Getting an unusual play in print and broadcast media over several days at year end and into the new year was the focus on a single singer who quit the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir because she does not want to participate at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, notes Grumpy Editor.
Jan Chamberlin posted her resignation letter to choir leaders on her Facebook page, writing that by performing at the Jan. 20 inaugural, the choir will appear to be "endorsing tyranny and fascism."
Yet no comments were sought from any of the other 359 members going to Washington to sing.
Coverage was extended when retiring Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.) jumped into the fray, issuing a statement to The Salt Lake Tribune that he admires people like Chamberlin who "reject tyranny and fascism and do what they can to stand up for what is right."
As one of the oldest and largest choirs in the world, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has performed before presidents over the years.
The choir has sold millions of records, won scores of awards and enthralled audiences in more than two dozen countries.
Based in Salt Lake City, the choir --- which practices and performs weekly --- is composed of volunteers, age 25 to 60, all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
In zeroing in on the one choir member, much of U.S. media missed North Korea leader Kim Jong Un trumpeting his country was in the “last stage” of preparations to test fire an inter-continental ballistic missile.
Kim, in a New Year address, hinted at progress in developing the ICBM while outlining his regime’s military achievements over the past year.
Bloomberg reported Cheong Seong-chang, a North Korea analyst at the Sejong Institute near Seoul, said the regime may test a missile before Kim’s birthday on Sunday or Trump’s inauguration.
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