“Iowa's largest newspaper has endorsed Mitt Romney, delivering a blow to President Barack Obama…these conversions could be telling of a national trend.”
Yes, the trend you folks have of data manipulation.
Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 02:20 PM PDT
With eight days to go before the 2012 election, 71 daily and 31 weekly or twice-weekly papers have endorsed Obama; 102 daily and 27 weekly newspapers have endorsed Romney.
It should be noted that 20 of Romney's weekly endorsements come from small-circulation papers in Minnesota owned by Forum Communications.
So, eliminating those 20, and you’re saying Romney has 7 more endorsements than Obama. What does an endorsement actually do? It provides readers of those papers someone else’s opinion. Whether or not the readers are influenced is dubious at best. But if they are, what’s the important factor...how many papers picked one over the other? No, of course not. It’s how many readers in each of those cities read the endorsement to be exposed to that influence. Whether or not they act accordingly is anyone’s guess...but if they do, check out these numbers. (And these INCLUDE the 20 small papers in Minnesota) Almost two to one...and not in support of your purported “national trend.”
Total circulation of the newspapers endorsing Obama: 14.4 million
Total for Romney: 8.6 million
Think 8 million difference matters? If endorsements matter, I would think so. Romney actually has a lead in the total number of endorsements in swing states...but whether they are the right papers, remains to be seen. For example, here in the all important state of Ohio, Romney is endorsed by The Columbus Dispatch and The Cincinnati Enquirer. Obama by The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Akron Beacon Journal and The Toledo Blade.
Total Circulation for Romney endorsements = 280,188
Total Circulation for Obama endorsements = 428,826
Do people even read newspapers anymore? We’ll see.
In the last election the Democrats were bragging about how many newspaper editors support Obama, not they are saying that newspapers are old hat and no one really cares any longer. Gee, I wish they could pick a position and stick with it.
And the difference is? The political opinions of newspapers, networks, and magazines are typically the opinion of the editor or of a few making up the editorial board of that particular rag. It means what? Zero! Most are considered part of the liberal MSM media and when one of the falters from the plan it is news...and that is all it is news. Much ado about nothing.
Polls indicate whom the pollsters or those paying for the polls think will win or is ahead. The only thing that matter and counts are the VOTES! Get off your sorry duffs, America, and vote.
Again, the media (and liberals) is attempting to get the American people to listen to them peeing in the wind while the world spins on by.