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Dear n/a:

The North Carolina Democratic Party would like to bring to your attention a
problem which we believe undermines the credibility and fairness of an
increasing number of news reports in North Carolina: Some North Carolina
news outlets have come to rely on organizations created and/or funded by
former Republican legislator Art Pope and his family as “news” sources or
validators for stories on political or public policy matters, without
disclosing the partisan political nature of these organizations.

The Pope family has a long history in North Carolina of promoting and funding
Republican candidates and policy positions. To further its efforts, the
Pope family has established a network of organizations that present
themselves as independent watchdogs and research organizations but which
are, in reality, closely related entities engaged in a coordinated effort to
promote Pope’s political agenda.

These organizations include:

. The John Locke Foundation
. The John W Pope Civitas Institute
. Civitas Action
. The Foundation for Ethics in Public Service
. Real Jobs North Carolina
. Americans for Prosperity

Too frequently, some reporters turn to these organizations for comment or
third party validation without disclosing to their readers/viewers the
partisan nature, Pope-family affiliation, and/or far-right policy positions
of these entities.

To be clear, we do not object to a news outlet printing or broadcasting
comments by representatives of Pope-related organizations. However, we do
object to news outlets doing so without disclosure of the Pope-affiliation
and/or partisan political agenda of these organizations. News outlets have
an ethical responsibility to identify the Pope-related employee or
organization as part of the Pope network so that viewers/readers can take
this information into account as they evaluate the employee’s or
organization’s comments.

For your convenience, here is a Raleigh News & Observer
article on Pope and his network of organizations. As the article notes,
Pope has been such an important funder of the state Republican Party, that
the state headquarters is named in honor of his parents. And his family
foundation has provided more than $28 million to finance the network of
organizations he created to pursue his political and policy agenda.

On behalf of the North Carolina Democratic Party, I respectfully request
that you re-evaluate your policies regarding the incorporation into news
stories of comment from Pope-related organizations to be sure that you are
providing your readers/viewers with the information they need to put such
comments into proper context.


David Parker
Chairman, North Carolina Democratic Party

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9 Comments on "NC Democratic Party reminds media that some groups are conservative"

2015 years 10 months ago

I believe you’re going to see the Senate loose another third of your Socialist cockroach buddies, and an even larger majority in the house.

Altruism ends at the checkbook and too many Americans are tired of the share the wealth mentality and free lunch for moochers that has gripped this country since 1964.

The best assistance we could give to the working poor would be free sterilzations. Poor people shouldn’t produce more poor people. They are generally of limited intelligence and believe that they are entitled to other peoples’ money.

So remember, “our demographic” has the money, the power, AND the guns, if needed. People of your demographic belong in Cuba or North Korea.

2015 years 10 months ago

what your saying is liberal leftist LOONS are just too lazy to get out and vote?…you just verified some of my feelings on Liberals…

It appears by your little rant…that you have NO CLUE on how businesses run…YOU FAIL!

2015 years 10 months ago

The majority of the democratic party just can’t get through their feeble brains what happened in the November election. Instead of them trying to figure out where they went wrong with voters, they contiunally bash people who don’t see their point of view. It needs to stop!

2015 years 10 months ago

Pam, 35% turnout is why Republicans won major victories. Lawmakers would be well advised to realize that wasn’t a mandate. It was the will of the increasingly irrelevant people who make up your demographic. I am totally psyched to get the economy back on track, following 2012, by raising taxes, upping assistance to the working poor, and building up infrastructure, rather than hand jobs to our bosses.

2015 years 10 months ago

You just bashed them instead of seeing their point of view. It needs to stop!

2015 years 10 months ago

Yesterday it was an excerpt and link to an assassination of Pantano by the Huffington Post.

Today it’s a “Don’t listen to them” press release from the NC Dimocrats.

I’d suggest mandatory drug testing for everyone at WWAY. There has to be some explanation for your sudden interest in liberal lunacy. From a business point of view, you’d better analyze the political demographics of your market before you get in bed with the Socialist cockroaches.

Plus, we already have NPR (through WHQR) if we want to hear the pro-Muslim, pro-Marxist, pro-union, anti-American slant on the world.

2015 years 10 months ago

If the Democrat Party is willing to list the names of the organizations that the Pope family supports, please list the organizations funded by George Soros. Let’s clear the air!

2015 years 10 months ago

Now the Democrats are facing the same tactics they have used for years. The political left is great for taking a group which benefits from it’s largess ( at the expense of tax payers) such as the N.C Education Association among many others and using them as purveyors propaganda for increased spending and increased taxation. Even now they’re lining up supposed ” victims of spending cuts” to whine to the media. It’s good that some of the media are on to these tactics.

2015 years 10 months ago

“Elections have consequences..”
“…They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

Remember those words…..guess what…Americans ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY…VOTED..and now the Democrats want to complain instead of sucking it up. If you think it’s over….wait until 2012! If the Republicans don’t do some work..THEY are out as well!


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