This much is certain: Mike Easley will not be the next sheriff in your county. Our former governor is now a convicted felon and per the constitutional amendment passed just this month, convicted felons are ineligible to serve as sheriff. Speaking of Governor Easley…
This weekend, the News & Observer ran an article (read it here) about Mike Easley amounting to little more than a call for pity and an attempt to rebuild the public character of the former governor. The paper did its duty as an investigative media outlet throughout the Easley investigation. I remember being impressed by the investigative journalism and news coverage. But now it is as though the paper feels the need to apologize for effectively doing its job as a government watchdog.
Easley is called a simple man and is said to be misunderstood. The article talks of how Easley’s plans must be put on hold because of the investigation and his criminal record. Further, the article paints Easley as a politician who did not care much for politics. Easley did not fit in with the good old boy network according to the article.
The News & Observer deserves praise for its coverage of the Easley scandal. However, next time the paper decides to take a political figure to task for corruption, it should not subsequently apologize for the inconvenience it caused.