Sunday, May 4, 2008

Endorsement curse?

An interesting observation was made yesterday on the website of Editor and Publisher, the trade magazine of the newspaper industry. It noted what appears to be a "newspaper endorsement curse" in the Democratic race this year. In all but two primaries or caucuses, E&P says, the paper or papers of record in that state endorsed the candidate that ended up losing.

Only the NYT and the Concord (New Hampshire) Monitor, says E&P, have endorsed a "winner," Hillary Clinton. (Actually, the number should be three because Honolulu's main paper backed Obama who won that state).

But Barack Obama won in Iowa despite the endorsement of the Des Moines Register for Clinton (she was third).

"On the other hand, she squeezed out crucial victories in California, Texas, and Pennsylvania -- despite endorsements of Obama by the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pittsburgh Gazette, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, the Albuquerque Journal, and the Boston Globe."

Now, the Indianapolis (Indiana) Star has endorsed Clinton, while the Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer is pulling for Obama.

Sign of things to come on Tuesday? We'll have to wait and see on Tuesday.

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