Today, the Houston Chronicle — Hearst’s largest daily paper — endorsed Hillary Clinton: a paper that rarely endorses Democrats for President (Barack Obama was the first Democrat the paper endorsed since LBJ in 1964) and never endorses this early in the cycle.
The Chronicle editorial page does not typically endorse early in an election cycle; we prefer waiting for the campaign to play out and for issues to emerge and be addressed. We make an exception in the 2016 presidential race, because the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is not merely political. It is something much more basic than party preference.
My question is this: how many editorial boards throughout the country will let Oilpatch’s Pennysaver have the jump on them? Will this endorsement by Texas’s Number Two daily paper begin a groundswell of massive early endorsements from newspapers? Papers whose boards realize Our Liberal Media has abrogated their responsibility in 2016 by enabling Donald Trump to achieve his hostile takeover of the GOP?
(Also: Will the Houston Chronicle’s reporters be permitted to continue to cover the Trump campaign?)
Who’s gonna let the Houston Chronicle be out there, alone, for very long? Will other Editorial Boards across the country recognize their imperative: step in, help Americans realize the stakes, highlight the difference this election means to America? Who else will be responsible, right now?
Or will they continue to pretend to be spectators, acting as if they didn’t help this happen to our country?