News & Observer non-endorsement

The News & Observer did not endorse any candidate in the 2nd Congressional district — but neither did they mention me at all in the editorial. Here is what I wrote them and posted as a comment online:

N&O editorial writers should do more thorough research, or at least read the N&Os own online voter guide, so they have complete information on the races before writing their editorial candidate endorsements. They apparently couldn’t find enough difference between two of the candidates in the 2nd Congressional District to endorse either.

Perhaps this was because they were unaware there’s a third candidate in the race, Libertarian Brian Irving. Either that or they deliberately ignored the fact because they would have had to let readers know there was candidate with significantly different, some would say radical, views. And that might have made their non-endorsement more difficult.

Or this oversight simply could be in keeping with the paper’s apparent policy to completely ignore Libertarian candidates altogether. In three full-page stories, the N&O has made an excruciating attempt to report on the supposed differences between the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates without evening mentioning Libertarian Barbara Howe.

Journalistic integrity demands, and North Carolina voters deserve, better, fairer and more complete reporting.

As a P.S. I know the N&O company knows I’m running because I received a solicitation to purchase advertising.

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