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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – As New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield wrapped up his State of the County address Monday night, he invited Wilmington media to partner with the county to showcase all of the great things it’s doing for citizens.

He also said the same thing in his first sit-down interview on the county’s cable channel.

While we as a local TV news organization don’t mind highlighting the good things going on in the county when they are timely and newsworthy, we can not – and will never – be a “partner” with the county.

What Mr. Barfield doesn’t seem to understand is that a local news outlet, whether it be print, television, cable or radio, can’t be a partner with a government entity and still be considered unbiased. What happens if a commissioner gets a DWI one night? Would the commission expect us not to cover it because it might embarrass our “partners?” What if a county employee is charged with embezzlement? Would our viewers be comfortable with our coverage if we’re considered “in bed” with local officials?

So Mr. Barfield, please don’t be offended if we don’t take you up on your offer. Please keep sending us news releases touting all the great things you’re doing to make our area a great place to live. But let’s just be friends, OK?

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6 Comments on "Mr. Chairman, we’re flattered, but we don’t want to date"

2015 years 10 months ago

You are calling yourself unbiased? Frankly there is no such thing as a local un-biased media outlet in this area. Not to mention that lately, WWAY headlines read more like the enquirer than a serious news outlet.

Wade griffis
2015 years 10 months ago

No other media outlet in Wilmington seems to be willing to do it.

2015 years 10 months ago

Keep drinking your Kool-Aid

2015 years 10 months ago

WWAY, you are absolutely correct. Unlike the national “state run”, lamestream mainstream media and their slobering love of the Obama administration you plan to stay unbiased and not partner with any government body. Keep up the good work and keep covering the news.

2015 years 10 months ago

I think you do a great job of fair and unbiased reporting and I appreciate it. So I intentionally watch your news, go to your website everyday and think you are quite fair. Keep up the good work. The only people that should be concerned are those who are not doing the right thing, which is alot of our local politicians.

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m gone. Your reporting is childish and borders on silly. What happened to reporting the news without dumb comments and Big Talker FM slants? Is this your way of trying to compete with WECT? If so, your in need of some new direction at your station.
You have driven me away and I will no longer be part of this mental midget regime.


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