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I can't endorse NYT's approach

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By Peter Funt

The New York Times provided lessons in both journalism and television Sunday night, by way of bad examples.

First: If a newspaper believes in making political endorsements it shouldn't balk when a tough call comes along, leaving voters more mystified than before.

Second: The ingredients that create a compelling reality-TV show ("The Apprentice" comes to mind) are not the same as those that make for honest political opining.

After spending "more than a dozen hours" interviewing most of the major candidates seeking the Democrats' nomination for the presidency, the Times declared itself unable to choose between Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, so it endorsed both. Readers were advised to deal with it "in the privacy of the voting booth."

That, of course, is the essence of the argument many publishers use to explain why they do not make political endorsements in the first place. The Times, however, has a long history of issuing pointed recommendations ― going back to 1860........

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