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Chicago paper backed Obama in 2008 backs Romney in ’12

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:24 am - October 29, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

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

According to Editor & Publisher,

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.)



  1. Speaking of the economy, and a stable environment for job growth… I need to rant about inflation for a bit. This video of Mike Huckabee interviewing Peter Schiff, says a lot:

    Some key points:

    – Inflation is the #1 concern of voters, according to a Fox News poll from early October. (41% chose it, vs. 26% for unemployment).

    – Which accords with what we all know: gas prices have doubled, yes DOUBLED, since Obama took office. Food is incredibly expensive. Rents are going up. Things that people need to live, are going up far more than the government says. Never mind that even things which people don’t strictly need are up as well, like gold and silver which have respectively doubled and quadrupled since Obama took office.

    – The inflation is created by Fed money printing, as I’ve mentioned before.

    – The Fed prints the money to finance Obama’s giant spending deficits. (That is, to keep markets from crashing in the face of Obama’s giant spending deficits, which would otherwise have sent interest rates up by now.)

    – In other words: Money-printing is a tax. It takes from people (lowering people’s physical living standards), in order to finance government spending.

    – In other words: When Obama says that He hasn’t raised taxes on the poor or the middle class, OBAMA LIES. Inflation is a tax. A cruel tax, that hits the middle class and the poor. (Rich people are compensated for it partially, by rising asset markets.)

    – The inflation is going to get worse, when foreign countries send their dollars (which they’ve been holding as a reserve currency) back to us, realizing that Obama and the Fed are going to print the dollar into worthlessness.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 29, 2012 @ 1:10 pm - October 29, 2012

  2. It might be interesting to look at newspapers that endorsed Obama in ’08 but have declined to endorse a presidential candidate this year. The Oregonian, my local paper of record, has taken this route. Their reasoning:

    “We decided this year to stop endorsing in presidential elections. In local and state races, we can offer recommendations based, in part, on information, candidate access and issue familiarity that most of our readers don’t have. That simply isn’t the case with presidential elections. Readers have access to the same information we do.”

    This same newspaper gave Obama an enthusiastic endorsement in ’08.

    It’s unclear to me how a person would have more knowledge of national issues than local ones. The Oregonian, like most local papers, devotes much more space to local issues than national ones. If the reader is uninformed on local issues, that would seem to be an indictment of the paper’s reporting and editorial decisions.

    We’ll see what happens in ’16.

    Comment by Blair Ivey — October 29, 2012 @ 1:51 pm - October 29, 2012

  3. Awesome!!

    Comment by Candice Lynn — October 29, 2012 @ 3:23 pm - October 29, 2012

  4. This is good news indeed. Maybe we´re seeing a shift in the print media that they might become impartial in their reporting. If only the visual MSM would do the same. Thank God for Fox.

    Comment by Roberto — October 29, 2012 @ 3:29 pm - October 29, 2012

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