I was surprised to see last week’s article about Seth Anderson-Oberman and his success in slightly out-fundraising his opponent.
As a lifelong resident of Chestnut Hill, and now Wyndmoor, I have read many, many editions of the Local over the years. Always a source of interesting community news and nonpartisan reporting, the Local seems to have traditionally stayed away from specifically endorsing candidates for local office.
I was surprised to see last week’s front page, above the fold, headline article about Seth Anderson-Oberman and his success in slightly out-fundraising his opponent Councilwoman Cindy Bass by approximately $10,000.
That’s worthy of front page, bold type, headline news? Really?
That was followed, later in the paper, by another article on the “progressive splinter group” that is endorsing Anderson-Oberman and focused on his campaign and supporters. As the Local characterized it, “a stark choice.” The Local then asks, “What is he tapping into that she is not?”
The Local’s coverage reads like a paid political piece for Anderson-Oberman.
My impression is that Councilwoman Bass, who has 12 years of experience and seniority, has been a strong advocate for historic preservation, business district support and, most importantly, strict zoning enforcement on behalf of the Chestnut Hill community. Why no mention of that? Where did the fair and balanced nonpartisan viewpoint go?