Just a few days before Christmas, and on the heels of the “will it or won’t it be repealed” legislative drama over HB2, the Raleigh News and Observer (N&O) published an opinion piece that alleged NC a was “no longer a functioning democracy.”
As of this writing, the North Carolina gubernatorial race has yet to be decided. But it appears attorney general Roy Cooper (D) may be close to being able to legitimately declare himself the winner over incumbent GOP governor Pat McCrory. Unsurprisingly, the Charlotte Observer editorial board is ready to fly their “Mission Accomplished” banner. But the calls for a recount and questions about voter fraud from the McCrory campaign have delayed the struggling paper’s victory celebration, and as you can imagine, they aren’t happy about it.
With all the talk about “fake news” as of late, as well as the credibility hit the mainstream media took in the aftermath of the surprise victory of Donald Trump, you’d think news outlets would be taking concrete steps to make improvements in the accuracy of their reporting.
Unlike other gubernatorial races across the country that were decided on November 8th, the battle for who will be NC’s next governor is still ongoing. Less than 5,000 votes separate incumbent GOP Governor Pat McCrory and NC AG Roy Cooper, his Democratic challenger who holds the ever so slight lead.
It’s not exactly a secret that the Charlotte Observer opposes HB2. They’ve run countless “objective” pieces on it since its late March passage as well as numerous haughty editorials decrying the law known nationwide now as the “bathroom bill.” They’ve also denounced its proponents – which include victims of sexual assault and rape – as “bigots” fighting against “imaginary threats/ghosts” who need to get over their “discomfort” at the thought of male genitalia in their locker rooms.