Another nonstarter press story creating “news”

Ho Hum! Another slow day in the Newsroom.

Editor: “Hey, Cammie, I need a space-filler. How about another Trump-story? Pain, suffering, bullying—you know, the usual stuff about the nasty election and harassment of Hispanics and Muslims. Make it look bad.”

Cammie: “I haven’t heard of any problems around here.”

Editor: “Come on; you know how to do it….go to some local schools. The doofuses over in Brunswick County might lead you to a bullying-story; or, surely, you can find a victim or two suffering pain that can be blamed on Trump’s victory. We’ll lead with that. How about this subhead”:

In a tense national climate, Brunswick County Schools report election-related bullying.


  And so it goes with the deceptive press. Our resolute reporter went to mostly rural Brunswick County, North Carolina and found—no story. The published subhead to this Wilmington StarNews nonstory actually read:

“Despite a tense national climate, Brunswick County Schools report no election-related bullying.” (Link below)

No bullying and nothing else except a female student “worried by national news reports about student fights over the election.” The reporter did find presumed “election pains” that this student and her counselor were “talking through.”

But, according to the reporter, in towns across the country “the days after Nov. 8 were sometimes nastier than an historically nasty election.” Proof of that was “stories about election-inspired harassment and vandalism proliferated on social media”—although little evidence was cited.  And, of course according to the StarNews, “Hispanic and Muslim people in particular reported being targeted”but none was interviewed.

For its nonstory the paper went to a virulent leftist social activist group, the Southern Poverty Law Center, “a nonprofit that tracks hate groups.” The Center “counted 700 (unverified) incidents of harassment in the U. S. since the election.” No “hate groups” were identified in the StarNews story.

“Hatred” was implied from a group of Michigan middle schoolers chanting “Build the Wall.” Now that’s really scary. We need more “safe spaces” to protect “vulnerable” children from this frightening talk.

If the StarNews people wanted to find out about political conflicts and who causes the problems in this State they could have called the Civitas Institute a phone call away in Raleigh, N. C. Civitas has identified more than 140 leftist activist groups operating in the State to disrupt normal government functions and spread distortions and lies about conservative political people and legislation. (See “Mapping the Left” below.)

In addition the John Locke Foundation and the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, also located in Raleigh, would be able to provide the paper with up-to-date information about activist politics in North Carolina. (Links below)

Back in Brunswick County, North Carolina the StarNews reporter found no reported bullying and harassment since Election Day, “nor have Hispanic and Muslim students told their counselors they feel unsafe.”

These apparently well adjusted students “generally accepted the results (of the election) and moved on.” That’s good advice for the adults at the StarNews.


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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