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Why Newspapers Endorse Candidates/History of the Editorial Page

Guests: Bob Caldwell Editorial Page Editor, The Oregonian Fred Hiatt Editor, Editorial Page The Washington Post Mitchell Stephens Professor, Journalism, New York University Acting Chair, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, New York University Author, A History of News (Harcourt Brace, 1997) Michael Lacey Executive Editor and Co-Founder New Times newspaper It's the time of year when newspapers endorse political candidates. The New York Times gave the nod to Al Gore. The Seattle Times, which last favored Bill Clinton, endorsed George W. Bush. Join guest host Melinda Penkava for a look at how newspapers decide which candidates to endorse and how endorsements affect a newspaper's mission to provide objective journalism, on the next Talk of the Nation from NPR news.

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