To endorse or not to endorse? It's worth it

To endorse or not to endorse? It's worth it

In recent years, many newspapers have backed away from endorsing political candidates – newspapers like our neighbor The Arizona Republic. Here is what the Republic wrote when it announced that decision in February 2020: “They (readers) tell us our endorsements alienate them and blur the way they read our news stories. They don’t see the sharp line we draw between our news and opinion content.” Given today’s polarized environment, why would any newspaper – including the Journal – continue to endorse candidates? Why run the risk of alienating a sizable portion of our audience? Are endorsements even still worth the great effort that goes into them? Each election season, we ask those very questions. After all, our lives certainly would be easier without this process. This primary season alone, members …
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