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Sunday, October 24, 2004
17 New "Flip-Flops"
Today is "Super Sunday" for newspaper endorsements. Thankfully, Kerry did very well: 17 new papers endorsed Kerry after supporting Bush in 2000, bringing the total of Bush-to-Kerry "flip-floppers" to 28. Another setback for Bush: 3 newspapers that backed him in 2000 refused to back anyone in this election, including the Detroit news, which has never backed a Dem.

Bush has won the endorsement of just 2 newspapers that endorsed Gore.

Kerry leads Bush in endorsements 111-70, and in circulation 14.4 million - 8.6 million.

Kerry did lose one of the biggest prizes today, however, the Columbus Dispatch. This was probably the most sought-after endorsement in the country. At least they did say they were "less than enthused" about their choice. The Republican publisher won.

posted by CB @ 1:16 PM  
  • At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Do you put much stock in newspaper endorsements, though? I'm always left confused about what they mean. Will the Columbus Dispatch now portray Bush more positively in their objective coverage (not that most journalists don't seem to already pander to his preferred 'Texas-outsider' stereotype)? I can't imagine that voters would be that influenced by a board of editors who readers don't tend to listen to for opinions.

    I'm not sure endorsements in general help, anyway. Remember what happened to Dean after Gore endorsed him? And I always cringe when Kerry lists the people who support his idea. It's not about having a greater number of well-known people behind you; it's about having better ideas and expressing your stands yourself.

  • At 9:57 PM, Blogger CB said…

    A fair point. I think you're right. Their main value is as a media discussion point. But I do think there are some people in swing states who, despite the plethora of information on the difference between the candidates, have not made up their mind yet for whatever reason. For someone maybe a newspaper endorsement breaks the draw - they think the paper pays attention to everything that they don't have time to, so their decision is more informed than theirs could be. So I'll take as many endorsements as we can get.

  • At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

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