https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/03/obit ... -dies.html
The basic complaint is that the NYT used the obituary as a platform to renew complaints against the Church. For example, in TSM's obituary, the writer stated:
Yet, while the first sentence is about TSM, the second is not about him at all and only serves to remind the reader that the Church has historical issues.Mr. Monson displayed a new openness to scholars of Mormonism, ... allowing them remarkable access to church records. But as rising numbers of church members and critics joined the internet’s free-for-all culture of debate and exposé, his church was confronted with troubling inconsistencies in Mormon history and Scripture.
Later, the article points to
To which it says that TSM's response was not to bend. Yet, TSM didn't create the movement/demonstrations or really have anything to do with them other than to ignore. So, again, it is only obliquely related to TSM, but is used in his own obituary to remind the reader of the movement/demonstrations and the issue within the Church. Nowhere does the article mention the organizational changes enacted by TSM to include women in the top councils of the Church....weathering demonstrations at church headquarters by Mormon women pleading for the right to be ordained as priests.
Now, there's an online petition asking the NYT to rewrite the obituary... detailed in this HuffPost article:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/york-times-r ... 37422.html
I'm not promoting or planning to sign the petition... I merely bring it up as part of this story. But I have to say, I found the 'obituary' to be pretty wrong-toned. I lament greatly that in our current world, no person with whom we disagree is safe from attack... apparently, not even in their obituary.