Monday, February 04, 2008

The Manchester Union-Leader you aren't

The Knoxville News-Sentinel endorsed Barack Obama and John McCain in tomorrow's primary, respectively.

On McCain:

McCain, at 71, having survived as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, might be
considered Obama's exact opposite, but he has shown a remarkable resilience in
coming back from having been written off early in the campaign, with primary
wins in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida.

A recent Wall Street Journal article identified McCain's Republicanism
as more Theodore Roosevelt than George W. Bush. We think that, after the last
eight years, a majority in the nation will be OK with that. Although some
contend he is anti-business, McCain defines his role differently. "I'm not
anti-business," he told the Journal. "I'm anti a process that gives them special
favors, leverage over average citizens."


Note that there is no discussion of McCain's record on immigration, but considering their McCain endorsement today, the editorial board at the KNS continues to prove that it has the editorial bias many of its local critics accuse it of having, especially considering that McCain's record on immigration is out of step with the views of a majority of Tennesseans. John McCain is likely to be in a tight race here, and it is clear that the News-Sentinel is trying to do their part to insure that McCain wins in a split conservative vote tomorrow.

There are a few news outlets who can say they are editorially conservative and still get away with endorsing John McCain because of their past editorial record. The News-Sentinel does not hold a place in that group.

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4 Comments:

At Monday, February 04, 2008 4:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David,
" ... who can say they are editorially conservative and still get away with endorsing John McCain ..."
Who else is there?

SteveMule

 
At Tuesday, February 05, 2008 7:21:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Steve;
The Manchester Union-Leader and the Boston Herald both endorsed McCain, and both take a conservative editorial line-the Union-Leader extremely so.

 
At Tuesday, February 05, 2008 9:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David,
Your point is?? KNS did those other papers did but the KNS isn't conservative? How's that work?

SteveMule

 
At Tuesday, February 05, 2008 11:17:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Steve;
The KNS isn't conservative-their editorial board has plenty of agendas of their own, as do most of the liberal papers (New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, etc. who have endorsed McCain. The KNS has a liberal editorial record, so do those papers I mentioned.

My point is that the Union-Leader and the Herald are the exception (because of their conservative editorial line) in McCain endorsements, not the rule.

 

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