Posted by Phil Andrews
In-house discussions are once more underway about producing an endorsement editorial during this federal campaign.
It's a very live and unresolved subject at present.
Some very different possibilities are being pondered from such editorials in previous elections.
In recent years, the Mercury has backed a range of parties in its endorsement editorials. Regardless of the thrust of these arguments, they have rankled many locals. There are polarized views surrounding whether newspapers ought to publish such opinion articles.
It was an interesting observation by the auditor of the recent election compliance audit for the City of Guelph on the issue of newspaper endorsement editorials. In discussing whether candidates should have to claim, as financial supports to their campaigns, promotions done by third-parties, he cited the example of an endorsement editorial by a newspaper as something that some folks might see costed-out in this regard.
I'm not ready to go there. A subject for another day perhaps.