Decision 2012: Historical Connections

Advanced Analysis

Advanced Analysis

Advanced Analysis

Over the past 200 years, newspapers have moved away from the politically slanted coverage that defined the industry through the early 1800s. But most newspapers still feature daily editorial columns and an op-ed page for opinion and commentary, and most newspapers use their editorial columns to endorse a presidential candidate at some point during the race. Read this post on the New York Times blog FiveThirtyEight about the correlation between newspaper endorsements and election outcomes. Then discuss why newspapers continue to endorse presidential candidates. Do you think there's a place for candidate endorsements in the realm of objective journalism? Do you think voters find newspaper endorsements of candidates helpful? Do you think editorials influence elections?