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Political endorsements by newspapers: right or wrong?

Posted by: | November 6, 2012 | No Comment |

With the 2012 presidential campaign drawing to a close today, the polls are still in a deadlock. Not only does every vote count, but so does every minute, every dollar, and every endorsement.

Not only do celebrities and other public figures endorse politicians, but newspapers also openly endorse presidential and senate candidates.

The Loudoun Times Mirror has endorsed Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine. The Richmond Times Dispatch has also chosen to endorse Mitt Romney. Various other newspapers across the state and country have also announced their support of one of the candidates.

This poses one of our three questions about journalism that we discussed in COMM 203 — Is the job of the press to lead the people, or report news objectively? In this case, should newspapers openly endorse political candidates?

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