In the 1858 debates newspapers exhibited strong political affiliations through their support of either candidate. The Chicago Press and Tribune backed Abraham Lincoln. The paper’s article on the third debate ridiculed Stephen Douglas but praised Lincoln. According to the Press and Tribune, Lincoln “masterly” argued while Douglas offered “falsehoods.” The article claimed that through his speech Douglas routinely lied, citing a few instances where he seemed less than truthful. The crowd, noted the publication, reached fourteen hundred people with support for either man split fifty-fifty. (By David Park)
"The Jonesboro Debate," Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, September 17, 1858, p. 2: 1.
Chicago Press and Tribune
The Jonesboro Debate
James Chapnick, Dickinson College