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PARKER: TNT should make its own endorsements

Letter by Richard Champion, Federal Way on Feb. 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm | 7 Comments »
February 2, 2012 12:54 pm

Re: “Is Romney ‘too perfect’ for voters to identify with?” (Kathleen Parker column, 2-1).

This was yet another in a series of columns by Parker either championing Mitt Romney or attacking his Republican opponents.

Parker, known as a moderate conservative, clearly has chosen her candidate and will do her best to use her column to see that he receives the Republican nomination.

Let’s look back on some of Parker’s other columns that have appeared in The News Tribune.

There was “Maybe Romney’s flip-flops were sincere changes of heart” (TNT, 12-1), in which she explains away Romney’s apparent lack of consistent values as mere maturation. There was “A truly nice guy (Romney) is swimming with sharks” (TNT, 11-13). She’s even been so bold to pick his running mate with “Florida’s Rubio might be Romney’s best choice for VP” (TNT, 1-4).

On the other side, there was “Thank goodness Sarah Palin heeded God’s message” (and didn’t run for president, TNT, 10-7). Or “Republicans will love Rick Perry – and go down in defeat” (TNT, Lately she’s attacked Gingrich with “If he’s paid like a lobbyist and talks like a lobbyist . . .” (TNT, 1-25).

My problem is that by The News Tribune consistently reprinting her columns, her aims become The News Tribune’s aims. If The News Tribune wants to endorse Romney, it should do it. Instead, by consistently including her work in their newspaper, intentionally or unintentionally, The News Tribune is obstensibly endorsing Romney, too, but in a surreptitious way.

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