'Newsday' to Endorse Kerry
Newsday of Melville, N.Y., plans to endorse John Kerry in its Sunday edition, editorial page editor Jim Klurfeld revealed Friday, adding that the decision followed a discussion in which both candidates were found to have serious negatives.
This marks the fifth straight presidential election in which the paper has backed a Democrat since returning to endorsements in 1988 after a 16-year hiatus. "There was a feeling that the case against Bush was very strong. We felt that Bush had split the country further." Klurfeld told E&P Friday.
...Newsday also finalized plans to withhold endorsements in at least five of the 30 state legislative races within its circulation area because editors do not believe either candidate is worthy. "Either because the incumbent was too much a part of the problem or the challenger did not offer an alternative," Klurfeld explained. "We said the bar has to be set very high."