Wow, how about this?

24 Jan

We thought we’d never, ever see this.

A major newspaper has decided to no longer do political endorsements – and for all the right reasons.

The Chicago Sun-Times says newspaper endorsements are passé at a time when there are so many other sources of information that “allow
even a casual voter to be better informed than ever before.”

Here’s why we don’t like newspaper or TV endorsements:
Endorsements don’t change many votes and people often complain that candidate endorsements show a hidden bias.

Funny thing – it was complaints of bias on the part of the Chicago Tribune that in part motivated Marshall Field III to found the Sun-Times in the
first place.

The paper said Field decided to push for President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and the entry of the U.S. into World War II, in contrast to
Col. Robert McCormick and his isolationist and anti-Roosevelt Tribune.

The Sun-Times now says that was a bygone era “when many American newspapers were unabashedly partisan, and not necessarily only on the
editorial page. Not unlike news shops on cable TV and the Web today, they catered to a core of readers who thought very much like them.”

Today, newspapers’ need to appeal to the widest readership they can with unbiased news coverage.

The job of a newspaper is to inform people, not spin them.

Endorsements are no more than telling people what to do and how to think about a political candidate.

Guess, what?
You can make up your own mind.

Good for the Sun-Times.

Now, let’s hear from the Star-Advertiser.

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