About the San Diego Union-Tribune's Fiorina endorsement
Those of you who aren't regular readers of Times editorials but caught the San Diego Union-Tribune's endorsement Sunday of GOP Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina may be under the false impression that we endorsed likewise. The Union-Tribune's editorial opens thusly:
Though The Times' editorial in support of Boxer wasn't all sanguine about her reelection, noting briefly that her influence in the Senate is not commensurate with her seniority, the board by no means issued a half-hearted endorsement of the incumbent. The piece praised Boxer for being right on nearly every issue for which she has cast a vote -- the most important job of a senator -- and criticized Fiorina for reflecting the "doctrinaire conservatism that is ascendant in the Republican Party." The Union-Tribune could have at least noted that The Times endorsed Boxer and that the San Francisco Chronicle withheld its support from either candidate.
Misrepresentation aside, it's a bit cheap for a paper to make its case by selectively citing less politically conservative editorial pages. The Union-Tribune doesn't need The Times' help in persuading people whom to vote for -- especially not when we disagree.
-- Paul Thornton