Sunday, February 12, 2017

Doing What the Media Does Best

I might be making myself unpopular with some when I state I have little respect for the media. To me they do one thing good, which is to embellish the facts. One merely has to listen to the same story aired on CNN as opposed to FOX to realize that someone, and most likely both, are not reporting the story correctly. I doubt this is just a U.S. issue, I'm sure it's like a cancer that has spread throughout the world.  It’s because of this that I ignore the news and quit subscribing to the newspaper years ago. Embellishing the facts has never changed through the ages. It was in large part because of the press misrepresentation of the LDS Church that we were persecuted as severely as we were. In 1857, when there were only 55,000 members of the church in the world, the New York Times erroneously reported that the LDS church had how many spies throughout the country?
a.                  56,000
b.                  100,000
c.                   200,000
d.                  54,999
Yesterday’s answer:
(B)   One of her children
The first railway locomotive hauled the first cars over the Bear River bridge and into Corinne on April 7, 1869. About a month after the Golden Spike was driven at Promontory Summit, and a bright future was predicted for Corinne.  
   With this rapid development it was evident that some sort of government was necessary, and a temporary city government was organized, with General A. J. Williamson, land agent for the railroad, serving as mayor. To him is also given credit for the naming of the new community. There are several versions of this, but the most plausible appears to be that the town was named after an enchanting actress of the early days who delighted the citizens with her talent—Corinne La Vaunt.
   Later Mrs. Williamson gave birth to a daughter who was also named Corinne. An interesting story is told that the Indians admired little Corinne Williamson and offered to buy her from her parents. They offered up to fifty ponies and many blankets for her. The mother hearing that the Indians wanted the child’s golden locks and fearing that they might steal her, clipped her hair and gave it to the warriors. In return, they presented her with a golden thimble, thus ending the incident.

Lesson Committee, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Printing Company, 1995), 6:244.

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