Does Anyone Care About Newspaper Endorsements?

Newspaper fire orange

There may have been a time in history when newspaper endorsements mattered. Maybe because news travelled slowly and people relied on a trusted source. Maybe newspaper endorsements were more useful in a time when newspapers were more partisan.

This world we live in now has 24 hour news channels and the internet. So, you know, you can pretty much find whatever you’re looking for, whenever you want to search. So, what is the reason for newspaper endorsements? Does an endorsement really make a difference? I would argue certainly not.

My adopted home newspaper, a conservative paper that endorsed President Obama in 2008, recently endorsed Governor Mitt Romney. My problem is not that the Orlando Sentinel endorsed Governor Romney. My issue is that I don’t believe newspaper should be in the endorsement business.

Newspapers should provide the news and, sure, provide commentary as well. But, I don’t believe newspapers should be telling me who the next president should be. Feel free to print editorial and op-eds but don’t tell me, as a newspaper organization, who the next president should be. There are plenty of places I can go to have someone tell me what to think, what to believe and how to vote.

Naive? Maybe. But, I’m also quite the eternal optimist.

The following two tabs change content below.
Bryan is the founder of 2 Rights Make a Left. While obtaining his J.D., Bryan researched and wrote extensively on Capital Punishment, an issue that remains close to his heart to this day. He has spent the majority of his adult life involved in politics in some form or another. Bryan spends most of his time reading, writing and discussing all things politics. Bryan loves to travel and, if he had his way, would constantly be jetting off to another destination. The rest of his time is spent following his beloved Bears, Bulls and Cubbies.

Latest posts by Bryan Driscoll (see all)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *