OPELIKA, Ala. — A couple of weeks ago, the three biggest newspapers in Alabama splashed the same tough editorial across the tops of their front pages.
"Stand for Decency, Reject Roy Moore," read the bold headline in Birmingham, Mobile and Huntsville, all part of Alabama Media Group. Arguing that the credible sexual-misconduct charges against the former judge, a Republican, disqualified him, it endorsed Democrat Doug Jones for U.S. Senate.
Some readers cheered, and some disagreed enough to cancel their subscriptions.
But at a small-town daily in eastern Alabama, top editor Troy Turner wouldn't even consider running such an editorial.
"I would have...