This week, the Philadelphia Inquirer made an unusual decision - to not endorse anyone in next week's Pennsylvania gubernatorial election.
“Instead of an endorsement for governor," publisher Gerry Lenfest wrote in Sunday's newspaper, "I asked the editorial boards of both the Inquirer and the Daily News to provide a summary of where the candidates stand on the critical issues facing the state, as well as the positions each paper has taken on those issues, and then let the voters decide who they think is most qualified. My aim is simple: to help people make informed decisions about their vote. We will still endorse certain candidates in the future.”
Other journalistic outlets have noted that Lenfest donated $250,000 to the re-election campaign of current governor Tom Corbett.
Should journalists and their editorial boards announce endorsements for elections or is the Inquirer acting in the best interests of the public?