Once upon a time, newspapers routinely offered political endorsements at election time. It’s a practice that has fallen out of favor with many newspapers, but the Asheville Citizen-Times continues to buck the trend.
In it’s Sunday, Nov. 4, editorial, the city’s paper of record gave its nod to newcomer Bill Russell and incumbents Jan Davis and Brownie Newman, saying the three men posed the best chance to bring balance to the Council, among other reasons. The endorsement did not say why the newspaper found the other candidates lacking.
Now is your chance to weigh in on the paper’s verdict. Do you care what the paper thinks? Will the AC-T endorsements make any difference in the way that you or others vote? And, should newspapers even be in the business of political endorsements?
Sound off, folks.
— Hal L. Millard, staff writer