Tag:news and observer

  • Bootleggers, Baptists, and a zebra cobra 

    Many of the problems with modern American politics stem from a media obsessed with creating a dramatic narrative and politicians dying to be on center stage. We don’t have to look any further than Raleigh’s recent case of the missing zebra cobra (N. nigricincta) to find an…

  • A note from CJ’s editor: Media should be better

    This week, a column from the Carolina Journal was cited in an article in the Triangle area’s local News & Observer.  The column, written by Dallas Woodhouse, in “The Woodshed” contained analysis and informed speculation after U.S. Census numbers revealed that North Carolina would gain a 14th U.S. House seat. In…

  • Divergent opinions and the power of independent thought

    The News & Observer of Raleigh and The Charlotte Observer have offered up a wonderful example of the power of free and independent thought. The example, in the form of a pair of wildly disparate editorials, was probably an accident and most likely elicited audible gasps and groans from the staffs…

  • Connecting the wrong dots

    Some reporters make mistakes that aren’t very innocent. Others distort the information they’ve gathered to push agendas. But rarely do those who engage in such malpractice suffer any public embarrassment — and it’s rarer still that their employers face any monetary setback for publishing those errors. But that actually happened in…