The End of Endorsements

Friday, October 19, 2012


If you read the local paper in Boston, Denver, or Sacramento, soon you’re likely to see endorsements for candidates cropping up on the editorial page. But if you get your news in Atlanta, Chicago, or Tuscaloosa, you probably won’t. In recent years, papers in these cities have gotten out of the endorsement business. Bob talks to Kevin Riley, editor of Georgia's largest newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, about his paper's decision to end editorial endorsements.

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Comments [4]

Mark H. from Amarillo, Texas

This interview didn't tell me whether the Journal-Constitution still writes editorials on topics other than candidate endorsements. I'm guessing that they do. So, why is it OK to endorse a particular public policy, but endorsing a candidate who would enact that policy is not OK? I think the Journal-Constitution is pandering - quite successfully, by the sound of it - to the contemporary brand of know-nothingism that rails against "all" politicians (except for the ones that deny being politicians). Let's hope that local papers' opinion pages continue to provide the public service of editorializing on all topics vital to the public good - including elections.

Oct. 24 2012 06:11 PM

Is there really a major newspaper somewhere in the country that doesn't endorse upon long-held partisan lines? I lived in Cincinnati for most of my life, and if the Cincinnati Enquirer ever endorsed a Democrat, I'd know the end of the world couldn't be far behind.

Oct. 24 2012 03:01 PM
Tim O'Connor from Seattle, WA

Thanks for doing this story. It seemed especially timely to me. This week my local paper The Seattle Times announced that, not only would it continue making endorsements, it would begin donating advertising space to some of the candidates and issues it endorsed. I'd be interested in hearing you do a follow up examinig the Seattle Times' position.

Oct. 23 2012 03:33 PM
Thatwood B. Telling from The Village

Riley's right. We don't need a newspaper to tell us what opinions to have. We need it to give us enough carefully researched facts so that we can form our own opinions on a subject, when necessary. And not just on which candidate or ballot issue to vote for-- this applies to any topic at all. I've never been able to understand why I should care whatsoever what some anonymous members of an editorial board think about ... well, anything.

Oct. 20 2012 10:18 PM

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