The Dallas Morning News recently endorsed Hillary Clinton, a move which was unusual as the paper normally endorses the Republican candidate. Their readers have reacted by cancelling their subscriptions.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Dallas newspaper editor: ‘We’ve paid a price’ for endorsing Clinton
The Dallas Morning News has experienced a noticeable decline in subscriptions following its endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
“[S]ome people have cancelled their subscriptions, so we lost some customers at a time when it’s tough to lose customers,” editor Mike Wilson told the Washington Examiner Tuesday evening.
Earlier, in an interview with Poynter, Wilson said the Dallas Morning News experienced some unpleasant pushback after it announced its support for Clinton, breaking its more than 75-year-old tradition of endorsing GOP candidates for president.
“Certainly we’ve paid a price for our presidential recommendation, but then, we write our editorials based on principle, and sometimes principle comes at a cost,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of conversations with readers lately, and I respect their views and their right to disagree with us. The most important thing to us is that they vote, even if it’s not for our favorite candidate, because democracy doesn’t work if people don’t vote.”
Wilson said he hopes that those who’ve unsubscribed in anger will at some point return.
“I believe The Dallas Morning News offers a lot of value to readers — even when they disagree with a particular editorial view,” he said.
Some people were so upset with the Dallas Morning News’ endorsement of Clinton, that protesters actually showed last week outside the paper’s offices.
As the saying goes, they chose… poorly.
They were perfectly within their rights to endorse Hillary Clinton, but their readers are within their rights to stop reading the paper.