If you don’t watch Marc Rotterman’s UNC-TV program, and don’t listen to The Chad Adams Radio Show — believe me, that universe includes A WHOLE LOT of people — you might not know of The North State Journal (NSJ). The NSJ was founded right about the time of Pat McCrory’s 2012 gubernatorial victory by some of his big donors and supporters. The paper was meant to provide a sounding board for the McCrory POV – read: The GOPe POV.
It served as quite the cheering section for the McCrory administration. Given the fact it was funded by some of McCrory’s inner circle and biggest donors, that was no surprise. But the McCrory era ended a little early. Some folks have abandoned this money-bleeding ship. But some diehards remain, ready to go down with the ship as they fight to protect the honor of the GOPe.
In 2016, the NSJ was the go-to source for the NCGOPe mob seeking to overthrow duly elected state chairman Hasan Harnett. The paper gleefully took the rumors and innuendo — that no one else would touch — and brought them out into the sunlight. Slander of a good, decent man got legitimized. And the folks at the paper got attaboys and head-pats all around from Zan, Dallas, Ma Cotten and ol’ Robin.
Well, the paper is back in 2017 to do Dallas Woodhouse’s bidding. Dallas’s grandpa, Robin Hayes, is running for a full term as NCGOP state chairman. NSJ newsroom doyenne Donna King unloaded on Hayes challenger Jim Womack with a hit that would have made Frank Nitti proud. She regurgitated propaganda from Hayes supporters that had been proven false time and again. She loaded up her article with commentary from Hayes partisans, but declined to even talk with TWO Womack supporters who offered to provide commentary on their guy.
The North State Journal parades around as an alleged “fair & balanced” mainstream news source. We, on the other hand, are proudly and decidedly– as some of our kindred spirits in the Palmetto State describe themselves — “unfair and unbalanced.”
We’re conservative. We despise government. We strongly dislike lying, thieving politicians, campaign consultants, lawyers and bureaucrats. (And we have a lot of opinions on a lot of things.) But one thing you’ll never pin on us is being someone else’s lapdog or mouthpiece. NOBODY outside of Haymaker HQ owns this site. NOBODY.
Well, after we thoroughly smacked down Miss Donna’s hit piece — one more nugget fell in our lap. In King’s story, she presented one Zak Crotts as someone who objectively examined the two candidates and came down on the side of Robin Hayes. She neglected to mention that Crotts had already been circulating an endorsement letter on behalf of Hayes:
Hmmm. Paid for with personal funds, at that. (But the jet fuel WAS NOT.)
“Grassroots activists”‘ asked Hayes to come back? *Not the establishment party hacks who despised the outsider who got himself elected chairman, falsely accused him of crimes, butchered the rules and locked him out of his computer AND party headquarters? Not those folks?*
Yep. Zak — bad grammar, atrocious spelling and all — got himself featured in The North State Journal. But two folks — TWO — who could have balanced out the story and given readers a fair assessment of the race, DID NOT.
The North State Journal joins the ranks of entities like WRAL and The N&O that are not worth your time or money.