You could call it sloppy, lazy reporting. You could call it conveniently leaving out inconvenient facts in order to spin a story the way you want it to go. But a lot of North Carolina media — especially locally — seem to be giving us A LOT of what leftist opponents of fracking and the upcoming marriage amendment referendum want us to hear.
Let’s take our local Nobel Prize-winning paper for example. I’ve been following their coverage online. They’ve published a lot of stories and letters comparing the upcoming vote on Amendment One to apartheid and Jim Crow. The only supporters of the amendment they seem to be able to find are Baptist ministers.
This plays right into the left’s hands: See? It’s ONLY the anti-liquor-by-the-drink, no-dancing-on-Sunday Bible-thumpers who are for THIS !!!
Strangely, our local paper can’t seem to publish a story — at least, in its online edition — that includes the proposed amendment’s EXACT language. Why is that?
Well, here it is:
Sec. 6. Marriage.
Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.
Scary stuff, huh? When you poll people in NC who have read that language, you find upwards of 60 percent support for it.
We’re getting the same kind of thing with the fracking issue. Fracking is creating an economic boom everywhere it’s being done. We’re getting a lot of hysteria about the process in the local media generated by leftist activists — none of whom appear to have any credible scientific credentials. Yet, the local media gives their wild, unfounded claims a lot of credibility. Stories like THIS and THIS and THIS featuring credible scientific info get passed over. Instead, we get this:
Emotions ran high at times, especially given the two-minute speaking time limit, but a strong presence by local law enforcement officers kept order.
Jeffrey Sheer, of Southern Pines, was the only speaker from Moore County. His main concern was water quality.
“Once water is contaminated, it’s too late,” Sheer said, adding sarcastically, “I saw a poll this morning. It said 100 percent of North Carolinians drink water.”