Save a starving reporter

This N&O email I received earlier today went viral with names attached, and ended up at the Poynter Institute. Funny stuff.

From: "Susan Spring"
Date: November 3, 2008 11:46:07 AM EST
To: [Raleigh News & Observer staff]
Subject: Pizza etiquette

I want to remind you that pizza will be provided tomorrow night ONLY for those working on elections. Please be polite. If you are working elections, you may have up to TWO slices. Thank you in advance for being considerate.

Susan Spring
Director of Newsroom Operations
The News & Observer
(919) 829-4860


A message from executive editor John Drescher a few hours later:

GOTV in North Carolina: The view from UNITE HERE

Never in a million years did I think I'd be spending Election Day 08 with you all in North Carolina. Though UNITE HERE has deep roots in the state, North Carolina has some of the lowest union density in the country. Yet here I am in North Carolina, "embedded" in an enormous mobilization of union members who are volunteering for Barack Obama, Kay Hagan, Larry Kissell, Bev Perdue and other Democratic candidates. With the Presidential candidates running neck-and-neck here for the first time since Carter, there is nowhere else I'd rather be.

And, when I awake, a new day.

This is it. I'm off to bed. Tomorrow we'll be out at the polls around 6am to set up for the 6:30 opening. We have all the Observers set and our INCREDIBLE Vice-Chair has gone through and updated every list, every database, every little thing. We have two or three greeters at all times throughout the day, but we might send some of them over to the precinct staging house to call our friends and neighbors. Why? Because rumor is that upwards of 80% of our targeted voters have already voted. Crazy? Maybe.

We have our runners who will take the names to the staging house, to remove them from the national database so we won't waste time calling asking them to vote.

So, tomorrow we work, they vote, we call, they vote, we knock, they vote.

And, then, we wake to a new day.

David Price calls out Lawson for lies

We've been pretty darn accommodating and patient with Libertarian activists pushing the BJ Lawson agenda. But it's time to push back. Because Lawson, who is running against David Price as a Republican, appears to have followed Liddy Dole into liar-land by grossly distorting Congressman Price's record. I used to think the Libertarian-leaning Lawson had little in common with his Republican colleagues, but it appears he has picked up too many of their evil ways.

This just in by email from the Price campaign:

The New York Times Has An Award For Liddy

In today's editorial page.

There are no awards for the season’s slimiest political messages (Swift Boat statuettes?), but two deserve consideration in the character assassination category.

In the first, Republicans in Pennsylvania flooded 75,000 Jewish voters with an e-mail alarum from a retired Jewish judge equating a vote for Barack Obama with the “tragic mistake” of Jews who ignored the warning signs of the Holocaust. Quick apologies and retractions were offered once this surfaced in the press, but too late for the unspeakable to be spiked.

In the second, the campaign of Senator Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, who is in a very tight race, broadcast her desperation by attacking her opponent, State Senator Kay Hagan, for accepting “godless money” at a “secret” fund-raiser whose hosts included a leader of a secularist group.


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