Friday , September 18 2020

Endorsements: Kerry Leads With Ink-Stained Wretches, Plain Dealer Picks “None of the Above”

No particular suprise here, but John Kerry leads among endorsements from the nation’s papers (as of yesterday). Editor and Publisher is keeping a running tally:

    JOHN KERRY
    128 newspapers total
    16,898,024 daily circulation

    ALABAMA
    The Anniston Star (G): 26,527
    The Decatur Daily (G): 23,641

    ARIZONA
    Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (G): 109,592

    CALIFORNIA
    San Francisco Chronicle (G): 501,135
    The Sacramento Bee (G): 303,841
    San Jose Mercury News (G): 279,539
    Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek) (B): 186,335
    Daily News (Los Angeles) (B): 178,044
    The Fresno Bee (G): 166,531
    Ventura County Star (B): 93,664
    The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa) (G): 89,384
    The Modesto Bee (G): 87,366
    The Oakland Tribune (B): 67,807
    Santa Cruz Sentinel (B): 26,136
    Merced Sun-Star: 17,247

    COLORADO
    Daily Camera (Boulder) (B): 33,419
    Fort Collins Coloradoan (G): 28,415
    Durango Herald (G): 8,621

    CONNECTICUT
    The Day (New London) (B): 39,553
    The Stamford Advocate (B): 27,350

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
    The Washington Post (G): 772,553

    FLORIDA
    St. Petersburg Times (G): 358,502
    The Miami Herald (G): 325,032
    Orlando Sentinel (B): 269,269
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) (G): 268,927
    The Palm Beach Post (G): 181,727
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune (G): 121,272
    Daytona Beach News-Journal (G): 112,945
    Florida Today (Melbourne) (G): 90,877
    Bradenton Herald (B): 52,163

    GEORGIA
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 418,323
    The Macon Telegraph: 65,871

    HAWAII
    The Honolulu Advertiser (G): 145,943

    IDAHO
    The Idaho Statesman (Boise) (B): 65,714

    ILLINOIS
    Chicago Sun-Times (B): 486,936
    Daily Herald (Arlington Heights) (B): 150,794
    Rockford Register-Star (B): 65,685
    Daily Southtown (Chicago) (G): 48,858

    INDIANA
    The Times (Munster): 86,474
    The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne) (G): 61,205

    IOWA
    The Des Moines Register (G): 155,898
    Quad City Times (Davenport) (B): 53,872
    The Hawk Eye (Burlington) (G): 19,000
    Iowa City Press-Citizen: 15,077

    KANSAS
    The Hutchinson News (G): 32,625

    KENTUCKY
    The Courier-Journal (Louisville) (G): 216,934
    Lexington Herald-Leader (G): 122,748

    LOUISIANA
    The Times (Shreveport) (G): 66,614

    MAINE
    Portland Press Herald (G): 73,211
    Bangor Daily News (B): 61,337
    Kennebec Journal (Augusta): 14,845

    MASSACHUSETTS
    The Boston Globe (G): 452,109
    Telegram & Gazette (Worcester) (B): 103,586
    The Republican (Springfield): 84,694
    The Standard-Times (New Bedford): 35,299

    MICHIGAN
    Detroit Free Press (G): 354,581
    The Flint Journal (B): 84,313
    Lansing State Journal (G): 73,594
    The Muskegon Chronicle (B): 46,505
    Times Herald (Port Huron): 29,488
    Traverse City Record-Eagle: 26,502
    Battle Creek Enquirer: 24,831
    The Argus-Press (Owosso): 11,438

    MINNESOTA
    Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (G): 377,058
    Duluth News Tribune: 45,688
    The Free Press (Mankato): 21,591

    MISSOURI
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch (G): 281,198
    The Kansas City Star (G): 269,188
    Columbia Daily Tribune (B): 18,874

    MONTANA
    Billings Gazette (B): 47,849

    NEVADA
    Reno Gazette-Journal (G): 66,073
    Las Vegas Sun (G): 34,407
    Nevada Appeal (Carson City): 15,296

