NH Union Leader endorses Gingrich for president while blaming media for voter indecision

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The front-page editorial endorsing the former Speaker of the House and GOP presidential hopeful reads, in part:

Our nation is in peril, yet much of the attention has been focused on fluff, silliness and each candidate’s minor miscues.

Truth be known, many in the liberal media are belittling the Republican candidates because they don’t want any of them to be taken as a serious challenger to their man, Obama.

Publisher Joseph McQuaid elaborated on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal”:

The polls show that [Mitt] Romney maintains a lead, which is understandable … but the polls also show a tremendous amount of indecision on the part of the voters. And we said in the editorial that we thought that part of that was what has been the national media focus to date on the Republican campaign, which has been to really magnify every little mistake any one of them makes and not concentrate on the broader issues.

McQuaid explained how the endorsement was decided:

There’s no great behind-the-scenes process. There are precisely two of us at the paper who write the editorials, myself and Drew Cline, who runs our editorial page, and he’s been in on all the meetings with the candidates, although I’ve had occasion to go out to dinner with one or two of them separately to try to size them up as individuals. And we talk about it and we came to the conclusion a few weeks ago that it really came down to two or three candidates and who was going to best grab the moment and not really be a manager if he got into office.

Cline told CNN Sunday morning that those two candidates were Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

The paper, which has a conservative editorial voice, has endorsed many presidential candidates who did not go on to win the nomination or the election. View front page here.

Earlier this week, freelance writer Fergus Cullen explained what NH endorsements say about the presidential race“:

Leading in endorsements, as in the polls, is “Undecided.” The majority of state office holders, 52 percent, have not committed to any candidate. With just seven weeks to go, most of those probably never will.

Do endorsements matter? In New Hampshire, yes. …

Thomas Caldwell at The Citizen said only Ron Paul has visited his paper, based in Belknap County, where the entire legislative delegation is Republican. “They’re mostly bypassing us,” Caldwell said. This week Jon Huntsman became the first candidate to visit the Salmon Press chain of weekly papers. Rick Perry eschewed editorial boards entirely in Texas, but is doing some here.

Editorial boards are much tougher than town hall meetings where, contrary to primary mythology, most questions are predictable and repetitive. This week Herman Cain appeared clueless about Libya while speaking to an editorial board in Wisconsin, which by the way is not an early state. Cain is not the only candidate to conclude that editorial board meetings can do more harm than good.

Also earlier this week, publisher McQuaid gave thanks for the paper’s near-miss with Cain:

I was going to write about Herman Cain and the “interview that wasn’t” here at the Union Leader last Thursday, but it’s not worth much ink. We had an earlier interview here with him and I found him a likeable, intelligent guy with a good sense of humor. But Cain is going nowhere fast this presidential season, so I will only say that (a) he is not well-served by his staff; and (b) it is funny that in an era when candidates complain about the drive-by media, the Cain campaign cancels an hour-long interview with the state newspaper.

McQuaid also expressed gratitude that “the Union Leader and most other New Hampshire newspapers remain independently owned and operated.”

I thought of this the other day when reading that longtime Concord Monitor Publisher George Wilson had died. His Monitor, and Lebanon Valley News, are worthy competitors and adversaries. It is no easy task to compete with the faceless and remote mass and massive media these days. But as a Granite Stater, I’m thankful so many do.

CNN details the paper’s past endorsements:

The conservative Union Leader editorial page has a history of passing over the front-runner in its selections. The paper endorsed Ronald Reagan in 1976 and 1980, Deleware Gov. Pete DuPont in 1988, Reagan aide Pat Buchanan in 1992 and 1996, businessman Steve Forbes in 2000, and Arizona Sen. John McCain in 2008.

Related: Gingrich meets with Union Leader editorial board || Previously: Newspaper endorsements shift from GOP to split in last 40 years | Are endorsements a journalistic obligation? | Do newspaper endorsements matter? | Don’t blame us, we endorsed…

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  • Anonymous

    Heh. So, no surprise, the only people left here are the kookiest of the kommenter kooks, repeating stuff they heard on Fox and talk radio. Bill Ayers is even mentioned! (He was hidden by the liberal media during the campaign — great stuff.) Old Skool, yo! 

