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  Why we won't make recommendations
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Oct 26, 2012 11:41pm
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CategoryRule Change
AuthorDavid D. Hynes
MediaNewspaper - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
News DateFriday, October 26, 2012 02:20:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWhen I was appointed editorial page editor nearly two years ago, I pledged that our pages would be "fiercely independent" and that we would "offer a marketplace of ideas."

That's what we have tried to do. And that's why we have decided that the Editorial Board should get out of the political endorsement business. We will analyze key races this fall, but we will not make recommendations.

The reason for this change goes to the heart of our mission: to provide a forum in print and online for thoughtful, provocative commentary.

Our editorials are but one of the voices in that ongoing discussion, a discussion that increasingly is occurring at our website, on mobile devices and over social media. Jay Rosen, an expert in new media and a press critic at New York University, had this to say in an email to me in response to our decision:
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