NC Spin has done it again

I am about to blow a lid over here. Once again, NC Spin has stuck its foot in its mouth.

I dont like these people, and take most of what they write with a grain of salt (assuming I read it at all).

In their most recent email is this little gem:

Congressman Brad Miller has decided he won’t run against Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole for the US Senate in 2008. Miller isn’t that unhappy with his current gig and sees the Senate race as risky

Except that is just a bold faced lie. Brad Miller has not made a decision yet.

They go on to say that the national party is courting Roy Cooper, something that may in fact be true.

Now, I too have my sources. In case you missed it, Brad recently cancelled a campaign kickoff event until he could make a decision. You dont cancel an event because you are thinking of running for higher office and then two days later make a decision against running for higher office. Well, you could, but Brad Miller isnt an idiot.

But, what is my biggest reason for saying that Brad has not made up his mind yet? Because he hasnt contacted us. Now, that might sound a little egotistical, but its common knowledge that Brad is not only committed to the netroots, but trusts us, because we believe in him and have given him reasons to trust us. Quite frankly, knowing the record of NC Spin, and knowing many of their sources, I can gurantee you that we would know days before they did.

Even though I am annoyed that NC Spin has created a false story about a man I respect, I am actually thrilled by this. NC Spin is often a mouthpiece for conservative talking points. Their radio show is often graced by people like Chris Fitzsimon only because he is not afraid of anyone, and because they are non partisan.

If they are saying that Brad isnt in and that he is afraid of Elizabeth Dole it is because they are freaked out by him, and know that he would beat her.


NC Spin is a joke

and a bad one at that.

Back before BlueNC, I used to pay attention to their stuff because it had the illusion of insight. But once I started digging in myself on the issues, it became really clear that it's just another one of the many-ringed circus that is the Art Pope Puppetshow.

And there's a silver lining . . . more and more people are coming to the same conclusion. Soon they'll be left talking to themselves . . . and not even listening at that.

Do yourself a favor. Unsubscribe to their poliporn.

you are right

except there are a lot of people who think ncspin actually has good information. i am still on their list because of situations like that. i need to be able to know what lies are being given to people and be ready to respond.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

Carolina Journal Radio

This is on our local AM every week. Anyone else ever listen to this? It's on a few stations and they do have a podcast. It's pretty well done even if you don't like what they have to say. It makes me yell at the radio sometimes.


I love it! A new word! I'm going to use it. It's beautiful - and apt.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

He would never say

"He isn't that unhappy with his current gig". He is having fun and he loves his current gig.



I didnt pick up on that, but yes, it is a very very important detail.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

Further Proof

Under The Dome has a story today on the three people from the state legislature looking to run for Brad's seat if he does declare to run against Dole. The names:
Kay Hagan
Janet Cowell
Grier Martin

Personally, I think all three would be great. According to their blog, Grier is the only one who lives in the district, but I thought Cowell was in the 13th. Anyway, I would still rather see Grier win over those two, but all three would make excellent US House members.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

I'd like to see Kay Hagan

run for Howard Coble's seat.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Bipartisan agreement...

... that NC SPIN's email newsletter is a joke. I am frankly amazed at the percentage of "stories" (read: unverified drivel) they have to retract or correct the next week. It is a pathetic excuse for journalism. As for Blue South's assertion that "NC Spin is often a mouthpiece for conservative talking points," I must respectfully disagree. I think the newsletter is a mouthpiece only for what will increase its ad revenue. The TV show isn't so bad, because it gives talking heads a chance to debate. People know what they're getting. The sad thing is that many people view the garbage in SPIN Cycle as fact when it's merely gossip.

Good points.

I used to get the newsletter and always felt I was reading a dumbed-down version of the National Enquirer.

SPAM Cycle?

Maybe they should rename it.

SPAM Cycle

closer to the truth

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

not journalism

A couple of months ago they wrote in the newsletter, that they are not journalists. And people should stop getting mad at them if they don't follow journalistic standards. For example, they don't need two sources to run a rumor.

They are a gossip sheet and so people should take it for what it is.

Maybe not journalists...

... but many people still perceive their newsletter as journalism and their content as "news." At a minimum it is an irresponsible use of their bully pulpit.

Im sure

the view that they have conservative talking points is just my own bias slipping in.

Thanks for the comment though.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

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For goodness sake -

They even call it "Spin" - isn't that politco-speak for gossip, or opinion, or whatever? We should all realize what it is by the title. They're not trying to represent it as anything else.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

From where they sit...

...they probably view it exactly as you described. However, I do know that many people read the emails and assume that the writers have done their homework and at least attempted to verify what they are saying. While they certainly have the right of free speech, with that right comes a responsibility to use it wisely. I'm not convinced they do when it comes to the newsletter. Just my two cents.

I don't entirely disagree

But be prepared to hear yourself quoted when someone makes the mistake of holding BlueNC to not-applicable journalistic standards.