Press: To Endorse or Not

Editorialists hesitate and the Washington Post opts out

Voters who have had a hard time working up enthusiasm for either George Bush or Michael Dukakis have been learning from their local newspapers that they are not alone. Last week the trade weekly Editor & Publisher reported a surge, from 32% in 1984 to 55% this year, in the proportion of papers that had either decided not to endorse a candidate or remained undecided. Several that did endorse, including the New York Times and Dukakis' hometown Boston Globe, voiced uneasiness about both men. And in a striking setback for Dukakis, the liberal Washington Post, which had endorsed every Democratic candidate...

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