“We have come to doubt the value of candidate endorsements by this newspaper or any newspaper, especially in a day when a multitude of information sources allow even a casual voter to be better informed than ever before,” the Sun-Times says in its no-more-endorsements story. “Research on the matter suggests that editorial endorsements don’t change many votes, especially in higher-profile races.”
The paper recently changed hands, and I wonder if the new owners are behind this change. (The lead investor gave $25,000 to McCain-Palin in 2008, and gave the same amount to Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral campaign last year.) I’ve send the question to publisher John Barron and will post his response when it comes in. I’ve also asked Chicago Tribune editorial page editor Bruce Dold to comment on his rival’s decision.
* Why we will no longer endorse in elections