Sun-Times To Quit Making Endorsements

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s an election year, but don’t look for the Chicago Sun-Times to tell you which candidates it favors.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, for the first time in its 71-year history, the Sun-Times says it will not make endorsements in the upcoming elections.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

The paper says its editorial board will provide readers with clear and accurate information about candidates’ positions, and will post their questionnaires online. Subscribers can also watch videos of the Sun-Times’ interviews with candidates online.

But the paper will no longer make endorsements.

In an editorial published Monday, the Sun-Times essentially said as a newspaper endorsements are passé at a time when there are so many other sources of information that “allow even a casual voter to be better informed than ever before.”

The editorial went on to say research shows endorsements don’t change many votes anyway, but readers often complain that candidate endorsements show a hidden bias.

Ironically, it was complaints of bias on the part of the Chicago Tribune that in part motivated Marshall Field III to found the Sun-Times in the first place, the editorial said. Field felt it necessary to push for President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and the entry of the U.S. into World War II, in contrast to Col. Robert McCormick and his isolationist and anti-Roosevelt Tribune, the editorial said.

However, the editorial is quick to point out, that was a bygone era “when many American newspapers were unabashedly partisan, and not necessarily only on the editorial page. Not unlike news shops on cable TV and the Web today, they catered to a core of readers who thought very much like them.”

Today, newspapers’ goal is to appear to the widest readership they can with unbiased news coverage.

“They want to inform you, not spin you,” the Sun-Times said.

The Sun-Times went on to call editorials “telling you what to do.”

“As many of you have told us, you can make up your own mind, thank you very much,” the editorial said. “We endorse that opinion.”

  • justavoter

    Why bother endorsing a candidate when they endorse Obama. They will ask Obama what his favorite color is while attacking every republican they can find and protect liberal democrats in the process. Go Newt!

    • THEE Yard Ape

      STANDING OVATION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • eel

      totally true in this case, but the idea of news papers endorsing anybody is totally wrong and only damages the credibility of journalism. News papers should not allow themselves to endorse anybody simply out of principle.

    • Brian

      The problem for the Sun-Times is that they want to endorse Obama, but they can’t because of the lousy job he’s done. But they hate all the Republicans in the race. Therefore, they will just stop doing endorsements.

      • Rahm

        The Sun-Times isn’t qualified to endorse anyone. Their regular columnists (at least one of whom is on the editorial board) are profoundly ignorant. One blamed her bank for an increase in her property tax bill. Another, an alcoholic wife beater, touts himself as an opera buff but had never of Donizetti. To top it all off, they have Jesse Jackson. as a regular op-ed contributor.

      • Donny

        Id they were to endorse Obama their paid circulation would go from bad to worse.

      • Mike J.

        Spot On !

      • Paul


  • Ron Burgandy

    They don’t have to endorse anyone because as long as it ends in (D) that’s all that matters to them.

    • Chris

      My local paper is the same way. They only endorse Republicans for very minor offices; and the only reason they do that is so they can point to them and claim to be non-partisan.

      I’m going to write to them and offer to do their presidential endorsement for them. All I have to do is endorse Obama and repeat Democrat talking points word-for-word. I can have it to them 10 months early, and they can pay me a fraction of what they pay their regular guy to write it. It’s a win-win!

    • steve

      You don’t have to read their editoral page to see which way that paper leans. Nearly every columnist they have posting their opinions on the pages of the paper are liberals…and not just run-of-the-mill liberals–very delusional liberals. Mary Mitchell cannot write a column that doesn’t talk about being black or racism; Richard Roeper can’t write a column unless he’s bashing someone on the right, especially Sarah Palin.

      I cancelled my subscription to this rag a long time ago. Tribune is no better. They’re just another liberal paper.

  • Johnnie Flukie Redding

    Does that mean Lynn Sweet is going to stop trying to enter the men’s locker room at the East Bank Club while Hussien obama is showering himself?

    • ablecynic

      Does B. Hussein O. ever shower alone?

  • marco polo

    Who buys that liberal garbage..there is only one paper in chicagoland worth buying and thats the daily herald.Hopefully liberalism dies like the chicago sun times.

  • Zip1

    Thats good, news agency shouldn’t be in the business of pushing this candidate or that one. They want to report stories or whatever great, but don’t say this is the one. Let people decide

    • Archy

      Zip1: They “push” candidates by deciding what stories to print and which to not print. Not endorsing a candndate means “We’re not going to endorse Obama, cause we can’t endorse a Republican, and if we endorse Obama and he loses we’ll have to answer questions about all the questions about Obama we ignored in 2008. Get it?

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  • Ombudsman Wanted

    President Obama, who is Reverend Wright, and which specific anti-Semitic teachings that you sat under for 20 years do you now reject?

    President Obama, who is Tony Rezko and what was your relationship?

    President Obama, who is William Ayers and what was/is your relationship?

    President Obama, who is Vera Baker and what was/is your relationship?

    President Obama, who is Lawrence Sinclair and what was/is your relationship?

    President Obama, who was Donald Young and what was your relationship before his death?

    • Jack Kennedy

      look out for the obama sycophants as they whine that you are a racist…………….its all they’ve got, cuz they cant win the argument and they know that oblamo cant defend his record

    • Larry Burdge

      Presbo to Ombudsman Wanted: I don’t know who you’re talking about,,AUH,,Do they vote?…. But I do know Hillery.

