First, it was the second largest paper in the nation’s second largest city. Now, it’s the second largest daily in the nation’s third largest city.
“On Sunday,” reports Michael Patrick Leahy, “the Chicago Daily Herald, the second largest daily newspaper in metropolitan Chicago, endorsed Mitt Romney for President in 2012. In 2008, the Daily Herald endorsed hometown Senator Barack Obama for President:”
[W]e endorse Romney because he, unlike Obama, understands that jobs are a creation of business, not of government. And that to encourage job growth, we need policies that incent business to grow and provide it with a stable environment for that growth.
In the end, we need moderation, not ideology, to facilitate an economic recovery. It is the central issue that affects us all.
So, let’s see, how many papers is that now that endorsed Obama in 2008, but have endorsed Romney this time ’round
- Nashville Tennessean
- Houston Chronicle
- Orlando Sentinel
- Des Moines Register
- Reno Gazette-Journal
the longtime bible of the newspaper business, the tally as of Saturday was 112 for Republican Mitt Romney and 84 for President Obama. That list didn’t include papers from Sunday, when many delivered their endorsements, but it suggested a shift from 2008, when E&P’s final tally showed daily newspapers — which historically have skewed Republican — endorsing Obama over Republican John McCain by a better than 3-2 margin, 296 to 180.
And when I checked that tally, it didn’t include the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Des Moines Register or the Chicago Daily Herald, all of which have backed Mitt Romney.
Newspaper endorsements may not be a good motivator, in that they get people to vote for the candidate they back, but they do sometimes serve as a barometer of trends in public opinion.
If so, that is not a good sign for Barack Obama.
UPDATE: The Romney campaign lists some papers which backed Obama in 2008 but which are backing Mitt this year. (H/t Instsapundit.)