Friday, September 19, 2008

Utah's 15 Minutes

[TV News] ABC News and USA Today are doing a "50 States in 50 Days" report leading up to the presidential election. On Sunday, Sept. 21, Utah gets its time on World News Sunday (airing on ABC4 at 5:30 p.m.) when Brian Rooney travels to Price to report on natural gas drilling in Nine Mile Canyon.

That's all well and good, but I guess that also means Utah's quirky political cards (a Mormon in the White House?) have officially played out. No Charlie Gibson/Diane Sawyer probing interviews as to why Gov. Huntsman jumped on the McCain bandwagon before it was politically expedient to do so, or how Utahns are supporting or rallying against the upcoming California marriage amendment or even how Utah created a political opportunist and strategist like Karl Rove (old news, I know, but I never tire of it).

The Utah angle is that of us being just a plain old Western state with oil shale to exploit and what "Drill, baby, drill" is doing or will do to us. Important, yes, but not too imaginative.

Probably oughta watch it. Many of us don't know near enough about Nine Mile Canyon. (Jerre Wroble)

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