Been to lds.org lately? The newsroom has added a highly amusing section, called “Mistakes in the News“, where the Church p.r. department provides rebuttals and corrections to news articles it considers erroneous. Some hot-button issues in there — MMM, Utah Theocracy, DNA evidence of the Book of Mormon… makes for a fun read! The level of aggressiveness in some of the replies is surprising to those who associate the public persona of the Church with a demure and passive quality. Check out this reply to an article in that anchor of newsmaking, The Scotsman: “Another religious leader was charged with sedition and blasphemy and portrayed as a drunkard and troublemaker. His name was Jesus Christ. These assertions were no better founded than your accusations against Joseph Smith.” Wowza.
Incidentally, does anybody know what the threshold popularity level is for generating this kind of response? I doubt they’d put up anything to correct the occasional heresy in the Bloggernacle.