Newspapers: Breaking Precedents

With less than a month to go before Election Day, newspapers across the country were continuing to get off the fence and lining up behind a presidential candidate. The effort was upsetting precedents, leaving more than one patch of pants on the barbed wire. The Los Angeles Times, which had backed Nelson Rockefeller against Goldwater in the California primary, decided to stand by individual liberty, private enterprise and Barry Goldwater, thus remaining in the G.O.P. column for its 84th year. The New York Herald Tribune, with an even longer record—more than 100 years—as a Republican stalwart, said: WE CHOOSE JOHNSON....

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