11-04-2012, 12:55 PM
Let the excuses begin!

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">According to the University of California, Santa Barbara American Presidency Project study of the top 100 newspaper editorial endorsements, Mitt Romney has seen a vast wave of switches from 2008 Obama endorsers. Obama, meanwhile, has seen only one newspaper that endorsed John McCain come around to endorse him. At the same time, many newspapers have also switched from Obama to “no endorsement.”

Here are the stats. As of today, 11 newspapers that endorsed Obama in 2008 have now endorsed Mitt Romney:

The New York Daily News;
Long Island Newsday;
Houston Chronicle;
Fort Worth Star-Telegram;
Orlando Sentinel;
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel;
Nashville Tennessean;
Des Moines Register;
Illinois Daily Herald;
Los Angeles Daily News;
Los Angeles Press-Telegram.

The only newspaper that endorsed McCain in 2008 and has switched to Obama now is the San Antonio Express-News. Meanwhile, another seven papers that endorsed Obama in 2008 have switched to no endorsement. </div></div>

11-04-2012, 01:12 PM
With regard to a more complete picture of endorsements:

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> So far, the race for endorsements is shaping up to look much like the presidential campaign itself — President Obama enjoys a slight lead, but has lost ground since 2008. As of Friday evening, he led Mitt Romney 18 to 16 in major newspaper endorsements [...]</div></div>

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The four biggest swing-state papers -- The Denver Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Tampa Bay Times, and The Plain Dealer of Cleveland -- have all endorsed the president.

It’s still early, though, and about two-thirds of major papers had not issued their endorsements as of late Friday. </div></div>

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Though it’s not likely to help the president get to 270 electoral votes, he can take solace in an Oct. 19 endorsement from the San Antonio Express-News. The paper is the only one of the top 100 so far that has shifted its support to the president after endorsing McCain in 2008. According to the endorsement’s headline, “Obama has earned a second term.”

For a paper that endorsed Obama’s opponent when the Democrat was riding a wave of optimism four years ago, the Express-News endorsement stands out even more for the solidly positive review it gives Obama’s first term. </div></div>

National Journal (http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/tight-race-for-newspaper-endorsements-reflects-state-of-presidential-campaign-20121026)

To be clear, the 'no-endorsement' shift by some papers apply to all endorsements. They are doing none of them, not just 'no-endorsing' the presidential race.