WIRED has never endorsed a presidential candidate.
And then Donald Trump happened.
Hillary Clinton is the clear choice for 2016, the tech news group's editor-in-chief announced Thursday.
"We value freedom: open systems, open markets, free people, free information, free inquiry. We've become even more dedicated to scientific rigor, good data, and evidence-driven thinking," Scott Dadich wrote.
He described the site's political leanings as "optimistic libertarianism,"
Dadich added, "WIRED has never made a practice of endorsing candidates for president of the United States. Through five election cycles we've written about politics and politicians and held them up against our ideals. But we've avoided telling you, our readers, who WIRED viewed as the best choice. Today we will. WIRED sees only one person running for president who can do the job: Hillary Clinton."
Dadich's editorial continued, and described the 2016 general election presents two possible futures: One where there is scarcity, and one where there is abundance.
Saying it roots for the latter, the WIRED editor argues that Clinton's vision for the America is one that seeks a future filled with abundance.
"Our sights might not be perfectly aligned, but it's pretty clear Hillary Clinton has her eye on a similar trajectory," Dadich wrote. "She intends to uphold the Paris Agreement on climate change and reduce carbon emissions by up to 30 percent in 2025. She hopes to produce enough renewable energy to power every American home by the end of her first term."
"She wants to increase the budgets of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, two major drivers of research and innovation via government funding. And she wants to do the same for Darpa, the defense research agency — without which, let's face it, WIRED probably wouldn't exist, because no one would have invented the things we cover," he added.
The WIRED chief was careful to note, however, that he still has some hang-ups about Clinton.
"As secretary of state, her inclination toward military solutions had disastrous consequences in the Middle East, and the US still has an alarming tendency to try to solve complex foreign policy problems with flying killer robots," he wrote.
And then there is Clinton's "egregious mistake" of using an unauthorized, private email server when she worked at the State Department.
Still, Dadich wrote, none of this compares to the disaster known as Donald Trump.
"Trump's campaign started out like something from The Onion. Now it has moved into George Orwell–as–interpreted–by–Paul Verhoeven territory," he wrote.
"When he isn't insulting the parents of a dead soldier, or promising to build an impossible wall between the US and Mexico to keep out rapists, or advocating a ban on Muslims, he's saying that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are the founders of ISIS, or that 'Second Amendment people' should do something about his opponent, or that he watched a nonexistent video of a plane delivering cash to Iran. And that's mostly stuff he said in the space of a few weeks," he added.
The choice, then, is clear.
"WIRED has never been neutral. But now we're declaring our alignment — one shared by an overwhelming number of tech leaders. The newsroom will continue to do critical, fair journalism about both candidates and the world around us," Dadich wrote.
"We'll keep fighting for the future instead of for the past. And part of that fight is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president," he said.