The Chronicle’s Delusions of Grandeur

by Randy Shaw on July 31, 2008

In its lead editorial on July 30, the San Francisco Chronicle urged Barack Obama to join John McCain in a debate before the Chronicle Editorial Board. The proposed event was suggested by McCain, and (what a surprise!) drew applause from the Chronicle, which claimed he “gets extra points for proposing a unglossed, unscripted, groundbreaking version of the presidential debate in the bluest of states and at a newspaper that last endorsed a Republican for president in 1992.” Considering the Chronicle Editorial Board lacks national stature, and the paper has led the nation in circulation losses in recent years, the Chronicle hardly deserves consideration for the site of a presidential debate. Bay Area voters will certainly understand Obama’s rejection of the paper’s offer.

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