Editor & Publisher, self-described as “America’s oldest journal covering the newspaper industry,” ran a piece today which highlighted news that 12 newspapers had endorsed Barack Obama today. A look at some of those endorsements helps explain why, perhaps, the newspaper industry (a.k.a., “the dinosaurs”) is facing some of its worst times ever.
I didn’t have to read past the headline of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to see the bias evident in its endorsement of Obama: It’s Obama — We need a president who will break with the past.
What the wizards of the Keystone State’s dinosaur newspaper didn’t describe, however, was the myriad ways in which Obama will break with the past. For instance, he’s likely to replace our time-tested brand of democracy with the political stylebook upon which he launched his political career (See Who Knew? Barack Obama Was/Is a Socialist! for details about his past that you won’t read in the Post-Gazette or any other newspaper listed in this post).
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s endorsement included this nonsensical paragraph:
He was right when he said in his remarkable speech in March in Philadelphia that “In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world’s great religions demand: that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Let us be our brother’s keeper, Scripture tells us. Let us be our sister’s keeper. Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit as well.”
At the same time, it ignores the Illinois senator’s hypocrisy detailed in an Aug. 20 post, Why is Barack Obama’s Brother Living in a Hut?, as well as in one eight months earlier, Why is ‘Grandma Obama’ Still Living in a Hut?
In its endorsement, The Tennessean of Nashville applauded Obama’s choice of a running mate with foreign policy chops:
Further, Obama demonstrated sound judgment in selecting as his running mate Sen. Joe Biden, whose experience and knowledge of foreign policy prepare him to step in if need be as chief executive.
What it failed to mention was the fact that Senator Biden had been harshly critical of his Democratic rivals — including Obama — for voting against Iraq funding bills to try to pressure President Bush to end the war (This video, courtesy Gateway Pundit, serves as evidence). In addition, they’ve completely ignored Obama’s attempt to put personal political interests above his country’s interests — and troop safety — when he tried to stall the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq until after election day.
The Toledo (Ohio) Blade painted a picture of John McCain that corroborates the thoughts I published in my post, Obama’s ‘Cotton Candy’ Promises Lack Substance, earlier today:
Sen. John McCain, by nature, has shown himself to be incapable of providing the American people with an optimistic vision of the future. Firmly rooted in the failed politics and policies of the past, he cannot guide us on a path he does not see.
It’s true, McCain didn’t dwell on the past when he spoke to crowds on the campaign trail. Instead, he told audiences that dealing with tomorrow’s challenges will require sound judgment and an ability to lead.
The Wisconsin State Journal‘s endorsement of the Democratic Party presidential nominee included this statement:
As president, Obama must reject extremism. He needs to keep the bitter and ideologically-driven partisans on the far left and far right out of his administration.
Unfortunately, Obama has already said he will not keep far-left radicals out of his administration. In fact, this video shows him saying ACORN will “shape the agenda” when I’m president. For details, see this Atlas Shrugs item published yesterday.
The list of newspapers endorsing Obama today also included the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times and several California papers: Fresno Bee, Sacramento Bee, Contra Costa Times, The Herald of Monterrey, and The Sun of San Bernardino. Sadly, their endorsements wallow in the same pond of liberal propaganda that has served the newspaper industry so well — or not! — as it spirals toward irrelevance (See Newspapers Hurting… for more details).