Should news outlets declare allegiances?

Following Friday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages, three news organizations — BuzzFeed, Huffington Post and Mashable — changed their Twitter avatars to feature the rainbow flag, a symbol of pride in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.


The decision to endorse a legal ruling that is opposed by many conservatives — including the vast majority of Republican presidential candidates — signals how comfortable some news outlets have become with backing certain political causes, and highlights a divide among media organizations not always accounted for in the familiar dichotomies of old vs. new, right vs. left, etc.

No matter their perceived editorial biases, it would be difficult to imagine legacy news brands like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, CNN* (see update), NPR or Time magazine taking sides in a political debate that they were expected to cover. The Times, Post or Journal editorial boards would surely be expected to take a stand, but not so the news divisions.

UPDATE (3:04 p.m.): Perhaps I stand corrected. This is from CNN:

Every. Single. State. #LoveWins
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 26, 2015

A CNN spokesperson declined to comment on the tweet.

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