-December 2, 2013-
3:00 -- Is it unethical for Rep. Tim Moffitt to publish a newspaper outling all the great things his Republican Party passed in the NC Legislature?
4:00 -- Americans don't trust each other any more. Why? Plus Art Pope and William Barber exchange words.
5:00 -- Kevin King joins us to talk about his grassroots organizing work on college campuses. Plus, Milton Friedman debates Frances Fox Piven.
-December 3, 2013
3:00 -- Pete offers NC Democratic candidate recruiters the opportunity to come on the show. They chicken out.
4:00 -- The rise of the administrative state and why budget battles will be the focal point now.
5:00 -- The Hobby Lobby lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act, plus should chimpanzees get legal "personhood" status.
-December 4, 2013
3:00 -- A coup on the Mecklenburg County Commission might make it easier for South Asheville to de-annex from the city. Plus, a Hindu guy is mad at a local brewer for naming a beer Shiva.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest edition on news stands. Plus, Buncombe County Commissioners say they want to reduce the carbon footprint by 80%.
5:00 -- Kurth Schlichter, columnist at Townhall, says liberals have to lie. Plus, human cheese.
-December 5, 2013
3:00 -- Fast food workers protest for an increase in the federal minimum wage.
4:00 -- Ford O'Connell, GOP strategist and former McCain-Palin adviser, talks about what the Republican Party needs to do to win the Presidential race in 2016 - including "getting over the fact that Reagan is dead."
5:00 -- It turns out President Obama did know his illegal alien uncle living in Boston. Plus, the Democrats are desperate to get everyone to focus on income inequality.
-December 6, 2013
3:00 -- Why the Affordable Care Act is costing Democrats support among women.
4:00 -- Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) dismantles a liberal professor's defense of presidential overreach. Plus, Rev. William Barber's comments after getting convicted on 2 of 3 counts for his Moral Monday protests.
5:00 -- More from Rev. Barber. Plus, the Olympic torch lights a man on fire in Siberia and the NC lottery is now offering subscriptions!
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.