By Brad Friedman on 10/24/2004, 12:48pm PT  

The list of newspapers and magazines that endorsed Bush in 2000 but either refuse to endorse him again, or have chosen to endorse Kerry this year continues to grow. (Are there any that endorsed Gore in 2000 but are now endorsing Bush? Any?)

Here's one of the latest to have endorsed Bush in 2000, the conservative Detroit News refusing to endorse Bush again this year:

Four years ago, the choice was clear. We endorsed George W. Bush based on his promises of fiscal conservatism, limited government and prudence in foreign affairs.

Today, we sadly acknowledge that the president has failed to deliver on those promises.
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This decision to remain silent will disappoint readers who expect The Detroit News to stand with the Republican presidential candidate come hell or high water. Their expectations are not unwarranted - we have never endorsed a Democrat for president, and only failed to endorse twice before, both times during the Franklin Roosevelt years.
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Finally, on the matter of civil liberties, Bush has turned away from the conservative doctrine that the Constitution must be strictly observed.

They had much more to say about the failures of Bush. And, as expected, they also have problems with John Kerry. But it's the Bush bashing that's notable here since this paper is conservative and had previously endorsed Bush in 2000.

They're droppin' like flies folks.

UPDATE: MyDD reports on newspaper endorsements as of this morning "Nationwide, Kerry has picked up 17 Bush papers from 2000, while losing only two Gore papers to Bush."