Friday News: Fake news, Berger style


ALTERED NEWS? SENATE GOP LEADER BERGER CHANGES HEADLINES ABOUT COOPER (AP) -- The news was real, but the headlines weren't. The office of Republican N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger altered headlines from state news outlets on the senator's official Facebook page. On Jan. 30, The Charlotte Observer published a headline on its website reading, "Carolinas political leaders react to Trump's executive order." On Berger's page, the headline was changed to say, "Cooper flip flops on refugees." In addition to changing the headline, the Facebook post also removed an image of Sen. Thom Tillis from the Observer story and replaced it with a photo of Cooper laughing.

RTI: 20-YEAR STUDY SHOWS 'NO EVIDENCE' LGBTQ PEOPLE POSE A PUBLIC THREAT (WUNC-FM) -- LGBTQ people face a high risk of physical and sexual violence and harassment, according to Triangle-based nonprofit research institute RTI International. Social Scientist Tasseli McKay analyzed 20 years' worth of research on violence perpetrated by and against members of the LGBTQ community. She says she found no evidence of transgender people abusing cisgender people, whose sex matches their gender expression. McKay said her victimization study explores the basis for North Carolina's House Bill 2. That law restricts local anti-discrimination ordinances.

LAWMAKER PROPOSES PROTECTIONS FOR EX-GOVERNORS AFTER CROWD CHASED MCCRORY (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Former governors who have just left office would be entitled to a state bodyguard for a year if they request one, under a bill filed Thursday in the General Assembly. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Dan Bishop, a Republican from Charlotte who was prompted by a January confrontation in Washington, D.C., involving former Gov. Pat McCrory. A group of people yelling “Shame!” chased McCrory and called him a bigot for his support of House Bill 2.

POLICE FALSELY TOLD A MAN HE COULDN’T FILM THEM. ‘I’M AN ATTORNEY,’ HE SAID. ‘I KNOW WHAT THE LAW IS.’ (Washington Post) - - One of the first things Jesse Bright did after being pulled over by police on a recent Sunday afternoon was turn on his phone and begin filming. Bright was driving for Uber to make some extra cash, but he works full-time as criminal defense attorney in North Carolina. As a lawyer, he said, he believes strongly that when people record their interactions with police, it helps reduce confusion if their cases end up in court. As he aimed his phone in the direction of officers and recorded, Bright was surprised to hear Wilmington Police Sgt. Kenneth Becker tell him that there was a new state law that prohibited him from recording police. Bright told The Washington Post that he knew better — no such law exists in North Carolina.

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