More newspapers ending practice of political endorsements


NEW YORK (AP) — Once a key part of the political season and an important role for newspapers, editorial endorsements of candidates are fading away.

A recent announcement that newspapers controlled by the Alden Global Capital hedge fund would no longer endorse candidates for president, governor and U.S. Senate is the latest indicator of the trend.

In many cases, endorsements have become victim to both the news industry’s troubles and the era’s bitter politics.

After many newspapers advised against voting for Donald Trump as president in 2016 — and he won anyway — many news organizations wonder if it’s worth alienating readers when they’re hard enough to come by.

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