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46 Newspapers Abandon Obama

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:24 AM

A handful of influential newspapers in the past several days joined dozens of others in turning away from Barack Obama after endorsing his candidacy in 2008.
The theme of several of the editorials endorsing Mitt Romney, according to the Republican National Committee, was trust that he could guide the economy back to health and that Obama had failed in delivering his promise of “hope and change.”
As of Monday, the total number of newspaper editorial boards that backed Obama in 2008 and changed their minds in 2012 stood at 46.
Liberal-leaning Newsday of New York, for example, which covers Long Island, surprised readers this week when it wrote, “Had Barack Obama done the job of president with the same passion and vision he displayed in seeking it, he would likely deserve another term. He did not.”
New York City’s biggest tabloid and the country’s fifth biggest newspaper, the New York Daily News, wrote, “We valued Obama’s pledge to govern with bold pragmatism and bipartisanship. The hopes of those days went unfulfilled.”
A paper in another solid blue state, the Norwich Bulletin of Connecticut, weighed in this way:  “The partisan climate that he promised to heal has grown worse.”
The editorial board of a key swing-state paper, the Herald Standard of Uniontown, Pa., wrote, “Much like the rest of the country, the debate raged on between the two sides. But when it came time to take a vote, the majority of the board sided with Gov. Romney and the overwhelming need for change. Four years of Obama was enough, they maintained.”

The complete list includes:

1.      The Des Moines Register
2.      Quad-City Times
3.      The Telegraph [Nashua, NH]
4.      Reno Gazette-Journal
5.      Orlando Sentinel
6.      Sun Sentinel [Fort Lauderdale, FL]
7.      Naples Daily News
8.      Florida Today
9.      Pensacola News Journal
10. Wisconsin State Journal [Madison, WI]:
11. Bucks County Courier Times
12. The Intelligencer [Doylestown, PA]
13. Herald Standard [Uniontown, PA]
14. The Daily Tribune [Royal Oak, MI]
15. The Daily Reflector [Greenville, NC]
16. The Daily Herald [Chicago, IL]
17. Journal Star [Peoria, IL]
18. Statesman Journal [Salem, OR]
19. Houston Chronicle
20. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
21. San Angelo Standard Times
22. The Tennessean
23. Los Angeles Daily News
24. Long Beach Press-Telegram
25. Inland Valley Daily Bulletin [Ontario, CA]
26. The Reporter [Vacaville, CA]
27. The Daily Breeze [Los Angeles, CA]
28. The Sun [San Bernardino, CA]
29. Pasadena Star-News
30. Newsday [Melville, NY]
31. The Daily News [New York, NY]
32. The New York Observer
33. The Columbian [Vancouver, WA]
34. The Bulletin [Norwich, CT]
35. Billings Gazette
36. Casper Star-Tribune
37. The Herald Dispatch [Huntington, WV]
38. Bluefield Daily Telegraph
39. Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise
40. Journal And Courier [Lafayette, IN]
41. The Star Press [Muncie, IN]
42. The Joplin Globe
43. The Shreveport Times
44. Burlington County Times [Willingboro, NJ]
45. Cape Cod Times
46. Worcester Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)

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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:24 AM
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