Amount of 'Mormon' coverage totals thousands of articles this year

When you spend much time studying coverage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its relationship with the news media, you quickly realize that the church has always been in the news.

The coming forth of the Book of Mormon was reported on — in mocking tones — by a newspaper in Palmyra, N.Y., before it was even published.

A couple of years later, the great 19th century journalist James Gordon Bennett traveled up the Erie Canal to Palmyra and implied that church members, who had just moved as a group to Kirtland, Ohio, were already well-known. Membership numbered in the hundreds when Bennett wrote.

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