    NEW HAMPSHIRE
    The Telegraph (Nashua): 26,762
    Concord Monitor (G): 19,984
    The Keene Sentinel (G): 13,620
    Portsmouth Herald (G): 13,551

    NEW JERSEY
    The Star-Ledger (Newark) (G): 407,945
    The Record (Hackensack) (G): 171,251
    The Times (Trenton) (G): 73,235

    NEW MEXICO
    The Santa Fe New Mexican (G): 25,308
    The Albuquerque Tribune (B): 13,536

    NEW YORK
    The New York Times (G): 1,133,763
    Newsday (Melville) (G): 580,346
    The Buffalo News (G): 201,900
    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (G): 169,697
    The Journal-News (White Plains) (B): 142,145
    The Post-Star (Glens Falls): 33,608
    Star-Gazette (Elmira) (B): 28,826

    NORTH CAROLINA
    The Charlotte Observer (G): 231,369
    The News & Observer (Raleigh) (G): 173,329
    Asheville Citizen Times: 55,982
    The Daily Reflector (Greenville): 25,777

    NORTH DAKOTA
    Grand Forks Herald (G): 32,385
    The Bismarck Tribune: 27,111

    OHIO
    Dayton Daily News (G): 183,175
    The Blade (Toledo) (G): 139,293
    Akron Beacon Journal (G): 139,220

    OREGON
    The Oregonian (Portland) (B): 342,040
    The Register-Guard (Eugene) (G): 72,411
    Statesman Journal (Salem): 56,298
    Mail Tribune (Medford): 35,524
    East Oregonian (Pendleton): 10,236
    The Daily Astorian (Astoria): 8,429

    PENNSYLVANIA
    The Philadelphia Inquirer (G): 387,692
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (G): 245,065
    The Philadelphia Daily News (G): 139,983
    The Morning Call (Allentown) (B): 131,110
    Centre Daily Times (State College): 25,354

    TENNESSEE
    The Tennessean (Nashville) (G): 205,158
    The Commercial-Appeal (Memphis) (B): 189,961
    The Jackson Sun (G): 35,561

    TEXAS
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times (B): 60,537
    Waco Tribune-Herald: 40,699
    Longview News-Journal: 29,509
    The Lufkin Daily News: 14,608

    VIRGINIA
    The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (G): 201,473
    The Roanoke Times: 100,447
    Daily Press (Newport News): 95,228

    WASHINGTON
    The Seattle Times (B): 237,303
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer (G): 150,901
    The Herald (Everett) (G): 50,998
    Tri-City Herald (Kennewick) (B): 42,285
    The Sun (Bremerton) (B): 30,731
    Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (B): 14,275

    WEST VIRGINIA
    Charleston Gazette (G): 49,529

    WISCONSIN
    The Journal Times (Racine) (G): 29,264
    The Wausau Daily Herald (B): 22,757

    GEORGE W. BUSH
    105 newspapers total
    10,903,849 daily circulation

    ALABAMA
    Birmigham News (B): 153,195
    Mobile Register (B): 100,244
    Huntsville Times: 55,951

    ARIZONA
    The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (B): 466,926

    ARKANSAS
    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock) (B): 187,601
    Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith) (B): 37,636

    CALIFORNIA
    The San Diego Union-Tribune (B): 361,317
    The Press-Enterprise (Riverside) (B): 191,802
    Press-Telegram (Long Beach) (B): 96,466
    The Bakersfield Californian (B): 71,495
    The Record (Stockton) (B): 62,139
    The Reporter (Vacaville) (B): 18,227

    COLORADO
    The Denver Post (G): 286,197
    Rocky Mountain News (Denver) (B): 286,004
    The Pueblo Chieftain: 52,208
    Daily Times-Call (Longmont): 21,465
    Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald: 17,548
    Daily Record (Canon City): 8,164