  • Larry Burdge

    News print, and/or national media, has been in the tiolet for Dems for decades and now they decide that they’re not going to print what they want people to think? I don’t believe it, . Just like an addict giving up crack, not gonna happen. Even if it continues to kill them.

  • TeaRunner

    Oh dear, how will I find the answers to such compelling questions as the newest elected communist’s favorite food and the latest way Republicans are trying to destroy the world?


    HUMM, their bottom line must be affected because of the negative press and bias towards the real problems in Democrat controlled Chicago.

    • Archy

      Actually, Chicago is losing population, and the burbs are not generally as Democrat as the City. Their allegiance is shifting from the old Irish Daley Machine to the emerging Rahmbo gang.

  • Alex Armstrong

    But wait. All those people who have gotten through life without any government issued identification…they have access to so many sources of information and are more informed than ever before?

  • Obamaroid Ointment

    Even the True Believers @ the Un-Times are embarrassed by Barry.

    • Archy

      Actually, there’s no indication that they are embarassed. When recently asked, they stood by their endorsement of Barry.

  • conservativemama

    They don’t want to lose more subscribers.

    • Smokey the Bears

      journalism has never had any integrity, and has always been leftist.even more so in the 1800’s. Nothing new here, just being politically convenient. in 2016 they will be right back at endorsing the leftist candidate, Hillary.

  • Get Real

    Now all they need to do is fire all the blatant liars they have that call themselves “reporters”, and hire people that know how to present information in an unbiased way.

    The job of any news source is to keep an eye on ALL government, not just the ones they don’t agree with. If they were unbiased in filling their role as a watchdog, there would be far less corruption on BOTH sides of the aisle.

  • robert g

    But if they don’t recommend a candidate how will I know who NOT to vote for.

  • Archy

    Down 27% in circulation since 5 yrs. ago, the ST is circling the drain. Who cares who they endorse, or don’t endorse.

    The paper is now run by Rahm Emanual. 10 of the 12 members of their new board contributed to his election a total of $241K. So all of a sudden they’re going after Mayor Daley’s nephew for a 7+ year old homicide on Rush Street?

  • Jim Wilson Tucker

    good post thanks

  • Jim Wilson Tucker


    An impressive list of accomplishments!

    First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.

    First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.

    First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.

    First President to violate the War Powers Act.

    First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

    First President to defy a Federal Judge’s court order to cease implementing the Health Care Reform Law.

    First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.

    First President to spend a trillion dollars on ‘shovel-ready’ jobs when there was no such thing as ‘shovel-ready’ jobs.

    First President to abrogate bankruptcy law and turn over control of major companies to his union supporters.

    First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.

    First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.

    First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.

    First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.

    First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.

    First President to arbitrarily usurp congress, declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.

    First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke-out on the reasons for their rate increases.

    First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which State they are allowed to locate a factory.

    First President to join with a foreign country and file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).

    First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.

    First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.

    First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office.

    First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.

    First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.

    First President to go on multiple global ‘apology tours’.

    First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends; paid for by the taxpayer.

    First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.

    First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.

    First President to repeat the Holy Qur’an and tell us the Islamic call to worship is the most beautiful sound on earth.

    First President able to break all these laws, be openly corrupt and get by with treason,
    simply because he is black

    • obozosux

      Your articulate thorough summation of the criminal subversive nature of the imposter in the white house is the single most impressive post I have EVER read. Thank you, you made my day!!!!!

    • President_Food_Stamp

      First President with Two Kenyan Illegal Immigrant Family Members – Aunt Zeituni and Uncle Omar – living the good life on the dole in Massachusetts, 100% on the backs of US Taxpayers…

    • Jack Kennedy

      its not fair to use facts against the obamabots/liberals

    • Bruce

      Excellent post

  • Scott A

    You can not claim to be unbiased and then endorse a particular candidate or how people should vote on an issue.

    I wish more so called “news” papers, television stations, and other sources realized this.

    Report the news, do NOT make the news should be first and foremost on any journalist, editor, and executive of any news agency.

  • Satch

    They will do “clear and accurate information about Candidates positions.” That’s the catch phrase here. The Sun already knows what Obama’s position is,(Socalisim),so the Sun will just pick the Republican Candidate apart and try to destroy him for Obama. Nothing new to see here folks,move along.

  • Barry

    I guarantee you that the only reason they’ve adopted this policy is that they don’t want to endorse Obama, but they know they’ll catch hell if they don’t.

  • Jake

    If they aren’t going to endorse Sotoro they won’t endorse anyone.

  • Marshmount Montgomery

    “I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.”
    – Frank Lloyd Wright


  • Marshmount Montgomery

    “I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.”
    – Frank Lloyd Wright

  • John Poland

    HaHa !! When you can’t Endorse Who YOU WANT TO..Because You Know it makes You Look Rediculas….Just Don’t Endorse ??? Do they feel they would Alienate Readers ??? I Guess SO !!
    Somethime You Say More …By Not Saying Anything……Than Printing a Full Page Ad Endorsing Someone!!

  • Rick

    Wonderful! After endording the Daley Machine on a National Level and dragging us into trillions of dollars in debt, loss of civil liberties and an economic depression they admit that they are wrong! When Obama’s Brown Shirts/DEPT. OF JUSTICE, start taking over all free speech, I hope the Sun-Times is one of their first targets. They should have taken this stance many years ago.

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