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A 'Weak-Kneed' Newspaper Is No Newspaper at All

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

A 'Weak-Kneed' Newspaper Is No Newspaper at All

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It seems that professor (Allan) Wolper, in his somewhat misguided attempt to define newspaper ethics ("Journalists Shouldn't Play Endorsement Game," November 2013), has succumbed to the very hand-wringing, offend-no-one stance that got the printed media into its readership downslide in the first place.

Wolper maintains that the abundance of blogs and other social media opinion outlets makes newspaper endorsements meaningless and perhaps dangerous to their own future. And he opines that political endorsements undermine a newspaper's credibility as it covers politicians and other news.

I run a 130-year-old weekly in a rural and rather conservative community, and, at least editorially, take a rather liberal and progressive stance. But my readers know that my personal proclivities never interfere with my reporters' coverage of the community. And in the case of political races, in addition to general news profiles, we always give every candidate the opportunity' to address issues and we print their responses verbatim with no potentially subjective reporter's hand in the mix. …

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