Poll: Should News Media Give Voting Recommendations?
A Palm Harbor voter was miffed after finding a Tampa Bay Times newspaper clipping inside her polling place. The editorial listed candidates the newspaper recommends along with voting suggestions for other items on the ballot including Florida's Constituti
Narcine Lambrecht angrily clutched a newspaper clipping after walking out of her polling place in Palm Harbor's large retiree community of Highland Lakes Tuesday morning.
Lambrecht says she found the Tampa Bay Times clipping laying on a chair inside the poll where people were casting their votes. It was an editorial that listed the candidates that the newspaper recommends along with voting suggestions for other items on the ballot including Florida's Constitutional Amendments.
"When I came out, I found a sheet of paper listing who the Tampa Bay Times has recommended voting for. It looks like straight Democrat all the way through and had "no" for all the amendments. I find it quite disturbing," she said.
Lambrecht thinks that when newspapers make voting recommendations it encourages people to be lazy and not study the candidates and issues.
"If they don't know, they're taking the easy way out and the easy way out is, 'They're telling me what to do, I trust them and their opinion."
"It's a newspaper, they shouldn't be doing their opinion, they should be doing the news. They should not be inflicting their personal views on us," said Lambrecht.
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