Hey Media Folks, you can all go cover other stories rather than Gov. Pat McCrory. WRAL has announced it will track every promise made by newly-sworn-in McCrory on its website.
Which is sort of odd because I thought the media was already supposed to keep track of promises made, kept, and broken by elected leaders.
This creation of the repository of pledges is a first for WRAL.
So, they did not have this crazy new capability when Perdue's term began, and we must assume that it just didn't make any sense at all to implement it once her term started four years ago.
Perhaps the ability to create a page on the internet was unavailable in the Raleigh area prior to 2008? Weird.
But good thing they got it started now! I'm sure they'll be rolling it out for all sorts of elected leaders soon!
Carolina Plott Hound is all over this story, as well as WRAL's recent history of questionable political decisions. These are, after all, the same folks who published that searchable database of gunowners (rated as THE most-helpful site for aspiring criminals). Despite the outrage that ensued, it's still on-line.
Maybe they haven't figured out how to take a page DOWN from the internet yet.
That'll come in 2016. Their IT staff is working on it.
Seriously, though, the role of the Fourth Estate is to be a watchdog of government. So, I really don't have an issue with the creation of this promise tracker. WRAL (and all other journalists) should hold elected officials accountable for what they say they'll do.
However, it's instructive to see the timing of such a site.
As I've often said, media bias is impossible to eliminate. You can see it most clearly in which stories get coverage and which ones do not. Also, the timing of the stories can betray unstated biases.
When you have a newsroom with a singularly-homogenized political bent, you'll get consensus agreement about what is news and when it's newsworthy.
It's a good idea to track promises made by campaigners. But this concept could have been rolled out for any pol at any time. We have two US Senators and 13 Representatives who could also use a little monitoring, no?
Also - why now? Because a newsroom finds it to be newsworthy.
I'm sure it's purely coincidental that this new feature was thought up and deemed newsworthy just as NC sees a historic new Republican leadership take control.
We'll have to wait and see if WRAL expands it's "promise tracker" to other promise-makers.
-March 3, 2014-
3:00 -- Pete makes an uncontested arrival in the studio to discuss the Russian uncontested arrival in Ukraine.
4:00 -- More discussion on Russia's uncontested arrival in Ukraine. Plus, NC Lt. Gov. Dan Forest joins us to talk about his visit today to Asheville. Also, an update on the Kelo v. New London eminent domain case.
5:00 -- More on Russia, Russian dressing, and the horrors of Pete's childhood breakfasts. Plus, homeless Jesus statue causes outrage in Davidson, NC.
March 4, 2014
3:00 -- The Commissioner of the Southern Conference, John Iamarino, joins us to talk about the SoCon basketball tournament in town this week. Plus, the NC Democratic Party Chairman says party leaders don't "believe in the goodness of their neighbors."
4:00 -- Asheville City Council can't seem to figure out how to crack down on graffiti.
5:00 -- John Marshall joins us to appraise YOUR record albums.
March 5, 2014
3:00 -- Another delay in the implementation of Obamacare - this one specifically designed to shield vulnerable Democrats in the upcoming midterm election.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from the Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest issue on news stands today. Plus, if you think the local graffiti debate is over the "line between art and vandalism" - you've already lost the debate.
5:00 -- Sen. Kay Hagan votes to confirm to the DOJ a lawyer who defended cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Plus, what's the difference between a hot tub and a jacuzzi?
March 6, 2014
3:00 -- Roger McCredie from the Tribune joins us to talk about the City of Asheville's attempt to take over the Pack Place building.
4:00 -- The Asheville City School Board adopts a lottery to pay 25% of teachers
5:00 -- A teachers union launches a website called "Cashing In On Kids" to attack private companies looking to educate kids. Plus, the Sicilian Space Program launches a connolo into space.
February 28, 2014
3:00 -- Russia invades Ukraine; Buncombe County Board of Elections asks to reduce its early voting hours for the primary; Kay Hagan goes to Seattle to raise money comes back a "middle-out minion"; NC NAACP President says vouchers aimed at getting poor black kids out of failing government schools is the same as 1950s white racists who tried to use vouchers to get white kids out of going to school with black kids.
4:00 -- The last time Federal agents devoted massive resources to investigating voter fraud was 1982 in Chicago, where 100,000 fraudulent votes were discovered (about 10% of the total cast).
5:00 -- The President interrupts Pete's show to express his disapproval of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Plus, voter fraud and monogamous flies.