(Paul Chesser, Liberty Headlines) The blockbuster story of Friday was that former NY Congressman Anthony Weiner, at the center of the Hillary Clinton email scandal and joked about nationwide for his sexual proclivities, would admit guilt to sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a suburban county outside Charlotte.
But at 2 p.m. that afternoon it was either old news — or not news — to the state’s two largest market newspapers and considered by many the sources of record for breaking political news.
The oversight might be mildly excusable, except the victim lives in the Charlotte Observer‘s back yard of Gaston County, just west of the city. Here’s what the home Web page of the newspaper looked like Friday afternoon:
As you can see, there is no sign of Weiner – until you scroll down midway through the page – where the Congressman’s story appears in the lower left corner:
As for the Raleigh News & Observer, which covers more politics in the state than any other media organization, the Weiner development was a total non-story by 2 p.m. Friday:
News of the congressman’s guilty plea did not appear anywhere on the state capital newspaper’s home Web page. That might be forgivable except the Charlotte and Raleigh papers and their Web sites, owned by McClatchy, share content all the time, regardless of whether it’s in the other’s market – especially articles of national significance.
Again, this is a North Carolina child that was the victim of a nationally-known, high profile political figure at the center of a major scandal — one who lives in the Charlotte Observer‘s distribution area. And Weiner basically confessed to pedophilia tendencies, if not actions, in his guilty plea.
But there was another factor: Weiner is a Democrat. If he was a Republican, or God forbid, Donald Trump…
“Charlotte and the Raleigh News & Observer are two of the most liberal rags in the country right now,” said NC Lt. Gov. Dan Forest nearly a year ago. “It’s pretty much leftist, propaganda arms anymore.”