You’ve probably heard about the fact that many conservative-leaning newspapers have endorsed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 election. Papers including the Arizona Republic, Cincinnati Enquirer, Dallas Morning News, and the San Diego Union Tribune made rare endorsements of the Democratic candidate, some for the first time ever.
Our friend Loren Collins, who ran in last year’s special election in House District 80, and is a certified write-in candidate on Georgia’s presidential election ballot, compiled a list of papers endorsing Trump and came up with eight, led by the Las-Vegas Review-Journal, owned by Trump Funder sheldon Adelson. Add the endorsement of the Ku Klux Clan Crusader, and the list gets to nine.
Today, Augusta Based Morris Newspaper Group doubled that number.
Morris’s three Peach State papers, the Athens Banner Herald, the Augusta Chronicle and the Savannah Morning News had separate editorials today.
The pro-Trump editorials stretched across most of the Morris properties, from Florida, to Kansas, to Texas, to Alaska.
The Conway Arkansas Log Cabin Democrat simply republished the Chronicle’s editorial, and if the Amarillo, Texas Globe News plans to post a Trump endorsement, it hasn’t yet done so.
In a press release, Morris Communications CEO W.S. Morris IV explained the endorsements. In Athens, Blake Aued at the Flagpole was not amused, subtweeting their real feelings in the article’s URL. The Jacksonville ABC TV station reported on the endorsement by the Times Union.
An anonymous staffer at the Times-Union said some reporters worried it would take years – maybe decades – for the damage to the paper’s credibility to be repaired due to this endorsement.
“TU employees debated Friday what was worse,” the staffer said, “this endorsement or the editorial 10 years ago defending slavery.”
The election is two days away. It can’t come soon enough.