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Newspapers drop endorsements

In 2016, the Arizona Republic and Dallas Morning News attracted attention by breaking ranks from conservatives and endorsing Hillary, a Democrat. Voters in their states overwhelmingly ignored the advice, and went for Donald John Trump.

Now both newspapers have announced they will no longer make political endorsements.

The Republic said today, "Readers have made it clear: You want to be informed about elections but not told how to vote. We hear you."

The editorial said, "A lot of the feedback readers gave us was influenced by the changing nature of American politics. In our nation’s roughly 250-year history, we have had moments of deep division as intense as this one, but they are rare.

"In our focus groups, readers told us they’re 'tired of the discord,' the 'divisiveness' in a lot of opinion content."

Hmm. Focus groups. The Republic is bleeding readers and I suspect one reason is turning its back on conservatism. By endorsing Hillary, the newspaper was willing to flip the Supreme Court to the ACLU liberalism of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Ditto the Dallas Morning News, which said in 2016, "This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation’s highest office since World War II. But Donald Trump leaves us no choice."

The newspaper said, "Trump's values are hostile to conservatism" -- as if Hillary's were not.

The full quote was "Trump's values are hostile to conservatism. He plays on fear — exploiting base instincts of xenophobia, racism and misogyny — to bring out the worst in all of us, rather than the best. His serial shifts on fundamental issues reveal an astounding absence of preparedness. And his improvisational insults and midnight tweets exhibit a dangerous lack of judgment and impulse control."

Advocating border control is xenophobic. Calling out crimes by illegal aliens is racist. And running against a woman candidate is misogynist.

Readers know what happened. A conservative newspaper was taken over by a pack of liberal losers who detest their conservative readers.

Exactly 500 newspapers and magazines that endorsed Hillary. Only 28 endorsed President Donald John Trump. While many of these publications cater to supporters of the Clinton brand of communism, most showed they are out of touch with their communities.

95% of these publications were With Her. Only 48% of the voters were.

The Arizona Republic was unapologetic for backing a candidate 55% of the voters in its state rejected. In today's editorial, the newspaper said, "The Republic angered a lot of our readers with that endorsement, but we never backed down. We stand by it today. However, we also know we will never see the likes of that moment again. Our 2016 endorsement was astonishing because it broke with those 126 years of history and made us national and international news."

The newspaper just defined virtue signaling.

Instead of admitting they were wrong, the editors are taking their ball and going home.

Bu-bye. They should take the entire editorial page with them because no one needs their advice. I say that after writing editorials for 26 years. An editorial is as powerful as a feather, especially one by people who pretend to be conservative after endorsing the Saul Alinsky Susan of Wellesley College.

Frankly, I was happier and more useful as a feature writer covering fairs and festivals. People read them and enjoyed them, and they were fun to cover and a joy to write. Every weekend in West Virginia there is a fair or festival. Someday I will get to that Buckwheat Festival in Kingwood. (No, it is not a tribute to a Little Rascals character.) I suggest getting out and covering them instead of arguing for the eleventeenth time that we should end the dog racing "subsidy."

This of course is advice I won't take. But my purpose is not to change opinions; rather, I show supporters of Donald John Trump that they are not alone.

19th century newspaper mogul E.W. Scripps adopted the motto of "Give light and the people will find their own way." He did OK.

Oh, he had editorials but 142 years after he began his newspaper empire, the media has changed. Credibility is gold; editorials are fool's gold.

Witness the endorsements of Hillary by the Arizona Republic and Dallas Morning News.

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