It seems that the Orlando Sentinel is supporting Romney because they feel that both the US House and Senate are going to be controlled by Republicans. Even in their endorsement, the Sentinel claims that Romney isn’t their ideal candidate for President. Still, when it comes to the reasons why they endorse Romney, their comments are about as hollow as Mitt Romney’s platform.
Of course, the Sentinel basically gives general reasons why they want Romney. First of all, they say he has “leadership”. Yes, so did General Custer, but did that help him. But they claim that his experience at Bain Capital gives him the “leadership” to turn around this country. In addition, they talk about how he “turned around the Olympics in Salt Lake City”. As someone that actually attended the University of Utah at the time, it wasn’t all Romney that made that happen. A lot of that money was provided by the governments both locally and federally.
Still, even with that being said, the Sentinel talks about Romney’s “five-point plan”. Of course, President Obama has been asking Mr. Romney to elaborate on this so-called plan in the last two debates, and not just bring up bullet points. But Mr. Romney still talks in general terms and never explains the details. He also doesn’t explain how he is going to pay for his $7 trillion tax cut and increased spending in government.
This is where the hypocrisy of the Orlando Sentinel comes into play. Over the last few years, the Sentinel has been complaining about the state government in Tallahassee and their lack of fiscal understanding. In addition, they talk about how the GOP in both the Florida House and Senate are more concerned about social extremism instead of the fiscal issues facing the state. Of course, they have a legitimate argument. But in the case of Mitt Romney, he comes up with a plan where he doesn’t explain how to pay for anything, and also increases spending, and the Orlando Sentinel is fine with that. Pot meet kettle?
On the other hand, this is what the Sentinel says about Obama:
We reject the innuendo that some critics have heaped on the president. We don’t think he’s a business-hating socialist. We don’t think he’s intent on weakening the American military. We don’t think he’s unpatriotic. And, no, we don’t think he was born outside the United States.
Even with that said, they identify that the economy is bad. They talked about how other presidents have had the same issue and have been able to pull us out of the economic fire. The Sentinel sites Bill Clinton’s recovery as their “it is possible” example. First, Obama doesn’t have a “tech boom” to help us out. Second, the recession under Clinton wasn’t as bad as the one left by Bush 43. That is just a pure fact. Rome wasn’t built in a day. I guess according to the Orlando Sentinel, Franklin Roosevelt shouldn’t have been given a second term in 1936 because unemployment was at 16% and the economy wasn’t exactly progressing fast enough. Thank God that didn’t happen. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the Orlando Sentinel endorsed Bush in 1992 and Dole in 1996. Therefore, they never endorsed Bill Clinton, yet they praise him in this endorsement of Romney.
The Orlando Sentinel hardly mentions what Mr. Romney did in Massachusetts. Usually, if someone is running for president, there might be some mention of their previous political positions and what they stood for while in that position. But nope, the Orlando Sentinel just side-steps that one. They covered their ears, closed their eyes and didn’t want anything to do with those issues. So, how can an endorsement be taken seriously when there is only one sentence about his time as Massachusetts governor?
Maybe there is a reason that candidates are refusing to be part of any Orlando Sentinel interviews. It almost seems that the Sentinel has their mind made up before they even conduct the interviews. Therefore, why should anyone attend. If someone is an incumbent that hasn’t rocked the boat too much, or is in a leadership position, the Sentinel will more than likely endorse them. The only time where their endorsements come in handy is when they make decisions in races that nobody knows either candidate running for office.
With this endorsement of Romney, the Orlando Sentinel truly has to ask themselves if they want to be taken seriously. For some reason, they apply different standards to different candidates. As mentioned previously, if they were to apply the same standards to the presidential race as they do Florida legislative races, then they would easily endorse President Obama. But their thinking seems to be highly skewed.
Two years ago, I wrote a post about the Orlando Sentinel. In that article, I stated that I think the Orlando Sentinel just picks who they think is going to win the State of Florida. In this case, I think they are doing the same thing. Their endorsement of Romney is very weak and doesn’t give the readers any ideas about what they, the Sentinel, feel Romney will do for the country.
The Orlando Sentinel is finally on the verge of becoming Central Florida’s tabloid newspaper. It seems as if the Orlando Sentinel has “selective hearing” when it comes to this endorsement. They like to talk about how Obama does nothing, yet they fail to stress that he has had to deal with a filibuster in the US Senate throughout his entire term. While the Orlando Sentinel slams candidates for “not having a firm grasp on the issues”, I think the same thing can be said about the Orlando Sentinel’s Editorial Board.
Yep, Orlando Sentinel, you have just lost all credibility.