Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Nill of Endorsement

Grandpa JohnOctober will always be that time of the year to be wary of the all the little ghosts and ghoulies and goblins and newspaper candidate endorsements. Lake County's newspaper of record, the News-Sun, famously stopped doing election endorsements:
What we will not do is endorse candidates. We have come to doubt the value of candidate endorsements by this newspaper or any newspaper, especially in a day when a multitude of information sources allow even a casual voter to be better informed than ever before.
Editorial: Why we will no longer endorse in elections
But just when you thought it was safe again to go out and get a newspaper, the Daily Herald -- Lake County's newspaper of record -- has drawn a line in the sand:
There are a number of media critics who question the value and the seeming audacity of newspaper endorsements. We understand the argument. But we respectfully disagree with it. We believe that endorsements are part of our obligation to the community and to the role of the press in the democratic process.
Editorial: A word about our political endorsements
And to show they mean business, the Herald led off by dis-endorsing Eighth District Congressman Joe Walsh:
Endorsement: Duckworth over Walsh in 8th Congressional District
Walsh is Lake County's only marquee candidate. Your LakeCountyEye would be surprised if anyone at all showed up at the polls just to cast a ballot for a Congressman with a name like Hultgren or Dold or Roskam. But Lake County voters are expected to jam the polls on election day, just for the opportunity to cast a ballot against Walsh -- or for him as the case may be. All of this is despite the fact that Walsh's district, geographically, is nowhere near Lake County.

So your LakeCountyEye thinks the old gray Herald has done Lake County a disservice by dropping the dime on Walsh. It is no secret that your LakeCountyEye secretly wishes that Joe Walsh makes like Freddie Kreuger and never goes away.

Your LakeCountyEye heartily endorses Joe Walsh. For something.

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