Letter: Newspaper's job is to inform, not endorse
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To the editor:
It is truly unfortunate that many corporate held newspapers in today's market endorse political candidates, the Echo included. Is the reason because they want to persuade their readers to vote one way or another? Or that their corporate guidelines encourage endorsing one party versus the other?
How can their general reporting on candidates then be unbiased? It can be very difficult to convince the reader that the newspaper is not prejudiced, no matter what the party being endorsed is. Isn't it the job of the newspaper to inform and educate? Not endorse? Their job should not be to tell their readers who they should vote for.
The Echo, in my opinion, does a fair job of informing readers of the candidates backgrounds and viewpoints, which is their role. In the future, it would be my hope that the goal of the Echo and their corporate brain-trust, would be to stick to educating and informing their readers, not endorsing.