without receiving editing support or knowingly misrepresented numerous facts, the article and the magazine’s cover are unworthy of any professional periodical, let alone one with the prestige of Bloomberg Businessweek.As a Mormon, the magazine’s cover and the author’s feature filled me with regret there exist still a few media outlets that feel it is acceptable to mock the religious beliefs of others. As a businessman, I am both disappointed and surprised at the sheer number of inaccuracies in the piece. Especially given the fact The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides the media with resource materials to ensure the accurate use of facts (http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/), it will be challenging to read future articles by Winter without questioning the accuracy of her “facts.”I think it is unfortunate an article and magazine cover could fall so dramatically below the traditionally high standards of Bloomberg Businessweek.Kurt Manwaring, Taylorsville, Utah