• Dallas Morning News Breaks 75 Year Tradition to Endorse Hillary

    The Dallas Morning News just did something it hasn’t done since before World War II: It endorsed a Democrat for president! In a Tuesday editorial, the DMN editorial board recommended Hillary Clinton for the nation’s highest office, citing her

    “… experience in actual governance, a record of service and a willingness to delve into real policy.”

    The endorsement is a shocking departure for Dallas’ only surviving daily newspaper, once known for its great sports, business and comic sections. Indeed, for the past 75 years, and the last 20 elections, the conservative-leaning DMN has always endorsed a Republican for president. The last Democrat it endorsed was FDR!

    The move caught many people off guard, including Seton Motley, president of Less Government, a DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the power of government and protecting the First Amendment from governmental assault. He told Daily Surge:

    The allegedly center-right DMN just abdicated its role as a member of the Fourth Estate by endorsing a radical Leftist like Hillary Clinton for president.

    “It’s one thing to find fault with Donald Trump,” Motley said. “I can almost fathom standing down this cycle, but to choose to proactively endorse the horrendous Clinton is simply unconscionable.”

    Steve Eager, a news anchor for the Dallas Fox News affiliate station was so surprised that during an interview with Dallas Morning News opinion page editor Keven Ann Willey, he asked if the paper’s endorsement of Clinton over Republican Donald Trump was all just a publicity stunt designed to generate sales.

    In the DMN editorial, the board says it finds Trump’s values

    “… hostile to conservatism. He plays on fear — exploiting base instincts of xenophobia, racism and misogyny — to bring out the worst in all of us, rather than the best. His serial shifts on fundamental issues reveal an astounding absence of preparedness. And his improvisational insults and midnight tweets exhibit a dangerous lack of judgment and impulse control.”

    The DMN is just another in a long list of big city daily newspapers to endorse Clinton. But does it really matter because a big part of Hillary Clinton’s base is millennials, and in this age of FOMO (fear of missing out), how many millennials have even read a newspaper in their lifetime?

    CBS News says the paper’s endorsement isn’t likely to make much difference at all in the deep-red state of Texas come November. It notes the DMN editorial board endorsed John Kasich in the Republican primary election there, but Texas’ own U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz still ran away with the state garnering 44 percent of the vote, while Kasich attracted a mere 4 percent support.

    And Callum Borchers, writing in The Washington Post, says: “As with any newspaper endorsement, the impact is uncertain. Trump still seems certain to win Texas, although his single-digit lead there is slimmer than one might expect for a Republican. Mitt Romney won the state by 16 points in 2012.”

    Kenneth Artz

    Kenneth Artz is a news reporter for The Heartland Institute, covering health care, energy and the environment, education, and budget & tax news. He has over 20 years’ experience in nonprofit organizations, publishing, newspaper reporting, and public policy advocacy, and has worked as a newspaper reporter for several papers in Texas, and as a writer/editor for the National Center for Policy Analysis.

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