2 years ago
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Should News Organizations Endorse Candidates?
Newspapers and other news organizations often make endorsements during election cycles, explaining to their audiences why they believe people should vote one way or another.
These endorsements usually run in the opinions section, which is usually made up of an entirely different staff than from those who create content elsewhere for the organization.
For example, USA Today this week released an endorsement for anyone other than Donald Trump for president. It's the first time in the 34 year history of the news organization that they took "endorsed" a candidate.
Should news organizations endorse candidates (even though USA Today didn't really endorse anyone ... they advocated against a candidate)?
Does this reveal an overall bias and thus overshadow all the other news produced by the outlet?
Or is this good service journalism, helping their audiences process and understand elections and issues?