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Date Posted: 01:48:03 07/24/16 Sun
Author: U.R. Fired
Subject: Is the Block hierarachy leaving an endorsement hint?

Food for thought.

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2016/07/24/Candidate-Trump-Believe-it-or-not-but-he-could-become-president/stories/201607240141

Earlier this year rumors flew the PG and Blade would endorse Trump in the primaries. They didn't, and the points about his rust belt following are well taken. But editorials like this one raise eyebrows about what the fall might bring. Of course newspaper publishers can endorse who they please, but if the diversity-minded Blocks were to have their papers endorse a candidate widely derided as a bigot based on his own comments, that could eliminate what little cred they have left, especially in Pittsburgh where the PG is already on shaky ground.

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[> Re: Is the Block hierarachy leaving an endorsement hint? -- Bingo Bob, 08:47:52 07/24/16 Sun [1]

The Blocks are not diversity-minded, in fact may be the precise opposite. To refresh your memory:

https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/jack-kelly/2015/09/13/Jack-Kelly-Remnants-of-slavery/stories/201509130074

and

http://observer.com/1999/08/allan-block-is-worth-more-than-100-million-and-hes-seeking-a-wife-in-new-york/

It is entirely possible the PG and the Blade will both endorse Trump and everyone in both newsrooms knows it.

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[> [> Re: Is the Block hierarachy leaving an endorsement hint? -- Make Pittsburgh Journalism Grating Again, 21:07:47 07/24/16 Sun [1]

The newsroom exodus will continue at both papers and perhaps accelerate at the PG as staffers seeing the end nearing and embarrassed by Block Nation's stupidity bail out. I never cared for the Trib, especially when Scaife was propping it up to be what it never could be. But with the PG trying to mask their reactionary side and fading quality behind noble rhetoric, stupid courtesy titles and Shribman's non-prestige, I give the Trib props for being honest about their philosophy, unlike the Blocks.

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