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The Newspaper Endorsements [Update]

A newspaper endorsing a presidential candidate doesn’t carry as much weight as it used to, but still, it’s fun to keep track of them. Because we like fun (it’s fun!), here is a list of which paper has endorsed which candidate. So far, Barack Obama is in the lead. What does that mean? Probably nothing!

You can use this list as a way to figure out who is going to win — Obama or Mitt Romney — in November, or simply as a reminder that newspapers still do this kind of thing. We’ll keep updating this list as more papers publicize their choice. Please let us know if we miss any.

UPDATE:
Obama maintains lead, 31 to 27.

Newspaper Endorsements for Obama:

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U-T San Diego Editorial Board Still Loves Mitt Romney

Were these guys watching the same debate?

In the wake of last night’s binder full of shaky Romney moments, the editorial board of U-T San Diego has managed to put some inordinately bright spin on their preferred candidate’s Hofstra town hall performance. To the paper’s credit, the article leads with mentions that President Obama was “much better,” displaying more energy and a real sense of personal engagement. But the piece then goes on to over-emphasize the Romney highlights:

When the president made a statement that carried with it the implication that his policies had led to the U.S. oil and natural gas boom, Romney exposed the phoniness of that by pointing out the boom was on private lands.

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Glenn Beck’s Website Asks LA Times: What About the Obama Secret Videotape?

Before joining theblaze.com as Middle East correspondent, Sharona Schwartz was a coverage editor for CNN’s Washington, D.C. bureau and a scriptwriter for Wolf Blitzer. With credentials like those, it’s no wonder her post today about a certain Obama recording is so solidly put together.

Schwartz starts off by culling renewed questioning, in the wake of the Mitt Romney/Mother Jones bombshell, of the LA Times’ refusal to release a recording of some controversial 2003 remarks made by Senator Barack Obama at a dinner honoring departing Chicago Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi. She then shares the response theblaze.com received from Nancy Sullivan, vp of communications for the LA Times:

In April 2008, the Los Angeles Times reported first, and in explicit detail about the dinner event and the tape of it. More than six months later, just days before the November 2008 election, the McCain campaign demanded the public release of the tape. As we stated then, the Times did not publish the videotape because it was provided for review by a confidential source who did so on the condition that we not publish the tape itself. The Times keeps its promises to sources and nothing has changed in that regard.

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Trey Parker, Matt Stone Treat Media to Book of Mormon Encore

Following Saturday night’s preview performance of smash musical The Book of Mormon, which begins a 12-week west coast run at the Pantages tomorrow night, FishbowlLA and a select group of other media folks hung around for an informal press conference with show co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. (Robert Lopez, the third person responsible for the scintillating book, music and lyrics, did not attend.)

The Tony Award winning tandem confirmed not a word has been changed from the Broadway and Denver incarnations. That includes the genital double-down line repeated throughout by a resident of the Ugandan village where Latter-Day Saint newbies Elder Price (Gavin Creel) and Elder Cunningham (Jared Gertner) arrive to spread the Mormon gospel. We don’t want to spoil the fun by mentioning the specifics. However, to FishbowlLA’s opening press conference question about whether other dialogue was considered for this hilarious running gag, Stone confirmed a longstanding previous punchline.

“It’s funny,” he recalled. “That particular song, “American Prophet,” used to be called “The Bible is a Trilogy.” It was kind of a joke about how the third part of a film trilogy is always the best movie, and how the first Matrix was *actually* the best… The African guy stepped forward and said, ‘Can you imagine if The Matrix had ended after the first one?’ And then he sang, “I actually thought the third Matrix was the worst one.”

“We had that in there for the longest time,” Parker continued. “But then we finally thought we can’t do the Bible as a trilogy thing [The Book of Mormon being the additional, third part to the Old and New Testaments], so we changed it to this other song and realized we had lost that great line. We wondered what else the villager could say when he comes forward and we came up with…”

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FishbowlLA’s Oscar Host Suggestion: Nathan Lane

We’ve floated this idea past a couple of media colleagues with unimpeachable Academy Awards expertise. One is a full-time kudos season chronicler; the other, a published Hollywood history author and film PR whiz. Since both gave our suggestion the big Broadway thumbs up, FishbowlLA is now officially proposing it to the Academy.

To Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, co-producers of next February’s Oscar telecast, we say: If you have not already contacted Nathan Lane’s reps to see if he would be interested in doing the Dolby Theatre honors, then please do so – pronto.

We have no idea if Lane would say yes. But here’s  a guy who can handle any necessary musical telecast components as smoothly as Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris. More importantly, per his regular sit-downs with David Letterman, Lane is also flat-out, ad lib hilarious.

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What the Hell, Clint?

Clint Eastwood‘s surprise appearance last night at the Republican National Convention managed to upstage even Mitt Romney, but that wasn’t due to the iconic actor’s star power. Rather it was Eastwood’s long, rambling speech that stole the show, an episode so bizarre we’re almost reluctant to make fun of it.

For reasons unknown, Eastwood tossed aside a prepared speech and decided to ad-lib it. Bad idea. The veteran actor should know that improv is harder than it looks, and he isn’t exactly a graduate of The Groundlings. Though only scheduled for 5 minutes, Eastwood spoke for over 10, addressing an imaginary President Obama in an empty chair, whom he imagined to be hurling obscenities, and veering wildly from topic to topic without making much sense.

The Romney campaign responded to the disaster by saying, “You can’t look at him at through the same political lens that you would other politicians. He’s Clint Eastwood.”

Anyhow, watch and cringe.

News Corp. Either Loves Obama or Really Hates Romney

FishbowlNY has known for awhile now that Rupert Murdoch is no Mitt Romney fan. But perhaps we’ve underestimated just how much Murdoch dislikes the guy. According to The New York Times, Murdoch’s News Corporation has so far donated $58,825 to President Barack Obama’s campaign, but only $2,750 to Romney’s.

However, seeing as Murdoch tweeted that Paul Ryan was an “almost a perfect choice,” the money flow might shift in the few remaining days before the election.

If it does, we bet Romney gets jealous. “Oh sure, now that Perfect Paul is on board he wants to donate. What-ever. My hair is better.”

Stations Make Plans as Republicans and Democrats Get Ready to Nominate at National Conventions

Obama and Biden accept the Democratic nomination in 2008

The battle between Mitt Romney and President Obama moves to the convention floor next week for the nominating process, and TV and radio stations are ready for extra coverage of the key moments.

The Republicans lead off in Tampa, with Romney awaiting his party’s endorsement next week.

WABC/Channel 7 is sending anchor Bill Ritter to the GOP convention, along with political reporter Dave Evans.  Reports begin Sunday night at 11.

One week later, the Democrats convene in Charlotte, with morning anchor Lori Stokes joining Evans on scene.

As for WCBS/Channel 2, veteran political reporter Marcia Kramer is the station’s lone representative at the conventions.

A spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that Kramer will cover the national news in addition to the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut state delegations.

WNBC/Channel 4 will also not have an anchor presence. Only reporter Melissa Russo is covering both events live.

A WNYW/WWOR spokesperson did not respond to our request prior to the deadline.

WPIX/Channel 11 is not sending any on-air talent to either convention. The station says without any mystery surrounding the nominees, WPIX will likely just cover it as a news story.

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Newsweek Calls Romney a ‘Wimp’

According to Newsweek, Mitt Romney is a “wimp.” He is also “kind of lame,” “weenie-ish,” “annoying,” and he says “incredibly off-key things.” But those are just the facts in the magazine’s cover story. The opinions are way worse.

Rupert Murdoch Isn’t a Mitt Romney Fan

It’s probably safe to safe to say that Rupert Murdoch will never invite Mitt Romney to enjoy the Slip N Slide in his backyard. Murdoch doesn’t like Romney, and — according to The New York Times — it all started back in 2007, when Romney met with the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal.

During the meeting Romney tried his best, but left Murdoch and Paul Gigot, the Journal’s editorial page editor, unimpressed. Those icy feelings have continued. “I don’t think he ever got excited about Romney,” said one “Murdoch associate,” to the Times. “There was zero enthusiasm, no engagement,” added a Journal staffer, regarding the most recent meeting between Murdoch and Romney.

And then there’s Murdoch’s tweets:

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