Atlanta Journal-Constitution to no longer endorse candidates

Posted by: steveegg on October 10, 2009 at 9:29 pm

(H/T – Jason Pye)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution announced in today’s editions that, beginning with the November 2009 elections, they will no longer offer explicit endorsements of candidates on their editorial pages:

After listening carefully to readers and thinking deeply about the modern role of a newspaper in elections, the AJC Editorial Board is taking a new approach to election coverage, beginning with this November’s elections.

Going forward, our board will use its unique position to work for readers in pursuing with candidates the issues that are critical to the future of our community. The board will provide readers with clear, concise information about candidates’ positions and records. The AJC will no longer endorse political candidates….

We have heard from readers — and we agree — that you don’t need us to tell you how to vote. What readers tell us they need is information on who the candidates are, what they have done and what they want to do in the new job….

The piece goes on to explain why newspapers had traditionally endorsed candidates, saying that it dated back to when a good-sized city had many, highly-political newspapers. While the number of newspapers has dropped to one, except in the largest of cities, I beg to differ with the AJC’s inference that the average newspaper has become significantly less political than the days when “Republican” and “Democrat” routinely appeared in the masthead.

Perhaps the AJC will become a truly-honest broker of information, as they say they want to be now. However, as Jason said, “…but I’m skeptical that it will give candidates that promote the free-market or less government solutions a fair shake. We should all take a wait-and-see attitude here.”

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10 Responses to “Atlanta Journal-Constitution to no longer endorse candidates”


  1. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    What a pathetic lie! Of course they will go on endorsing candidates. They have been doing it in most of their “news” articles.

  2. steveegg says:

    Now why am I not surprised?

  3. Anthony says:

    I don’t know the AJC’s orientation, though I assume it’s liberal Democrat, but “we won’t endorse” is usually a dodge to allow a paper to pretend impartiality while slanting their coverage to favor their preferred candidate.

    I honestly wish our papers were more like Britain’s, which are openly Right or Left and make no bones about it.

  4. twolaneflash` says:

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is liberal and Democrat from the front page to the want ads. The AJC is owned by the billionaire Cox sisters, inherited from their father James M., who was the Democrat candidate for president in 1920. He lost to Warren Harding. Cox’s running mate was FDR, who brought socialism to America in a deep and abiding way. Hopefully, the AJC will follow the other yellow rags into oblivion and bankruptcy. The AJC is one of many Cox media assets, which include radio and tv stations. Their money has advanced leftist causes in America from FDR till today.

    Note from steveegg – Just because I’m a card-carrying member of the Ace of Spades HQ Moron Nation, that doesn’t mean I’ll let just anything slide here. Because the main part of the comment is worthy of posting, I did edit what the author called the paper in question. For the record, had it been posted at No Runny Eggs, I would have said “Amen” to the name given to the paper.

  5. proof says:

    Translation: We are hemorrhaging readers at a rate where we just can’t afford to alienate any more readers by actually taking sides.

  6. 2Hotel9 says:

    They will only endorse Democrat candidates from now on. No amount of money will get anything positive about any real America running for any office printed on their fishwrap. That way they can claim to be impartial, to the Democrat candidate/incumbent in whatever race they are supporting Democrats in. Which will be ALL races and ALL Democrats. See how easy impartiality and the hold of non-biased opinions are?!?!

  7. Kate says:

    So…they are returning to being a paper that reports the news instead of making it?

    I love this line from “A Christmas Story”…..Dad is reading the morning paper and is enthused about an article that reveals how some one swallowed a yo-yo….Mom replies, “Oh, they will put anything in the paper.” to which Dad replies…”What do you mean? That’s real news, none of that politics slop!”

    Wish they’d get back to that…

  8. Carlos says:

    In the AJC’s opinion, the only politicization of their paper was when they actually did endorse a candidate for a particular office in the editorials. What they wrote on the other pages was real news, and, because it was on those other pages, unbiased and not intended to encourage or demean any candidate.

    Just shows how out of touch they really are, if they expect any thinking person to really believe that all of a sudden all their “reporters” will suddenly stop with the loaded adjectives in their “news” coverage.

    And, of course, they know that their politics is mainstream. After all, they don’t know anyone who disagrees with their opinion.

  9. Neo says:

    Fooled me once .. shame on me
    Fooled me twice .. shame on you

    With a shrinking market, the AJC can’t afford to fool anybody

  10. Carlos says:

    A lot of the people I know in our liberal little burg would take the paper again and read it, but the liberal bias in it is designed to cater to the academic community here. In other words, there’s very little thought and little real news in any edition of it, Sunday through Saturday.

    And for years now they’ve been wringing their hands and wondering why their circulation is barely enough to keep it afloat.

    I will admit to buying one every Sunday AM during football season, just to read about the previous day’s game. And then use it to protect the floor while I clean out the pellet stove.

    That is, in it’s entirety, all the rag is worth.