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Copeland has been a journalist for 40 years, including as Washington bureau chief for the E.W. Scripps Co. and editor of Scripps Howard News Service. His most recent book, "Finding the News: Adventures of a Young Reporter," is about real-world journalism ethics.
There has been much discussion in political and media circles about why The New York Times this week endorsed two Democratic candidates for president. But the real question is why a news organization feels it is necessary or wise to choose a candidate at all.
So why is it a problem that The Times picked Sen. Amy Klobuchar and/or Sen. Elizabeth Warren over President Donald Trump? The main reason is that readers already distrust reporters and accuse them of bias, mostly of a liberal persuasion but also for or against individual candidates.