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jimlongo

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Major Newspaper Endorsements
« on: October 16, 2008, 11:07:10 pm »

Washington Post

Mr. Obama's temperament is unlike anything we've seen on the national stage in many years. He is deliberate but not indecisive; eloquent but a master of substance and detail; preternaturally confident but eager to hear opposing points of view. He has inspired millions of voters of diverse ages and races, no small thing in our often divided and cynical country. We think he is the right man for a perilous moment.
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LA Times Endorsement
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2008, 05:49:51 pm »

We need a leader who demonstrates thoughtful calm and grace under pressure, one not prone to volatile gesture or capricious pronouncement. We need a leader well-grounded in the intellectual and legal foundations of American freedom. Yet we ask that the same person also possess the spark and passion to inspire the best within us: creativity, generosity and a fierce defense of justice and liberty.

The Times without hesitation endorses Barack Obama for president.

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Chicago Tribune Endorsement
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2008, 05:52:20 pm »

This endorsement makes some history for the Chicago Tribune. This is the first time the newspaper has endorsed the Democratic Party's nominee for president.

Obama is deeply grounded in the best aspirations of this country, and we need to return to those aspirations. He has had the character and the will to achieve great things despite the obstacles that he faced as an unprivileged black man in the U.S.

He has risen with his honor, grace and civility intact. He has the intelligence to understand the grave economic and national security risks that face us, to listen to good advice and make careful decisions.

When Obama said at the 2004 Democratic Convention that we weren't a nation of red states and blue states, he spoke of union the way Abraham Lincoln did.

It may have seemed audacious for Obama to start his campaign in Springfield, invoking Lincoln. We think, given the opportunity to hold this nation's most powerful office, he will prove it wasn't so audacious after all. We are proud to add Barack Obama's name to Lincoln's in the list of people the Tribune has endorsed for president of the United States.

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Re: Chicago Tribune Endorsement
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2008, 07:01:11 pm »

If Obama doesn't win, it's due to ballot fixing and subliminal--or overt--racism. He has already won on almost every level, and I can't think of any rational, level headed, concerned, intelligent person not voting for Obama....that is, if they were at all basing their opinion about the way Barack handles himself and his stance on the issues.

Obama is a KO in my mind, if not just for his stance on the war-- he has at least addressed the fact that the war needs to eventually end, and he wants to slowly pull out without causing more damage and insurgency in an already troubled Middle East. It's like McCain doesn't even address how messed up the situation is over there--I don't hear him talking about people, I hear him talking about a war, and the sacrifice of many, for the benefit of so few. And it's a war that has no end in sight.

Not wanting to line the pockets of the already bloated and rich, and wanting to give the average citizen a better life and better dividends, is the second major knockout punch in Obama's repertoire.

The only thing to be concerned with, is how much the big corporations can sway the truth and fix ballots and destroy the truth in a public election. I think that was the case in both of Bush's elections--especially in the first. I don't trust the big system, and I certainly don't trust the system that allegedly strives to bring us the truth for who we've actually elected.
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Is the Sun-Times still a major?
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2008, 11:04:05 am »

Ironically the paper formerly owned by Conrad Black endorses Obama.  Obama now has a 3 to 1 lead over McCain in newspaper endorsements -- 51 newspapers with a total 6,299,363 daily circulation. At least seven of those papers endorsed President Bush in 2004.

Sun-Times endorsement
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Re: Major Newspaper Endorsements 104-32 and counting
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2008, 10:43:33 pm »

By our count over at Editor & Publisher he leads by a better than 3 to 1 margin (103 to 32 at last count). In contrast, when we did our final count in 2004, John Kerry barely edged George Bush, 213-205, and in elections before then, the GOP candidate almost always took the lion's share of endorsements.

