It’s not who the Plain Dealer endorsed. It’s how.
The choice is enough to question the seriousness of top editors.
Atop the Forum page, this past Sunday’s editorial section of the PD, was a 7-inch deep, page-wide photograph of a smiling LeBron James. He is holding, of course, a basketball. What that has to do with a Presidential election you decide.
The photo proclaimed with these words: “In the matter of our endorsement for president of the United States of America…” and then opposite James’ smiling face, “We agree with his choice: Hillary Clinton.”
What more proof would you need?
What does he have to do with the Presidential election, you may also ask?
Really nothing. Absolutely nothing.
It was the introduction to a “most unconventional endorsement,” we are told by Chris Quinn, vice president of content and writer of the endorsement. (VP, whatever happened to editors by the way?) Please bring them back, Advance Ohio, and stop this corporate speak.
Even Quinn apparently recognized the folly of his approach, writing, “Yes, this is a stunt, a gimmick.”
Are we going high school, Chris?
Sports have long become the model of this daily newspaper. It’s so much easier to put out a sports paper than a newspaper.
They can’t seem to avoid this kind of lowering the quality of journalism in town.
“We say, quite simply, we agree with LeBron James’ choice of Hillary Clinton,” Quinn writes of the PD‘s endorsement of the former Senator and Secretary of State.
Do you really have to hang this decision on the choice of a sports hero? Don’t we have enough pandering of sports figures?
By the way, editorial board member Kevin O’Brien was one of a couple of board members who didn’t write his take on this election.
Hard to believe that hard-right Kevin couldn’t come up with a reason to vote for the deplorable Donald Trump.