September 30, 2004

Endorsements: What's the Point?

American Journalism Review has posted my piece examining the relevance of presidential endorsements by newspapers. Romenesko blogged it yesterday with this teaser:

Why do editorial boards bother with endorsements?
American Journalism Review
New York Times editorial page editor Gail Collins tells Tim Porter: "I don't think anybody who has a job like mine is deluded that many people change their opinion about who they're going to vote for for president when they see the Times editorial." Porter writes: "Why, then, beyond engaging in intellectual exercise, write such strong arguments knowing they fall mostly on deaf ears? Editorial writers explain endorsements with words like 'conversation,' 'values' and 'credible.'"

Read the whole article.

Posted by Tim Porter at September 30, 2004 06:32 AM