With 10 months before the general election, signs are emerging as to which candidates Bay Area papers will be endorsing. Chron editorial page editor John Diaz (right) came away from a meeting with Barack Obama impressed. "His look-you-in-the-eye directness was evident ... " Diaz wrote. "The other striking quality of the Obama meeting was his willingness to listen to and engage in the questions that were asked — rather than regarding any question as a launching pad for the campaign's talking points, a practice that has become epidemic in modern American politics. He demonstrated depth on an assortment of issues."
Examiner owner Phil Anschutz and wife Nancy are backing Mitt Romney, giving him money and holding fundraisers on his behalf.
Over at MediaNews, chief executive Dean Singleton was a Bush supporter in the past two presidential elections, much to the consternation of partner Dean Scudder, who has supported Democrats. This time around, Singleton gave $1,000 to Democrat New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson dropped out of the pack a few weeks ago. (Photo credit: Andrew S. Ross, Chronicle.)