    CONNECTICUT
    The Hartford Courant (B): 187,394
    New Haven Register: 92,022
    Connecticut Post (Bridgeport) (B): 76,133

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
    The Washington Times (B): 100,228

    FLORIDA
    The Ledger (Lakeland) (B): 75,539
    Ocala Star-Banner: 51,489

    GEORGIA
    Augusta Chronicle (B): 71,724
    Savannah Morning News (B): 57,288

    IDAHO
    The Times-News (Twin Falls) (B): 23,012

    ILLINOIS
    Chicago Tribune (B): 578,843
    Springfield State Journal-Register (B): 57,212
    The Pantagraph (Bloomington) (B): 47,931
    The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana): 39,190
    Herald & Review (Decatur) (B): 35,233
    Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale): 28,173
    The Journal-Standard (Freeport): 13,693

    INDIANA
    The Indianapolis Star (B): 253,778
    Evansville Courier & Press: 69,003

    IOWA
    The Gazette (Cedar Rapids) (B): 63,578
    Sioux City Journal: 41,929
    Globe-Gazette (Mason City): 18,947

    KANSAS
    The Wichita Eagle: 90,835

    KENTUCKY
    Daily News (Bowling Green) (B): 21,555

    LOUISIANA
    Alexandria Daily Town Talk: 36,321

    MARYLAND
    Easton Star Democrat: 16,667

    MASSACHUSETTS
    Boston Herald (B): 248,988
    The Sun (Lowell) (B): 50,369

    MICHIGAN
    The Grand Rapids Press (B): 139,216
    The Oakland Press (Pontiac): 65,484
    The Macomb Daily (Mount Clemens) (G): 43,584
    The Herald Palladium (St. Joseph): 23,423
    Midland Daily News: 16,076

    NEBRASKA
    Omaha World-Herald (B): 197,627
    Lincoln Journal Star (B): 75,679

    NEVADA
    Las Vegas Review-Journal (B): 170,061

    NEW HAMPSHIRE
    The Union Leader (Manchester) (B): 59,605
    Foster’s Daily Democrat (Dover): 22,995

    NEW JERSEY
    Asbury Park Press (Neptune) (B): 161,937

    NEW MEXICO
    Las Cruces Sun-News (B): 22,168
    Farmington Daily Times (B): 18,144
    Carlsbad Current-Argus (B): 8,030

    NEW YORK
    New York Post (B): 678,012
    The New York Sun: 53,688

    NORTH CAROLINA
    The Enterprise-Record (Mocksville): 11,800

    NORTH DAKOTA
    The Forum (Fargo) (B): 52,238

    OHIO
    The Columbus Dispatch (B): 371,551
    The Cincinnati Enquirer (B): 216,509
    The Repository (Canton) (B): 66,014
    The News-Herald (Lake County-Willoughby): 45,366
    The Cincinnati Post (B): 40,618
    The Times Reporter (New Philadelphia): 23,956
    The Courier (Findlay) (B): 22,319
    The Advocate (Newark): 22,217

    OKLAHOMA
    The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (B): 223,403
    Tulsa World (B): 139,383

    OREGON
    The News-Review (Roseburg): 19,272
    Daily Courier (Grants Pass): 16,392
    Argus Observer (Ontario): 7,367

    PENNSYLVANIA
    Erie Times-News (B): 60,771
    The Express-Times (Easton): 50,439
    York Daily Record (G): 46,554
    Altoona Mirror (B): 32,339

    SOUTH CAROLINA
    Herald-Journal (Spartanburg) (G): 50,386

    SOUTH DAKOTA
    Argus Leader (Sioux Falls): 54,700

    TENNESSEE
    The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville): 22,057

    TEXAS
    Houston Chronicle (B): 549,300
    The Dallas Morning News (B): 546,177
    San Antonio Express-News (B): 252,889
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram (B): 247,167
    Austin American-Statesman (B): 184,907
    El Paso Times: 74,278
    Amarillo Globe-News (B): 51,105

