Candidates running for office have historically wanted to do interviews with newspapers and newspapers have historically wanted to interview candidates. Why? Because both sides benefit. Candidates get their ideas out to readers and newspapers get exclusive looks inside campaigns.
Now all state and federal Republican candidates have broken this long-standing, synergistic relationship.
By snubbing The Gazette interviews, these Republican candidates knew two things would happen: Republicans would receive negative coverage and The Gazette would lose credibility among right-leaning readers.
Turning a win-win into a lose-lose doesn’t seem like a winning strategy for Republicans, right? After all The Gazette isn’t running against them. But if they thought doing the interviews wasn’t a win-win but a win-lose, then snubbing these interviews makes more sense.
Were the Republicans right? Were they going to get negative coverage regardless? The Gazette’s own Todd Dorman made that case on Monday. Dorman said “So if you’re telling me I have to give more space to pro-lying, pro-hatred, pro-preventable death, pro-voter suppression, pro-petty and pro-discrimination viewpoints, I’ve got some bad news.” Dorman made it clear that Republicans wouldn‘t receive positive coverage no matter how the interviews went. Therefore, Republicans lost little in snubbing the interviews.
The Gazette is the big loser in all of this. Continuing publication of hit pieces on Republicans like the Dorman article shows The Gazette hasn’t learned that lesson. The damage done to their credibility won’t be undone on Nov. 3, no matter who wins the elections.