Which also happens to be a classic defense mechanism of a serial harasser:
In a late Sunday night phone conversation with WUNC Hall again denied the allegations laid out in the original story, and said he believes it stems from a personal relationship.
“The father of my ex-girlfriend is the executive director of NC Policy Watch,” Hall said, referring to Megan Glazier, the daughter of Rick Glazier. “They worked on the story for months and released on the last day of primary filing, with unnamed sources. They have a journalistic obligation to disclose those personal conflicts, but did not. There is a big difference between reporting a story, and creating a story.” “This was a personal vendetta.”
To say I find this "very unlikely" is an understatement. The first hurdle of disbelief to hop over is the idea that Rick Glazier would use his position at the NC Justice Center to do such a thing, to carry out a personal vendetta. But let's say we make it over that jump in one piece, and can keep running. Now we have to leap over the idea that Rob Schofield would play along. A man who has dedicated 12 years to building the structure and integrity of NC Policy Watch. Not gonna happen. But since we're already in fantasy-land, let's assume that record-breaking jump was successful. Now we've got to convince Billy Ball to be a co-conspirator, a man who has been neck-deep in journalistic reporting since before he even graduated from UNC. That's fifteen years of building a reputation of credibility and accuracy. The idea that any of these guys, much less all three, would even want to engage in a fraudulent smear campaign, much less jeopardize their integrity and careers over it, ranks up there somewhere near chem-trails on the crazy conspiracy chart. Three strikes, you're out Duane.