-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!
I've often said, the bias of a journalist or a news operation is not necessarily how they cover a story, but what stories they don't.
When a newsroom is staffed with people who share similar perspectives on life, politics, and religion, these people will often fail to see the newsorthiness of certain topics while devoting massive coverage to others.
It's why you want a diverse newsroom. And by diverse I mean more than just racially.
Here is an exchange I had with journalist Mark Binker on Twitter yesterday. Binker works at WRAL, a Raleigh TV station, where he does a lot of legislative reporting.
As I covered the other day in this blog post, NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, publicly declared opposition to the voter ID law passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly and signed by the Republican Governor.
Cooper indicates he intends to run for Governor against Pat McCrory in 2016.
Cooper had asked the governor not to sign the voting bill, calling it “regressive” and saying the new requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls is “unnecessary, expensive and burdensome.” His comments were cited in the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit filed Monday.
Cooper also sent out a fundraising e-mail highlighting his opposition to the law, and launched an online petition urging the Governor to veto it.
These actions led the Governor and the GOP leaders in the General Assembly to hire their own attorneys because they don't trust the AG or his office to represent the state adequately.
WRAL's Binker doesn't see a problem with Cooper's actions, however.
@PeteKaliner If I believed he was doing that, no.— mark binker (@binker) October 7, 2013
In an op-ed yesterday, former NC Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr outlined why the Republicans are right to be suspicious about the representation Cooper's office could provide.
Any criticism of Gov. Pat McCrory’s decision to hire outside legal counsel in the litigation over the voter ID legislation is not only wrong but reflects a lack of understanding of the duties a lawyer owes to his client.
The attorney-client relationship demands candor and trust between the client – in this case the governor – and his attorneys.
In defending the voter ID litigation, a straightforward, honest conversation between the governor and his attorneys is necessary to determine the legal strategy for handling the lawsuit. The attorney general’s actions undoubtedly interfere with the mutual trust that is necessary to litigate this case.
As I said earlier, journalistic bias is often found in which stories don't get covered because the reporter believes the issue isn't newsworthy.
In this case, Binker doesn't believe Cooper has jeopardized the State's defense of the voter ID law. So, his sarcasm gets directed towards the GOP for raising the issue, and he dismisses the issue.
Bias isn't always how a story gets covered. It's what doesn't get covered at all.