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Robert Vickers: ‘The wall of opinion and hard news’ fell long before he endorsed Romney — Poynter

... I have long been amused by the notion some hold that the media is intentionally biased. There’s hardly enough organization in a given newsroom to get a newspaper out each day, let alone conspire with some broader agenda. Now reporters and editors have opinions, but we are also trained to do our jobs factually. I think the bias label comes from people reacting badly to facts about their positions that aren’t flattering.

Newspaper endorsements flood in, but do voters care? — Josh Lederman | Associate Press, via Seattle Times

Why the Statesman Journal makes endorsements — Salem (Oregon) Statesman-Journal Editorial

... We want to stand up and be counted. We want all to know, whether they agree with us or not, that will we never be afraid to speak up and won’t remain silent. You can trust us to speak our mind.

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Words and opinions by the thousands — Bob Davis | Anniston (Ala.) Star

... The best editorials, in my view, deliver an opinion that is less fist-pounding dictate and more persuasive prose. At their essence, editorials should make their reader consider something from a different point of view. ...

... Why, many ask, is the paper so out of step with the community’s conservative values? They are displeased by countervailing views and seem to want editorials that shift with the prevailing currents of public opinion. That’s not journalism, that’s marketing. Who could trust opinions that morphed according to the whims of the day? ...

Does Anyone Really Care About Newspaper Endorsements? — Doug Matacoins | Outside the Beltway

How Other Animals Choose Their Leaders — Rob Dunn | Slate

You think our elections are tough? Tell it to the wolves.

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