Media Blog

Grand Forks Herald and Endorsements

Via Romenesko, Mike Jacobs, editor and publisher of Grand Forks Herald, explains why his paper decided against endorsements in 2006 (sadly, this changed after the paper was bought by Forum Communications). Jacobs writes:

Endorsements have been under fire […] as contributing more to the brand of the newspaper than to the knowledge that voters need to make informed decisions.
This is true of presidential endorsements, I concede, and I see little reason to make them. Farther down the ballot, however, endorsements do contribute something, if they are thoughtful and well-considered reviews of the candidates for an office.

By nature, endorsements shouldn’t be revelatory — any important information about candidates should be located in a news story, not an endorsement. To the contrary, the only revelatory information a reader can gather from an endorsement is a newspaper’s stance on certain issues.
The New York Times hasn’t endorsed one Republican candidate this year. This serves as ammunition for conservative bloggers and pundits who see the NYT as too liberal. As a result of this, news stories in the NYT that appear to praise a Democrat or denigrate a Republican are seen as opinion, not news — regardless of the legitimacy of the information in the articles. This is a disservice to readers who look to a newspaper for news, not opinion.

Nathan Goulding — Nathan Goulding is the Chief Technology Officer of National Review. He often goes by “Chaka” in NRO’s popular blog The Corner. While having never attended a class in computer science, ...

Most Popular

Elections

The Odds Are Slim to Nunes

When the history of the 2018 midterms is written, there will be a chapter on missed opportunities for Democrats. Some may wonder if they should have spent so much money supporting Beto O’Rourke in Texas, or whether Heidi Heitkamp was doomed from the start in North Dakota. One painful question for progressives ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Beatification of Beto

The media’s treatment of Texas Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke wasn’t the most egregiously unfair coverage of the past year -- that would be the treatment of Brett Kavanaugh -- but it ranks among 2018’s most annoying. The endless glowing profiles of O’Rourke in every publication from Vanity Fair to ... Read More