This year, The Oregonian will not be endorsing a candidate for president. The access and close observation that inform our endorsements for state and local offices and Congress do not apply in a national race; our CNN-level view of the presidential race is similar to everyone else’s.
Here’s what Portland’s alt-weekly has to say about that:
Insiders say Publisher N. Christian Anderson III didn’t want the paper to endorse President Obama, as it did in 2008 before Anderson became publisher. Endorsing Republican Mitt Romney could reprise the backlash from liberal Portland that the paper faced in 2000, when it endorsed George W. Bush. Anderson says those explanations are wrong.
He tells WW [Willamette Week] he wants The O’s editorial and commentary to be more local. And he adds, “I’m convinced there aren’t any readers waiting with bated breath for a top-of-the-mountain proclamation from The Oregonian telling them how to vote in the presidential race in November.”