Today, we roll out our endorsements for the midterm elections. You will find that The Post Editorial Board didn’t endorse any candidates this year and only voiced our thoughts on Issues 1 and 3.
There’s a reason for that.
It’s not because we don’t feel any way about the candidates or because we feel like this election isn’t important. In the short 20-ish years the majority of us have been alive, we haven’t seen elections as wild as these — especially for midterms.
In a certain regard, we find endorsing candidates interferes with the integrity of our reporting on them throughout the election season. We try to be as independent as possible when covering races that are important to our base.
We also have an understanding that many, but certainly not all, members of the media favor Democrats. We know this. You know this.
Our newsroom has a wide range of political views. Baker 325 hears conversations on the ethics of capitalism, constitutional rights and just about every other political topic you could imagine. Because of that, we don’t want our readers to think our publication favors one candidate over another.
Endorsements were only made on issues because we believe that, as a media platform, we still have a duty to inform our readers what we think is best for our state and community.
Thus, our editorial board — consisting of executive editors Lauren Fisher, Alex McCann, Jessica Hill and Abby Gordon — said “yes” to both Issues 1 and 3 in an effort to tell our readers where our mind is at when it comes to the world around us. Managing Editor Maddie Capron, who is also part of the editorial board, abstained from the process due to her involvement in our election coverage.
Just because The Post Editorial Board feels this way about these issues doesn’t mean our newsroom at large feels the same way.
This note was written by Opinion Editor Chuck Greenlee and edited by Editor-in-Chief Lauren Fisher.