Other papers have editorialized, criticizing the government for its inflexibility.
This is an example of the word editorialize found in Collins English Dictionary. I would like to know if there's any difference in meaning between it and
Other papers have editorialized and criticized the government for its inflexibility.
I know they are different sentence structures but the original sentence contains a participle clause criticizing the government for its inflexibility and participle clauses are also explained as some parts of their original sentence being reduced and that includes conjunctions.