Why does the News & Observer want to hide facts from the voters in an election year?
The paper’s editorial board threw a fit over ads highlighting a written opinion by state Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson.
What’s wrong with telling voters what a candidate had done? It’s her official ruling from the bench. You can look at it yourself here. Make up your own mind.
Isn’t that what democracy is about? We the People get to see what our elected officials do, and at regular intervals get to affirm what they do, or turn them out of office.
If the people of North Carolina want to return Hudson to the bench, great. If not, that’s democracy.
As for the N&O’s complaint about big money in politics, it was big money from outside groups that got Hudson elected in the first place.
It’s hard to look things up on the N&O’s website, but if betting were legal, we’d bet the newspaper was silent when big money gave Hudson her edge when she was first elected. Nor has the paper complained when rich liberals or unions backed liberal candidates.
And Hudson has big corporations backing her — including the McClatchy Company, in this case the N&O:
Other newspapers have done the same: Used slanted language and written biased or misleading articles in support of her candidacy. And she uses it. It’s as if the papers are her communications shops.
I used to work for newspapers. Once journalists prided themselves on being independent. Sad to say, it looks as if some NC newspapers are in effect crafting ad copy that candidates can use for their own spin.
That’s why it’s vital for democracy for independent groups to back candidates. The newspapers have deserted their job of trying to present the truth. It’s up to concerned citizens to step in to fill the gap.
We think voters are smart enough to look at ads, and newspapers, and everything else and come up with informed opinions. The more voters see and hear, the better off they’ll be.
We think you can make up your own mind about this ad:
But that’s the essence of democracy: Letting people know what the candidates have done, and letting voters decide at the polls. Sadly, some newspapers don’t want you to do that.
Below are the videos of other candidates NC Supreme Court:
Jeanette Doran for NC Supreme Court Judge
Judge Eric Levinson for NC Supreme Court
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