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    Kerry Leads Bush in Paper Endorsements

    Mon Oct 25, 5:45 PM ET

    By SETH SUTEL, AP Business Writer

    NEW YORK - The polls may be too close to call, but there's one area in which Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) seems to be pulling well ahead of President Bush (news - web sites): newspaper endorsements.


    According to an ongoing tally by Editor & Publisher, a newspaper industry magazine, so far 125 newspapers have endorsed Kerry including at least 35 that had endorsed Bush in 2000 versus 96 for Bush. Meanwhile, only two newspapers that went for Al Gore (news - web sites) in 2000 have endorsed Bush.


    What's more, several papers that had backed Bush four years ago are now declining to make any endorsement at all, including several in key states: The Detroit News in Michigan, The Tampa Tribune in Florida, and The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa.


    In an editorial published Sunday, The Detroit News told its readers that Bush's failures to deliver on promises of fiscal conservatism, prudence in foreign affairs and limited government left the paper "with a decision we detest but are nonetheless compelled to make" in endorsing neither candidate for president. The paper has never endorsed a Democrat for president, and held back endorsements only twice before, during the Franklin Delano Roosevelt era.


    In Tampa, the historically conservative Tampa Tribune told readers in an editorial last week that it was "deeply conflicted about the presidential race." While The Tribune said it found it "unimaginable" not to be joining other right-leaning newspapers in endorsing Bush, the paper said it could not do so because of his "mishandling" of the war in Iraq (news - web sites), record deficit spending and Bush's "assault on open government."


    In an age when many people get their news from TV, newspaper endorsements don't necessarily sway large blocs of voters, though they could have a bearing in some key states such as Florida where the race is close. In fact, in that state, a number of key papers have come out in favor of Kerry, making it an interesting test case of how effective endorsements are, says Greg Mitchell, the editor of Editor and Publisher.


    E&P did not do a similar tally of newspaper endorsements for the 2000 election, but an informal count done by a researcher at George Washington University at the time and published on the university's Web site found that 175 papers endorsed Bush four years ago, while 121 backed Gore.


    This year the E.W. Scripps Co. broke a longstanding tradition by allowing the editors of each of its 21 papers to make their own choices on endorsing candidates. Scripps used to hold a vote among its editors to decide which candidate would be endorsed, then the same editorial would be run in each newspaper.


    Michael Phillips, Scripps' editorial development director, said the policy was abandoned at an editors' meeting this spring. "It's a quaint old tradition that doesn't make any sense in today's world," Phillips said.


    The Scripps papers had leaned heavily in favor of Republican candidates, making its last Democratic endorsement with Lyndon Johnson. So far this year, at least three Scripps papers have endorsed Kerry, Phillips said.


    Even the New Yorker magazine decided to jump into the fray this time around, making its first-ever political endorsement this week with a five-page editorial backing Kerry. Spokeswoman Perri Dorset said the magazine broke with tradition because the editors felt that "this is a very critical election and an important time in our country."


    The New York Times has already endorsed Kerry, while several other large national papers including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times do not normally make endorsements.


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    On the Net:


    Editor & Publisher article: http://www.editorandpublisher.com


    2004 endorsements, with links: http://www.dkosopedia.com/index.php/...a_Endorsements


    List of 2000 endorsements: http://www2.gwu.edu/action/natendorse5.html





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    Who cares? Endorsements are for idiots and SHEEP who can not gather and research their own facts and need to be told everything to do, even in their adult lives.

    Being how you post this, I gather you are one of the SHEEP too.


    [Edited by madeinusa on 10-26-2004 at 02:51 AM]

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    Worse yet...a sheepish lemming.
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    These endorsments are probably a weak attempt to encourage/squeeze a few more votes out of an unsuspecting public.
    I want to believe that when most americans step into the voting booth that they will realize that the decision they make is for firm resolve or for a proposed plan that will fail by mr kerry....


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    I don't read them either...all they do is talk Lib BS!!

    Example; Dan Rather scandle...and now the BS about the bombs missing which took Kerry about 10 mins to start screaming about it when they were gone before we got there!!

