Statists wage media war in North Carolina

Even casual news observers surely have noticed that since the majority election of Republican legislators to the North Carolina General Assembly and, more recently, Republican Governor Pat McCrory, press reporters, editorialists, commentators, letter writers and political cartoonists have relentlessly criticized proposed legislation and personally attacked Republican leaders.(link)

Furious with loss of insider power after decades of leftist agenda (including irresponsible spending and growing state government) this political class wages an outside media war against house and senate leaders and the governor. It’s embarrassingly obvious.

The liberal distortions and personal slander against the newly elected Republicans have spilled over state lines into national media outlets (after reading stories about long-suppressed conservative “states’ rights” views in North Carolina a friend emailed from New York State, “What’s wrong with these people?”).

What’s wrong is that liberal leftist groups have succeeded with their progressive indoctrination of large numbers of our citizenry—even some who we would expect to know better and suspect statist propaganda. Lurking in the political fabric of this state, still powerful interest groups work to tear apart well-knit conservatives, now a majority in the Capitol.

Here in North Carolina we have a case study of how “left-wing non-profit groups wield an alarming amount of power in the media, state politics and government.” So writes Susan Myrick, a long-time participant in and observer of North Carolina politics, in the April 2013 (Vol. 5, no. 4) issue of Civitas Capitol Connection (

Mrs. Myrick cites a recent Charlotte Observer report exposing a plan by liberal non-profit groups to “demonize” Gov. McCrory and leaders in the state General Assembly.

A coordinating group, Blueprint North Carolina, met with more than 50 non-profit organization members to lay out the strategy: closer coordination between Democrat legislators and liberal activists; more aggressive language to vilify Republicans; target leaders in the General Assembly and Gov. McCrory with relentless media assaults to “eviscerate” them and “weaken their ability to govern”; and use private investigators and media especially to expose McCrory people to criticism.(link)

Anyone can see this strategy in play daily by reading newspapers and watching TV programs across the state.(link) Liberal foundations and well-heeled media people pump out cash and propaganda to keep up political pressure using frightening and demonic messages.(link)

Myrick reports that “a vast network” of more than 100 liberal non-profit organizations operating in North Carolina gets funding and media support from such as the Z. Smith Reynolds, A. J. Fletcher foundations, and WRAL-TV owners, the Goodmon family. She connects some political dots.

When the North Carolina Democrat Party imploded (partly from corruption as well as pushing unpopular, unaffordable policies) the vacuum created sucked in groups that benefit from public resources—always manipulating officials to get more and attacking those who resist. Most non-profits thrive on receiving tax money; some operate as shadow government agencies. They frantically fear loss of access to the taxpayer’s cookie jar under conservative government leadership because they can’t survive with only private donations.

Potential reduced public funding, and less power to influence legislators makes statists desperate—and deceptive. Frantic, irrational fears drive the attack-dog tactics of the left.

Largely hidden from public scrutiny by the liberal-dominated press are their incestuous relationships with advocacy groups; for example, between WRAL and Blueprint. Four Goodmon family members sit on the Fletcher Foundation board that gave $415,000 to Blueprint NC and the NC Justice Center—a “home” for non-profit coalitions—(that “initially housed Blueprint”) in 2010.(Link)

WRAL now has a “2013 N. C. General Assembly Issue Tracker.” Curiously, these same trackers were MIA during decades of Democrat government power and corruption when they larded up their favorite projects and cronies, and excluded Republicans from the budget making process.(link)

We’ll see many more press “reports” and commentary about such things as “big-government conservatives” and “NYT blogger rates McCrory at far right” recently posted in the Raleigh News & Observer. Worse, the vast network of non-profit groups and activists will collude to demean and slander Republican legislators and Gov. McCrory using the media in their war against more limited government—reduced taxes and regulation to protect the freedom and prosperity of state citizens.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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