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Re: “The Chicago Tribune’s endorsement of Gary Johnson for president might be as cunning as it is ridiculous

My theory is that the absurdity of Trump has given newspapers a rare 21st Century moment of non-irrelevancy by allowing a dozen (and counting) titles to gain the world's ear by endorsing their first Democrat in 147 years. The Trib wanted in on this attention and attempted to gain it by going tin foil hat with their endorsement. I think the Sun Times might have been trying to catch some extra attention as well by being America's only paper to endorse Clinton with Messianic praise. Plus, they got the extra boost of running USA Today's Trump takedown/non Hillary endorsement. Sadly, I fear this false boom may help hasten the death of print as, quite frankly, I'm not sure how I'll engage with the newspapers after they are forced to move past Trump's daily catastrophic revelations/inane utterances and the compelling think pieces about DT's non-thinking.

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Posted by jake_austen on 10/04/2016 at 3:03 AM

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