1. A brief history of newspaper lingo

    In 1971 journalist Hunter S. Thompson coined the term gonzo journalism, a kind of experimental journalism in “which facts are deemed to be less important than perceived underlying truth (especially where deliberately altered consciousness is involved).”

     

  2. Some bad news for newspapers. 

     

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  5. The publication: The New Yorker
    The endorsement: Obama
    The key quote: "The reëlection of Barack Obama is a matter of great urgency. Not only are we in broad agreement with his policy directions; we also see in him what is absent in Mitt Romney — a first-rate political temperament and a deep sense of fairness and integrity.
    The context: "If you spell reelection with an umlaut," one GOP insider tells Politico, “odds are your endorsement will go for Obama.”

    The publication: Reno Gazette-Journal
    The endorsement: Romney
    The key quote: "It wasn’t an easy decision. A recommendation against an incumbent can’t be taken lightly… However, while [Obama] had to contend with a Republican Party that was determined to deny him a second term at any cost, Obama cannot avoid the consequences of poor decisions and misplaced priorities."
    The context: "Somewhat offsetting the pro-Romney votes of the Gazette-Journal and the Las Vegas Review-Journal,” says The Associated Press, the Las Vegas Sun has endorsed Obama for president, “taking a different direction than Nevada’s two other largest newspapers” in this swing state.

    The publication: Cleveland Plain-Dealer
    The endorsement: Obama
    The key quote: "Four years ago, this newspaper’s editorial board enthusiastically endorsed Barack Obama… our endorsement this year comes with less enthusiasm or optimism. Obama has changed — and it’s more than gray hair. The unifier of 2008 now engages in relentless attacks on his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The big dreamer of 2008 offers little in the way of a second-term agenda. There is a world-weariness unseen four years ago."
    The context: Obama won the backing of two of the three most important newspapers in this critical swing state, says Leigh Ann Caldwell at CBS News, but both — the Plain-Dealer and the Akron Beacon Journal, “offered less-than-ringing support.”

    8 major news outlets’ presidential endorsements