Time editor: I don’t get why newspapers endorse candidates

“At a time when newspapers are trying to ensure their survival by attracting younger readers, the idea of endorsements is both counterproductive and an anachronism,” says Time managing editor Rick Stengel. When papers take sides in presidential elections, he argues, they undermine the very basis for their business, which is impartiality. “It’s a recipe for having less influence, not more.”

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