New York may be one of the nation’s bluest cities, but one of its largest tabloid newspapers is red in the face.
With less than two weeks to go before voters head to the polls for the presidential election, The New York Post became the first major newspaper in New York City to publish an endorsement, officially backing Governor Mitt Romney for President. Remember that the Post is owned by the same parent company that owns Republican propaganda machine Fox News Channel.
“Four frustratingly long years ago, a war-weary and economically battered America took a flier on a savior,” wrote The Post in the lede sentence of its front-page editorial published today. “It didn’t work out. … The Post today endorses the candidacy of Mitt Romney for president of the United States.”
The editorial, in 581 provocative words, echoed the Republican platform that President Obama is bad for small businesses, bad for job creation and bad for our allies.
The article was published with a photo spoofing the 2008 Obama “hope” poster, featuring a red-and-blue Mitt Romney and the words “only hope.” Mitt Romney, The Post wrote, is “a man with the experience, the temperament, the principles and the knowledge to address America’s economic woes instead of just blaming others.”
The paper claimed that Obama “has sown rancor and confusion” throughout the world, and that he has caused “a cataclysmic breakdown of U.S. leadership in the Middle East.”
The Post’s argument was vigorous, but lacked substantial background information. The editorial only cited one statistic: the nation’s $16 trillion debt.
But as likely the only major newspaper in New York that will support the Massachusetts governor, The Post’s choice of persuasive techniques to sway voters to pull the lever for Romney was through a plea of passion.
The Post’s editorial board argued:
Americans need jobs—jobs for those trying to raise a family, jobs for those who are leaving school, jobs period!
Instead, they are about to be saddled with an unworkable health-care boondoggle that will suck hundreds of billions from a private-sector economy that could better use the cash to create — yes — more jobs!
Can Mitt Romney really turn all this around? Yes, he can.
The Daily News and The Times have yet to publish their 2012 endorsements, but both supported the Illinois Democrat in 2008—and both are likely do to so again. The Times has been publishing editorials for weeks criticizing Romney and the Republican platform.
“On foreign policy, the subject of Monday night’s final presidential debate, he had little coherent to say and often sounded completely lost,” The Times editorial board wrote in its October 23 editorial, the day after the final presidential debate. “That’s because he has no original ideas of substance on most world issues, including Syria, Iran and Afghanistan.”
The Post, on the other hand, said of Romney, “In the debates, Americans saw a leader.”
The tabloid’s endorsement of Romney, though, will likely have little effect in the ultra-liberal city of New York—especially under a system that awards electoral-college votes on a winner-take-all, state-by-state basis. It is improbable that The Post’s editorial will convince enough New Yorkers that Obama should be a one-term president.
But The Post wanted to ensure its voice was heard.
“America is not working right now,” the editorial argued. It then asked if four more years of Obama would fix anything. No, it said before concluding, “Mitt Romney for president.”