Reading between the lines.
So far, this election has been filled with unprecedented events, largely thanks to the candidates themselves as well as Trump’s often unorthodox, but influential, campaign.
If you’ve been following the news, chances are you’ve heard Donald complaining that a heavily biased media is unfairly supporting Hillary in spite of the allegations he and others have made against her. And when you look at the numbers, it’s not surprising to see why he’s so upset.
To date, a total of 316 daily, weekly, and collegiate magazines and newspapers have endorsed Hillary Clinton, while only six—that’s right—have endorsed Donald Trump. Do you think the problem is with the media or with Trump himself?
Though it may look like she takes the cake when it comes to endorsements, a student newspaper at Yale, where Hillary went to law school, just released a statement explaining why they refuse to endorse her.
But is there more to it than meets the eye?
Historically, newspapers have chosen to support candidates come Election Day, often spending time, energy, and money writing articles to support them. Other newspapers, however, have always refused to endorse any candidate, even while publishing salacious stories both for and against various politicians.
This year, several publications broke from their traditions of remaining politically independent in order to support a candidate. Perhaps the most famous recent example was USA Today.
On September 30, USA Today released an article explaining that, for the first time in its 34-year history, they were taking a side in the presidential race.
“This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.
“From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.”
The article went on to clarify, “Nor does this editorial represent unqualified support for Hillary Clinton, who has her own flaws (though hers are far less likely to threaten national security or lead to a constitutional crisis). The Editorial Board does not have a consensus for a Clinton endorsement.”
It ended, however, by saying, “Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.”
The Yale Record
Since 1872, The Yale Record has been a humor magazine published at Yale University; in 2002, it became the oldest humor magazine in the entire world.
Known for its long-standing popularity and for its many alum who went on to work at larger publications such as The New Yorker, The Record is one such newspaper that prefers to poke fun at the political climate instead of getting directly involved in it.
On October 26, however, the newspaper published the article “The Yale Record Does Not Endorse Hillary Clinton.”
At first glance, they blame their tradition of not endorsing candidates, as well as for their strong opinions on federal tax code. “In its 144-year history, The Yale Record has never endorsed a Democratic candidate for president. In fact, we have never endorsed any candidate for president. This is, in part, due to our strong commitment to being a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, which mandates that we are ‘absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.’
“This year’s presidential election is highly unusual, but ultimately no different: The Yale Record believes both candidates to be equally un-endorsable, due to our faithful compliance with the tax code.”
Considering that Hillary is a Yale alumna, the newspaper’s refusal to endorse her may seem surprising, if meaningful, to many. But then the article goes on to discuss Clinton further…