Obama wins Slate staff's votes


Twenty-nine of the 35 Slate staffers who answered the publication's quadrennial survey of employee voting plans will be pulling a lever for Obama. Politics writer Dave Weigel's going for Gary Johnson, publisher Matt Turck is voting for Romney, and Brian Palmer didn't register in time. ("I live in New York, though, so neither candidate cares about my vote anyway," he writes.)

If publications doled out electoral votes, Slate's would go in the blue column. Romney and Johnson each got two votes, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein got one.

"Slate's voters tend to skew young and all polls show younger voters favoring the Democrat," Editor David Plotz writes in an introductory post. "And we are journalists. To quote Kinsley: 'No doubt it is true that most journalists vote Democratic, just as most business executives (including most media owners) vote Republican, though neither tendency is as pronounced as their respective critics believe. This is a natural result of the sort of people who are attracted to various careers. It is not the product of any conspiracy.' "

But most Slate staffers are clustered in Obama country anyway, Plotz writes.

The only Slate staffer casting a meaningful vote is managing editor Rachael Larimore, who lives in Ohio. She’s supporting Romney.

Plotz later corrected the post to note that senior editor Dan Kois lives in Virginia and intern Mark Stern "votes in Florida."

Are journalists getting more transparent about how they'll vote? Related: Reason staffers say who, if anyone, they're voting for (Reason) | Patriot-News managing editor says column in which political writer Robert Vickers revealed how he'll vote was "a hard sell" | Journalists who've donated to Obama and Romney (Politico)

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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