A conservative media watchdog says the recent endorsement of
Mitt Romney by several newspapers in some battleground states could
sway some voters in the presidential election.
The Columbus Dispatch in the critical battleground
state of Ohio recently stated, "Romney has real-world experience to
lead the nation out of economic malaise." The Republican
presidential nominee has also been endorsed by The
Tampa Tribune and the Orlando Sentinel in the
battleground state of Florida, as well as the Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review, The Arizona Republic and the Fort
Tim Graham, director of
media analysis at the Media Research Center, says such
endorsements could have an impact, depending on the
"I think that it's more newsworthy when someone's not a reliable
Republican when it comes to their editorial page position," he
remarks. "For example, if you endorsed Obama last time and you
endorse Romney this time, I think it could be to some extent
indicative of what other Obama voters may be thinking."
Whether newspaper endorsements actually sway voters' minds
depends on the individual reader.
"If you've been a subscriber to one of these papers for a long
time and you seem to think that they're sound and reasonable
people, then that will have an effect on you," he indicates.
But on the other hand, Graham concludes that if a reader
discounts the editorial bias of a newspaper, its endorsement of a
particular candidate does not mean as much.