Sun-Times to stop endorsing politicial candidates

January 23, 2012

Michell Eloy

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The Chicago Sun-Times building in downtown Chicago

After more than 70 years of publication, The Chicago Sun-Times says it plans to stop endorsing political candidates through its editorial pages.

The Sun-Times announced the decision in its Monday paper through a joint statement by the Publisher John Barron and Editorial Page Editor Tom McNamee.

In the statement, the board questioned the relevance of the more than century-old practice of newspaper endorsements. The board said it "doubts 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."

The editorial went on to say editorial endorsements "don’t change many votes," and added many readers believe them to "promote the perception of a hidden bias by a newspaper."

The Sun-Times would not comment outside of the editorial published Monday.

Chicago Tribune's editorial page editor, Bruce Dold, said that while The Sun-Times' decision doesn't mean the loss of its editorial voice, the paper is "moving away from what ... is a critical piece of it, having that voice on who should be in leadership and government positions."

Dold said the Tribune's editorial board will continue to endorse candidates.

The Sun-Times said it will keep publishing editorials on civic issues.