DOUBLE UPDATE (Robert P. jumping in):
Another cowardly reporter dodges the story because they "haven't gotten the story from someone involved". Reporters weren't so cautious, here, or here, or here, or here.
UPDATE: Two more bits of new on this sad saga.
First off, I just learned that the media may be suppressing another rampant rumor involving none other than Hairdresser Joe Boylan. Apparently Joe's been on the giving end of some uninvited groping of at least one female colleague in the House. And apparently everybody besides We the People knows about this, but the hush is on, courtesy of the mainstream political reporters.
Second, Representatives Almond and Boylan may have something else in common. Both came to town to replace moderate Republicans who could work across the aisle, and both were at odds with Richard Morgan. (Boylan challenged and defeated Morgan.) Which means they came to work with the blessings of Art Pope.
To my knowledge.
The State Capitol is all a-twitter about Representative David Almond (R) resigning from the House, a story which Greg Flynn was on top of early, following a blog post by Mark Binker. In the wake of the news, emails have been flying all around Raleigh from reliable sources that Almond's transgression involved exposing himself to a female staff member. I personally have received that news from several sources, and Greg reported it in the comments on his original post.
So why is it that the News and Observer, which has certainly gotten the same emails, is tip-toeing around the issue like some big game of "I've got a secret." From where I sit, it's just more political butt-covering, no pun intended, designed to give cover to the NC GOP.
The N&O in general, and Under the Dome in particular, report unsubstantiated rumors week-in and week-out. Why are they drawing some moralistic line-in-the-sand here? Are they afraid to offend the sensibilities of North Carolina's right-wing Theocrats if they say the word "masturbate" on their website? Is that somehow more offensive than reporting the steady stream of lies Babs Barrett covers coming out of the White House?