What's startling is when you look at that list of large papers that have backed Obama. It's a who's who of the dominant papers in nearly every giant metro: Boston, New York, both papers in Chicago, Cleveland, Philly, Pittsburgh, D.C., Atlanta, both papers in L.A., Detroit, both papers in Seattle, Portland, Miami, Orlando, Raleigh, Buffalo and more. McCain's only clear wins are in Columbus and San Diego, and barely managing a split in Texas, of all places. It's a veritable landslide.

But even more revealing, Obama has an even wider lead in those that have switched sides. That flipflop number is now close to 25, with McCain only picking up one paper from the Kerry side in 2004 (the Daily Press in Newport News, Va.)

The list of switches to Obama includes such GOP stalwarts as the Chicago Tribune (never has endorsed a Democrat in its long history), Houston Chronicle and Austin American-Statesman, plus the Denver Post, New York Daily News and a host of others. Two other large papers that did not endorse at all in 2004 (the L.A. Times and Plain Dealer in Cleveland) also backed Obama. And the list goes on and on.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-mitchell/why-obamas-shock ing-lands_b_136010.html
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Newspaper switchers 26-4 Obama
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2008, 11:03:17 am »

Newspapers that endorsed Bush in 2004 that are now backing Obama
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display .jsp?vnu_content_id=1003875870
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The New York Times
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2008, 11:25:08 pm »

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/opinion/24fri1.html?_r=1&a mp;ref=opinion&oref=slogin

This politics of fear, division and character assassination helped Mr. Bush drive Mr. McCain from the 2000 Republican primaries and defeat Senator John Kerry in 2004. It has been the dominant theme of his failed presidency.

The nation’s problems are simply too grave to be reduced to slashing “robo-calls” and negative ads. This country needs sensible leadership, compassionate leadership, honest leadership and strong leadership. Barack Obama has shown that he has all of those qualities.
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Re: Major Newspaper Endorsements
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2008, 11:33:50 am »

Not exactly a major (circ. 80,00) but Alaska's largest newspaper endorses Obama.

http://www.adn.com/opinion/story/567867.html
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Re: Major Newspaper Endorsements
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2008, 11:01:39 pm »

The Financial Times (London) a very conservative publication issues a half-hearted endorsement of Obama

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1d0b127c-a380-11dd-942c-000077b076 58.html

Rest assured that, should he win, Mr Obama is bound to disappoint. How could he not? He is expected to heal the country’s racial divisions, reverse the trend of rising inequality, improve middle-class living standards, cut almost everybody’s taxes, transform the image of the United States abroad, end the losses in Iraq, deal with the mess in Afghanistan and much more besides.

Succeeding in those endeavours would require more than uplifting oratory and presidential deportment even if the economy were growing rapidly, which it will not be.

The challenges facing the next president will be extraordinary. We hesitate to wish it on anyone, but we hope that Mr Obama gets the job.
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Re: Major Newspaper Endorsements
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2008, 11:09:42 pm »

The Baltimore Sun
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bal-ed.endorse26oct 26,0,725660.story

Senator Obama is a relative newcomer on the national stage. But he has proved to be that rarest of public servants, an inspirational leader who would transcend any enduring racial barriers and call upon the best in the American character, a public servant who also possesses the finely honed political skills necessary to turn the nation's highest ideals into practical policies that benefit citizens.

That is why The Baltimore Sun endorses Barack Obama for president.
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Re: Major Newspaper Endorsements
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2008, 11:19:51 pm »

At the risk of getting boring . . . this weekend has seen endorsements for Obama from the Hartford Courant and St. Petersburg Times, Providence Journal, Anchorage Daily News, Des Moines Register, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Baltimore Sun, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Albany Times-Union and others. McCain picked up the Cincinnati Enquirer and Arizona Republic on Saturday.

At least 38 papers have now switched to Obama from Bush in 2004, with just four flipping to McCain. The latest majors to flipflop to Obama: the papers in Providence and Fort Worth.

Most recent tally is 170-69

editorandpublisher.com/latestupdate
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