A Takedown of Carolina Journal's Convenient "Journalism"

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.

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Pathetic

and even more pathetic is the alarming rate at which the right-wing nut jobs in the NCGA cite the Carolina Journal as "proof" for their various twisted theories.

Art Pope's minions lie about something, the NC GOP circulates it as justification for their rant of the day, and the uninformed base laps it up.

Pathetic.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Remember, folks

when you suspect fraud of any kind, the thing to do is wait nearly a year and then report it to Carolina Journal. That's what good citizens do!

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Moral of the Story?

Good neighbors don't call the cops when they see potenital theft. They make vague mental notes about disconnected events and use them for right-wing fodder. Even Carolina Journal should see how shabby this "story" is. However, it graces the cover of their latest edition.

Now we remember something

Awhile back, we got some mail addressed to someone who doesn't live here. It was a Caucasian-sounding name. Not long after, we remember seeing a minivan full of white people in our neighborhood. When they saw us, they tried to burn rubber to get out of our neighborhood but it was a front-wheel drive so they couldn't.

Should we report this to John Hood, or do we go directly to Art Pope?

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

In many ways Lee County is a

In many ways Lee County is a microcosm of what is going on all over NC. The county commissioners, Rep. Stone, fracking, gated community "public" meetings, deregulation, GA micromanagement of local affairs, coal ash dumped in to the drinking water, attempts to punish free speech and now propaganda to promote ideology..........what am I leaving out?

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Good summary

We think you pretty much got it.

Perhaps add in women's health concerns and voter rights issues.

It's pretty much Art Pope's package all tied up in a bow.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis