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A second Deeds ad on The Post endorsement

Rosalind Helderman

We noted that a Northern Virginia ad that Democrat Creigh Deeds released several days about Deeds's endorsement by The Washington Post featured only lines praising Deeds -- and none of the endorsement's criticism of Republican Bob McDonnell.

It turned out, the Deeds campaign was saving those tidbits of the piece for a second ad, this one all about McDonnell. The ad began running Thursday morning and features pretty much nothing but quotes from The Post ed board about McDonnell, against a white background.

Watch it here.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 22, 2009; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Creigh Deeds, as of Oct 22, has been endorsed by the following newspapers: 1) The Washington Post.

Bob McDonnell, as of Oct 22, has been endorsed by the following newspapers: 1) Winchester Star; 2) Harrisonburg Daily News-Record; 3) Sun Gazette Arlington; 4) Sun Gazette McLean, Vienna, Oakton and Great Falls; 5) Daily Press, Newport News; 6) News and Messenger (, Prince William County); 7) Loudoun Times-Mirror; 8) Washington Times; 9) Washington Examiner

Posted by: VirginianforFreedom | October 22, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Deeds won the primary on the back of the Post's endorsement. So, the Post's editorial board must know that whatever they write essentially is being written for two purposes: 1) for the few readers who pay attention to Va politics, and 2) for Deeds to create campaign commercials.

"Does the Post coordinate its endorsements with the campaign before, or only after, writing the endorsements?"

No sooner would Fox News endorse Obama than The Post would endorse a Republican in a open race. Voters know this and discount The Post's reporting accordingly.

Posted by: Practicewhatupreach | October 22, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

The WaPo editorial was a balanced piece of journalism. It’s unfortunate that most Bobbie McTaliban supporters are so filled with hate for the principles that this great country was built on that they can’t rationally think. So they hurl bogus and mean spirited epitaphs. If Bobbie is elected, we’ll find out just how badly and quickly he can drag Virginia back into the dark ages.

Posted by: Willis3 | October 22, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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