Posted in Media

Farewell to the shih-tzu

Something’s missing.  There is a real void on Raleigh’s Jones and McDowell Streets.  Apparently, John Drescher’s pet shih-tzu has run off to Denver, CO for greener pastures. Mr. Frank’s absence has had a clear effect on the product of McClatchy’s Raleigh subsidiary.  Some of WRAL…

Posted in Congress McClatchy Media Politics

Binky & The Shih-Tzu: Keepin’ it (Un) Real

There have been some great comedic pairings throughout history  — Laurel & Hardy, Abbot & Costello, The Smothers Brothers, and now John Frank & Mark Binker.  There is one real distinct difference between the first three pairs and the last one — the first three…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Greg Brannon McClatchy Media NCGOP Politics

#NCSEN: HAVE bow tie, WILL prevaricate

Conservatives have been convinced for some time that mainstream media reporters distort events and outright lie in their coverage of right-leaning figures, organizations, and events.  The N&O’s John Frank (pictured with this post) has done an admirable job of proving right-wingers’ theories about the press…

Posted in Media Moore County Politics

America Speaks: The Daily Haymaker is among the nation’s BEST

      The Washington Post went on a nationwide quest to find the blogs that do the best job of covering politics at the state level.  After combing through scores and scores and scores of reader recommendations — and doing some filtering  — The…

Posted in Congress Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Obama Phil Berger Politics

The N&O’s John Frank: ObamaCare’s Gunga Din

Gunga Din was immortalized by Rudyard Kipling in literature — and later in movies.  He was a poor, hapless, shuffling, kowtowing, water-carrying man-servant to some British soldiers in India.   The character has become synonymous with people and institutions that dutifully ask how high when someone…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NCGOP Politics

Ok, N&O: Which one is it?

    N&O reporter John Frank may be in danger of losing his job.  He breaks the news about Boss Bev’s “suspend the elections” fantasy, and now he is contradicting in-house wonderboy Rob Christensen.  In the N&O newsroom, EVERYONE knows it is verboten to report…