WRAL’s chief news fabricator sinks his teeth into Greg Brannon

binker rollBinky & The Shi-Tzu are the two primary cartoon characters responsible for providing us our statewide political coverage in the mainstream media.

We gave mad props to the shih-tzu earlier for actually getting in the face of one Kay Hagan — NY senator Chuck Schumer’s Sock Puppet.™   Binky has decided to let his reporting consist of waiting around for various opposition research types to dump dirt in his lap.

WRAL’s Mark Binker can’t be bothered to interview the CEO of the firm at the center of the court case involving Greg Brannon.  That individual lives in Raleigh.  Asheville radio host Pete Kaliner managed to find him and do one heck of an interview.  Binky decided to read from the opposition research-provided talking points and report about, oh, twenty-five percent of the story.  

During the court case, Binky also gave us the *blockbuster* report about Brannon being late on his property shihtzutaxes (by roughly one month).  Today, we get a story about how the US Senate can’t find an ethics disclosure report from the Brannon campaign.  Hmmm.  It took the FEC to the end of February to post campaign finance details that had been turned in at the end of 2013. ( I know.  It’s *hard* to imagine a federal government entity being disorganized, slip-shod and basically screwed up.)

*Binky has clearly stumbled onto evidence of some kind of nefarious plot by that Cary baby-doctor. Perhaps he’s using his position as an OB-GYN to shape state government policy to benefit campaign donors and to shake down people with interests before state government for campaign cash.*

It’s interesting to see Binky now wearing the badge of the ethics police.  Why, it was just in October that he got busted fabricating a quote from a legislative hearing.  He had the benefit of his station’s own video feed, but chose to terribly misquote a Democrat senator in a manner that led to embarassing publicity for him and Gov. McCrory’s DHHS secretary.  (We’re still waiting for the apology.)

In November,  Brannon was honored for his work as a medical director for a faith-based crisis pregnancy center in Wake County.  Binky showed up — with the shih-tzu in tow.  The two of them saw the whole presentation, and got oodles of private time with Brannon after the event.  They managed to take a very moving, spiritual event and turn it into Brannon somehow approving of slavery.  

In July 2012, Binky decided to publish a database of the personal info for every concealed-carry permit holder in North Carolina.  He got all indignant –got his bloomers in a wad — when a gunowner rights group turned the tables on him and disseminated his personal info on the Internet.

i am told that Binky and the shih-tzu purposely steer clear of tough coverage of Thom Tillis. My Raleigh sources tell me that Tillis — as House speaker — has a lot of leeway in being able to ban reporters from the legislative building.  Get on his bad side, and you’re DONE.  My question is this:  What good is it to your readers / viewers if you have “access” but don’t bother to tell the truth? 

14 thoughts on “WRAL’s chief news fabricator sinks his teeth into Greg Brannon

  1. The liberal media is only giving Tilli$ a free ride in the primary, just as they gave McCain and then Romney free rides and even promoted them during the primaries. They want to see the weakest GOP candidate nominated and in our case that is Tilli$. They try to manufacture dirt now on Brannon, who seems to be the one they are afraid of, but are storing the dirt on Tilli$ for the general election.

    If Brannon gets the nomination, the liberal media will have shot its wad and have nothing else in reserve to bash Brannon during the general election, but if Tilli$ is the nominee, it will be what the military calls a ”target rich environment” for the liberal media. For GOP squishes, the liberal media is a temporary friend only for the primary.

  2. I stopped reading local newspapers a number of years ago, the NYT 15 years ago and have not had cable TV for 2-1/2 years. For some reason I like the facts and the truth and do not like the news media insulting my intelligence.
    I obtain my information from Talk Radio and the Internet and seem to be doing very well.
    Oh yeah! The Daily Haymaker is from the Internet. How about that!

  3. Speak with your wallet. Boycott these fraudulent media outlets. I haven’t subscribed to cable TV in over 5 years. Is WRAL getting ad revenue from government agencies?

  4. Kudos to Asheville’s Pete Kaliner for continuously following NC ‘politics’ from the airwaves and on the internets! You can listen to him online too at wwnc.com
    his show weekdays 3-6pm on 570am

    the WRAL crowd is just a bunch of daily whiners and haters.

  5. I am sure the reporters are delighted to have a story like this. A person who wants to become a United States Senator is found by a jury to be liable for misleading investors in an investment. How could reporters not love a story like this. Here is a man who wants to handle the money of the United States and he is found liable by a jury. I have heard all the stories about the judge being a Democrat, incompetent and about a dumb jury. I am sure there are other excuses to offer but the fact of the matter is that the news media reported to the l public that the man was found to be liable by a jury. Did the Brannon supporters really think the press would give him a pass on a jury verdict. If the jury made a bad decision then where was he. Where was his legal team. Wasn’t anyone looking after his interests. Lots of questions remain about how he allowed himself to be found liable by the jury. What kind of Senator would he be.

    If Brannon can overcome this negative publicity and win he deserves to be in the United States Senate.

  6. I’m 26 years old & have followed politics like a hawk for 8 years now. I can honestly say that Brannon is the first person that has me so amped up that I’m proud to wear his buttons & volunteer for.

    This whole thing is just a smear stunt & I know better than to buy into it.

  7. I know Greg personally. He is a really good man. He does not have a selfish bone in his body. If you don’t believe me go to one of his campaign events and meet him and his family. They are real people who truly love others. If you are truly interested in the truth you should listen to this news cast. It shows the bizarre things that happened during the trial.


  8. “It shows the bizarre things that happened during the trial.”

    I keep hearing and reading from the lunch-counter lawyers all the things that went wrong at the trail.

    Please answer me this: Where was Brannon’s legal team when all these errors were talking place?

    I mean, here is a candidate for the United States Senate who wants to win a seat and actually make the laws of this country. If the trial was a “comedy of errors” then where was his defense team?

    You must admit it seems a strange way to start out a Senate campaign.

    1. Honestly he is so blatantly innocent that really I don’t think there was even a slight thought a decision like that would be handed down. You obviously didn’t listen to the material provided. I could start to explain it to you but I’m sure I would leave something out. When a judge orders material evidence to be left out of a case it shows the flaw in our courts. You really need to listen to the interview and hear the TRUTH before you attack him.


      1. I am pretty sure that our system of justice views the decision of the jury as the truth. I believe that the jury decision is considered the truth until the jury decision is reversed or overturned.

        And once again, where was Brannon’s legal team while this miscarriage of justice was transpiring?

    2. It would be very revealing to read the transcript of the proceedings when the jury question about ”omission / admission” occurred. Maybe Brannon’s attorneys dropped the ball, and maybe the judge rode roughshod over them with a nonsensical yet devastating ruling that seems to have been pivotal in the outcome. Without reading the transcript, we have no way to know which happened.

      1. How many primary voters will take the time to read the transcript of the trial?

        I am going to guess “not many.”

        I would think the transcript would be rather boring for most people. Probably about like all those pages you get when you pick up your prescribed medicine at the pharmacy.

        1. I suspect most primary voters are not going to care about this business dispute. They are going to care about real issues that impact real people, like Tilli$’ dooubletalk on Obamacare where he pushed legislation to set up a state Obamacare exchange but now run ads claiming to be against Obamacare, and like Tilli$’ doubletalk on amnesty for illegal aliens where he told the NC Farm Bureau that he was for amnesty but later tried to tell the Haymaker that he was against amnesty, or Tilli$ support for ridiculous green boondoggles like the renewable energy mandate that will dramatically raise our insurance rates. Tilli$ is for the $pecial interest$, not the citizens.

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