In its 126 years of existence, The Arizona Republic has never endorsed a Democratic candidate for president, until Tuesday, when the paper’s editorial board endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. That move has led to cancelled subscriptions, and in a troubling development–death threats.
“We’re getting a lot of reaction both locally and national,” Arizona Republic editorial director Phil Boas told KPNX in Phoenix. “I don’t believe true readers of the editorial page are surprised by this at all, because over the past year we have been writing scathing, scalding articles about Donald Trump.”
In endorsing Clinton, the Arizona Republic joined a number of papers this year whose editorial boards had rarely endorsed Democratic candidates before this election, including the Dallas Morning News, The Cincinnati Enquirer and the Houston Chronicle.
When it endorsed Clinton, the Dallas Morning News, too, experienced a wave of cancelled subscriptions. “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,” Dallas Morning News editor Mike Wilson told Poynter then.