We Pick You!

For the first time in 35 years, the Los Angeles Times will endorse candidates in the presidential primary, and, later, a candidate for president. The newspaper stopped endorsing candidates after the Watergate scandal with Nixon, whom they had endorsed repeatedly. Fast forward to today: they're bringing it back. Author and former Times staff writer Dennis McDougal joins us today to explain why. At a time when newspaper readership is down and they're struggling to hold their own against other media outlets, one can't help but wonder, how much of an impact will a newspaper's endorsement have on voters' decisions? So tell us, how do newspapers affect your opinion of the candidates?

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Incredible that anyone would be influenced by a newspaper endorsing a candidate. Are we a nation of sheep that have to be led and told who to vote for? I pride myself on picking the candidate that I feel in my heart will be the best for this country at this time. . . and it certainly isn't either of the minority twins that all the media can talk about!

Sent by Ms. Jill Mueller | 1:12 AM | 1-22-2008

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