The News and Observer reports on yet another non-story about the jobs and big salary increases for a couple of McCrory staffers.
I have three simple questions for Michael Biesecker, the News and Observer reporter who wrote the story:
- If these positions are exempt from a requirement that they be posted — as Biesecker notes in the fifth paragraph of his article — why is this a story? Biesecker raises questions as to qualifications. However the governor — as well as any chief executive for that matter — knows the success of the McCrory administration depends on qualified applicants to fill important jobs.
- Why is it newsworthy that a Gov. McCrory — or any governor for that matter — wants his own people in high level positions?
- If the concern is McCrory staffers getting jobs or hefty pay raises, why the sudden interest by the N&O? A casual Google search fails to turn up a single N&O story on new jobs or salary increases prior to McCrory taking office in January 2013. Surprised? I doubt most people are.
The N&O failed to make this a story. It did succeed in giving readers yet another reason to doubt the paper’s objectivity.