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chiburb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-21-04 08:34 AM
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Chicago Tribune "explains" their Bush endorsement...
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The Public Editor has a column in which he parts the curtains to explain who makes the decision and why...


I have not written much in this column about the Editorial and Commentary pages of the Tribune--the opinion pages. There is such a thing as being too close to your subject and, after having been in charge of those pages for more than nine years, I was too close.

But after the furious response by so many readers this week to Sunday's presidential endorsement editorial--there easily were at least 2,400 communications to editors, reporters, customer service representatives and the letters editor--it clearly is time to end that self-imposed moratorium.

Besides canceling subscriptions and telling us we must have taken leave of our senses for endorsing President Bush, readers asked a host of basic questions about the opinion pages.

Who makes the decisions on endorsements? Who sits on the editorial board? How does the board operate? What standards or principles do members of the board apply in making their decisions? Does the Tribune ever endorse anybody but Republicans for president? Why does the newspaper make endorsements at all? How does a "Republican newspaper" manage to operate in a Democratic city?

Good questions all, and I'll attempt to answer them in this column.

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