    Where’s that guy with the Omega Man identity, though? He would kind of tie the room together like Lebowski’s rug.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LO2JK3G7PS3QNCIX7LCVYTIRFU TorchOnHigh

    The “Old News Media” is a frickin joke! Nothing more than press secretaries for Obama “Their Man”

  • Anonymous

    The media IS to blame but not for voter indecision – for voter misinformation. If the media had actually vetted O during the 2008 campaign, he wouldn’t have become president. Since the media is in the bag for the dems, they didn’t do any vetting what-so-ever. That fact is glaringly apparent.

  • http://twitter.com/FlaFan FlaFan

    There’s an editorial that fits the category of “Should have writers’ names attached.”

  • Anonymous

    No other president has sealed his records.

  • http://www.allourlives.org/ TooManyJens

    I didn’t say you were spoonfed every piece of information you want. I was comparing him to former presidents. Honestly, do we have kindergarten records for all the other presidents? Funny how you weren’t demanding all this before.

  • Anonymous

    His past is portioned out by the liberal media and other segments were well hidden before his election, like Bill Ayers and Van Jones. The liberal media sarted reporting this almost a year after his election, even though it was available before.
    Obama’s Sealed documents:
    1 Certified copy of original birth certificate (Only one person allowed to examine original document)
    2 Columbia University transcripts
    3 Columbia thesis paper
    4 Campaign donor analysis requested by 7 major watchdog groups
    5 Harvard University transcripts
    6 Illinois State Senate records
    7 Illinois State Senate schedule
    8 Law practice client list and billing records/summary
    9 Locations and names of all half-siblings and step-mother
    10 Medical records (only the one page summary released so far)
    11 Occidental College Transcripts
    12 Parent’s marriage Certificate
    13 Record of baptism
    14 Selective Service registration records (Did Obama Actually Register for Selective Service?
    15 Schedules for trips outside of the United States before 2007
    16 Passport records for all passports
    17 Scholarly articles
    18 SAT and LSAT test scores
    19 Access to his grandmother in Kenya
    20 List of all campaign workers that are lobbyists
    21 Punahou grade school records
    22 Noelani Kindergarten records are oddly missing from the the State of Hawaii Department of Education.
    23 Page 11 of Stanley Ann Dunham’s divorce decree.
    24 Why isn’t Barack Obama still a member of the Illinois bar and where are all of the relevant documents?
    25 Why isn’t Michelle Obama still a member of the Illinois bar, after only about four years of practice, and where are all of the relevant documents?

  • http://www.allourlives.org/ TooManyJens

    Obama only has a “mysterious past” if you don’t read and get all your news from right-wing conspiracists. There’s probably more information in the public record about his background than most modern Presidents prior to their election.

  • http://profiles.google.com/56george92 George Johnson

     Hhahahahaha!
    Considering the (left wing) bias in the media today, you’re whining about one “right wing” paper?
    Just about everything out there, can be considered part of the propaganda wing of the dimocrat party (getting thrills up their lef, feeling faint… printing photo’s of obama the lawless with halo’s on his head, the list is endless), and you’re whining about this one paper??
    My God, you’re either, so partisan you can’t see the truth out there, or so mis-informed you have no idea it’s happening, or you’re simply blind (and I think a blind person would be more informed than you).

  • Anonymous

     That’s rich.

  • Anonymous

    What have they done to themselves? What you are seeing is a very careful selection process for the next 2 term president to lead us out of the Obama disaster. Nobody vetted Obama as mysterious a past as he had, nobody did what is going on now on the republican side. We will weed out the less effective ones, right in front of the nation. We don’t conceal the past or argue away terrible things about the candidate like the democrats and the media have done for Obama. The democrats have been in a struggle to continually defend Obama, no matter how terrible the economy, how many cases of fraud and corruption, and how he tries to divide this country.
    If you compared the corruption and failures of the Obama administration to a couple of mishaps in a debate by the republicans, it’s a mountain compared to a molehill.

  • Anonymous

    What have they done to themselves? What you are seeing is a very careful selection process for the next 2 term president to lead us out of the Obama disaster. Nobody vetted Obama as mysterious a past as he had, nobody did what is going on now on the republican side. We will weed out the less effective ones, right in front of the nation. We don’t conceal the past or argue away terrible things about the candidate like the democrats and the media have done for Obama. The democrats have been in a struggle to continually defend Obama, no matter how terrible the economy, how many cases of fraud and corruption, and how he tries to divide this country.
    If you compared the corruption and failures of the Obama administration to a couple of mishaps in a debate by the republicans, it’s a mountain compared to a molehill.

  • J B

    Only a right-wing paper could conclude that it’s the media’s fault for reporting the facts about what the candidates have done to themselves.