    It's all propaganda and that tells you what kind of charactor Kerry has....NONE or I should say Liar, Cheat, backstabber, and dishonest!!

    Kerry and gang!!

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    Hahahaha The newspaper endorsement in my town is know as the kiss of death.

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    Yep, I think of him everytime I use it !


    Kerry Leads Bush in Paper Endorsements


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    nice paper holder did you advertize that on ebay by the way?

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    Originally posted by Edmund Forsthe
    nice paper holder did you advertize that on ebay by the way?
    No. Wasn't me.

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    Newspaper readership is declining rapidly in this country. Cities that had 2 or 3 newspapers are down to 1. The percentage of people who buy and read is down to below 40%.
    It's all part of the dumbing down of society...short attention spans... Articals in magazines used to be pages long...now a few big pictures and a paragragh or two of soundbites. Newspaper endorsements are irrelevant. Used to be a big deal...no more
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    Originally posted by ozone drone
    Newspaper readership is declining rapidly in this country. Cities that had 2 or 3 newspapers are down to 1. The percentage of people who buy and read is down to below 40%.
    It's all part of the dumbing down of society...short attention spans... Articals in magazines used to be pages long...now a few big pictures and a paragragh or two of soundbites. Newspaper endorsements are irrelevant. Used to be a big deal...no more
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    That's part of it but I think the biggest contributor to that is the internet along with people being aware that most journalists are left wing wackos and not to be trusted to be unbiased. So maybe we're not dumbing down so much as waking up.

    If any part of our society is dumbing down, it's those who are undergraduates and high school students...thanks to lousy parenting.
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    [i]Originally posted by bootlen

    That's part of it but I think the biggest contributor to that is the internet along with people being aware that most journalists are left wing wackos and not to be trusted to be unbiased. So maybe we're not dumbing down so much as waking up.

    If any part of our society is dumbing down, it's those who are undergraduates and high school students...thanks to lousy parenting. [/B]
    Let me give you an example booty. I used to subscribe to Newsweek....I know a liberal leaning rag...but they do have George Will as a conservative columnist to at least give lip service to a little balance.

    The politics aside...they used to have some pretty in-depth articles on business, science, medicine, world and national news. They're now, in attempts to attract "younger" readers(I'm in my mid-50's) focusing on hollywood and pop culture "celebrities" and other fluff that belongs in magazines like "People". Their articles are now half a page long with big pictures..custom made for short attention spans...just like the Network TV news, 10 seconds of soundbites and no in-depth background. When they started reporting on Gangster Rap "artists" killing each other (like I care) I cancelled my subscription. Look at the picture... ooooh, read a paragragh...turn the page to the next irrelevant non newsworthy article.

    Mainstream journalism is pandering to the ADD crowd. No balance, no integrity, no standards ...just drivel.
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    Originally posted by ozone drone
    [i]Originally posted by bootlen

    That's part of it but I think the biggest contributor to that is the internet along with people being aware that most journalists are left wing wackos and not to be trusted to be unbiased. So maybe we're not dumbing down so much as waking up.

    If any part of our society is dumbing down, it's those who are undergraduates and high school students...thanks to lousy parenting.
    Let me give you an example booty. I used to subscribe to Newsweek....I know a liberal leaning rag...but they do have George Will as a conservative columnist to at least give lip service to a little balance.

    The politics aside...they used to have some pretty in-depth articles on business, science, medicine, world and national news. They're now, in attempts to attract "younger" readers(I'm in my mid-50's) focusing on hollywood and pop culture "celebrities" and other fluff that belongs in magazines like "People". Their articles are now half a page long with big pictures..custom made for short attention spans...just like the Network TV news, 10 seconds of soundbites and no in-depth background. When they started reporting on Gangster Rap "artists" killing each other (like I care) I cancelled my subscription. Look at the picture... ooooh, read a paragragh...turn the page to the next irrelevant non newsworthy article.

    Mainstream journalism is pandering to the ADD crowd. No balance, no integrity, no standards ...just drivel. [/B]
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    True enough. They're only pandering what they know to who they know.
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