Taking a left turn in the Lone Star State

Thursday, September 8, 2016
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Hillary and Chelsea DNC (1)A major newspaper in the heart of conservative Texas is endorsing Hillary Clinton, the first time that paper has backed a Democrat since before World War II.

Editors at The Dallas Morning News say the decision to endorse Hillary Clinton did not come easy. But just two paragraphs later they write the election is no contest. She is the only candidate, they write, that is willing to delve into "real policies."

"Clinton has remained dogged by questions about her honesty, her willingness to shade the truth," the newspaper editorial admits, though the choice between her and Trump is "no contest." 

Mike Norman, an editor at the neighboring Fort Worth Star-Telegram, says while his community is fairly conservative, Dallas…is different.

"They have a long history of recommending Republicans in presidential races," he notes. "But in this year's race is it a surprise that they picked a Democrat over Mr. Trump? No."

The endorsement is strange, though, because the editorial board writes that its values are individual liberty, free markets and a strong national defense – all rallying cries for Republicans and seeming anathema to Democrats.

Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas, and a Trump supporter, says he's seen the paper turn sharply left in the last few years.

"You have to understand, The Dallas Morning News is also a very pro-LGBT, pro-abortion newspaper," the pastor tells OneNewsNow.

Still, he says the paper has tied itself in knots trying to explain its departure from Republican endorsements.

"It's a very convoluted reasoning that they offer in their editorial," Jeffress observes. "Most of their attacks against Donald Trump are that he's a xenophobe and he's a racist because, truthfully, because he favors secure borders."

It's hard to reconcile that with a paper that says it values a strong national defense, he adds.

 

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