    UTAH
    The Salt Lake Tribune: 135,730

    VIRGINIA
    Richmond Times-Dispatch (B): 191,732
    The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg) (B): 47,866
    News Advance (Lynchburg): 37,447
    Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg): 32,202
    Danville Register & Bee: 21,701

    WASHINGTON
    The Spokesman-Review (Spokane) (B): 100,760
    The Columbian (Vancouver) (B): 51,498
    The Chronicle (Centralia): 14,524

    WEST VIRGINIA
    Charleston Daily Mail (B): 34,539
    The Parkersburg News: 23,558
    The Intelligencer (Wheeling): 20,689
    Bluefield Daily Telegraph: 19,877

    WISCONSIN
    Oshkosh Northwestern (B): 21,748
    The Chippewa Herald (Chippewa Falls) (B): 6,804

Interestingly, my local Cleveland Plain Dealer has decided not to decide:

    In a year of deep political divisions, this newspaper’s opinion section is experienc ing deep divisions of its own.

    After nearly four years spent watching George W. Bush as president, and after a year of watching Sen. John Kerry campaign to oust him, we have decided not to add one more potentially polarizing voice to a poisoned debate. We make no endorsement for president this year.

    ….whatever can be known about each candidate is already widely known – and that whatever questions remain about each candidate will still remain when the polls close a week from today.

    Americans know more about Bush.

    They know that he and his aides seriously underestimated the quality and intensity of the resistance to the occupation of Iraq by troops from the United States, Great Britain and an assortment of coalition partners.

    They know that on the home front, he has insisted on tax cuts in the teeth of a growing federal deficit, instituted a color-coded terrorist threat alert system that Americans have come largely to ignore because they consider it useless, and oversold a Medicare prescription package that bears all of the earmarks of a budget-busting disappointment.

    They know that he has done these things in the atmosphere of an administration that prefers to hold its own secrets close even as, in the name of homeland security, it proposes new and sometimes disturbing avenues of government intrusion into the lives of ordinary people.

    The outstanding questions apply far more to Kerry.

    His critics’ charges that he operates more out of political expediency than deeply held principle resonate with many people for good reason.

    He presents himself as an answer to the president’s mistakes in fighting terrorism, for example, but has yet to tell precisely what he would have done differently.

    Domestically, Kerry proclaims an ambitious agenda. It is hard to see, though, how he can accomplish it without resorting to tax increases that cut far more deeply into the middle class than he is willing to admit.

    He speaks only in the vaguest terms, and leaves the impression of a man who consciously builds an escape clause into his every utterance.

    Neither candidate has managed to articulate a plausible exit strategy from Iraq. That lack of a discernible difference on what should be the pivotal issue means that this election has become, first and foremost, a referendum on Bush’s conduct as president.

    We believe our readers are perfectly capable of judging that conduct for themselves and deciding whether Bush’s flaws bother them more than Kerry’s ambiguities.

Conflicted, split, uncertain – sounds like much of the nation, even among those who have made a decision.

Editor and Publisher reports on the behind the scenes machinations at the PD:

    The paper’s editorial board, as E&P first revealed, decided last week that it wanted to endorse Sen. John Kerry, but Publisher Alex Machaskee, who has final say, prefers President George W. Bush. The paper backed Bush in 2000.

    Indeed, this morning’s editorial confirms, “A majority of the editorial board favored Kerry, but after long and difficult deliberations, it was decided that the better path would be to sit this one out.” It does not mention Machaskee’s role in this.

    ….In this unusually divisive election, many other newspaper boards have been split down the middle. Some have chosen not to endorse at all, while in other cases the publisher stepped in and cast the only vote that counted.

    ….If Machaskee deflected the Plain Dealer editorial board’s choice, it reportedly won’t be the first time: In the 2002 gubernatorial race, according to Plain Dealer insiders, Machaskee decided the newspaper would endorse Bob Taft despite the editorial board’s preference for his opponent, Tim Hagan.

It’s good to be king.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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