Gov. Gary Herbert Implies Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon Would End Seminary.
"Now, the governor is saying Corroon's call for tougher graduation requirements would force students to give up elective arts classes and release time to attend religious instruction in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"I don't know that everybody in Utah is going to think that's a good idea to give up art and seminary release time to have this more rigorous curriculum," Herbert said during the taping of his monthly news conference on KUED Channel 7.
Corroon, who recently unveiled a plan to improve public schools, said he supports allowing students to attend seminary during the school day, and that increasing the number of credits required for graduation from 18 to 22 would not prevent them from doing so."
Exemplified here is an example of “spun” politics. Corroon is an active Roman Catholic within the community, who sends his children to parochial school - a fact that has little to nothing to do with his campaign as well as being a public official. Herbert has always been disgruntled with this fact, believing that if Corroon was a true representative of the state he would choose to send his children to state funded schools (Herbert fails to mention that former Governor Huntsman chose to send his children to parochial schools). It was with these comments that Herbert began to drive a stake between potential voters and Corroon.
Herbert also began to create a sense of disparity between Corroon and the LDS church with the above mentioned comment. Because the LDS church is a dominant force behind many Utah voters, Herbert created a figure who A. Sends his children to parochial school because he does not even believe that the system in which he wishes to represent is good enough for his kids and B. He does not believe seminary, an LDS program, serves any right in a students day. None of this is true but Herbert through artful wording has spun this candidate, and for some voters their ballots.
I came across this piece of information in the Salt Lake Tribune earlier and was struck by Herbert's reasoning, far before the study of spun advertisements. I googled ‘Corroon and Seminary’ and liked the wording used in the Desert News.