Greg Brown: Partisan criticism

September 13, 2013 

Partisan criticism

When I read the Sept. 13 editorial “Meeker musings” after Sept. 12’s “Bond or bust,” I have to admit I baby barfed my morning coffee.

I made it all the way to the next to the last paragraph in the bond piece before you went partisan with your reference to the “poor performance by the Republican majority” of the last school board. In three editorials regarding the school bond issue, you have taken a swipe at the Republican General Assembly, governor, former school board majority and former superintendent Tony Tata.

But in your early endorsement of Meeker for governor in 2016, you lament a period of “harsh partisanship and inflammatory rhetoric designed to divide people rather than bring them together.” Are you serious? You constantly criticize partisanship in the school board, but you never pass on an opportunity to inject partisanship by criticizing Republicans.

As an independent voter when I read your paper, I feel like I’m reading a news release from the Democratic Party.

If there is a serious effort against the school bonds, it will be The News & Observer’s fault for its constant partisanship. I’m no Pat McCrory fan, but he hit the nail on the head when he compared you to MSNBC.

Greg Brown, Wendell

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