Hot off the heels of getting a little love from NC Policy Watch during their Sunshine Week, The Rant has exposed the Carolina Journal's rather fraudulent story about tax fraud.
Carolina Journal has tried to dredge up fear of "Mexicans" and those with "Hispanic-sounding names," and has relied on one Lee County GOP activist named Martha Underwood for the crux of their convenient story. But, as The Rant shows, Underwood's story lacks proof, and a simple timeline of the events shows this story is, at best, questionable. Underwood's story unravels quickly with a few Google searches and access to a calendar.
Perhaps Underwood uncovered a tax-cheating ring complete with "a van full of people" taking mail from her neighbor, giving a "victory shout" when getting the fraudulent tax check, and then "burning rubber" out of her neighborhood. Or, perhaps Underwood provides a convenient narrative to help Carolina Journal find some "others" who are thieving our hard-earned money and thus government is bad.