Winston-Salem Journal embarrasses itself

Situational ethics on parade:

Perdue did not loudly champion such a nonpartisan approach to redistricting until her party lost control of that process. But that would be changing the game on voters, too. Voters chose Republicans to run the legislature in 2011, and Republicans deserve the opportunity to show what they can do on redrawing legislative and congressional maps.

The Journal has endorsed an independent commission — but for the redistricting process that begins in 2021. Again, timing is essential.

But when you wrote this editorial a little over a year ago, you didn't say a damned thing about waiting 'til 2021:

North Carolina's flawed redistricting system only adds to the pressure on individual legislators to go along with the party leadership. Over the last two decades, redistricting has assured that most districts are not competitive in partisan terms. Districts lean heavily to one party or the other. This means that an individual legislator is more vulnerable in a primary than a general election. And individuals who challenge their party leaders, by failing to vote as they are told, tend to get more primary opponents.

This is not democratic representation. There are always hierarchies in legislative bodies, but rank-and-file legislators must have more independence in this state.

The first step in restoring a more representative legislature would be a nonpartisan redistricting process that sought to create competitive districts. Unfortunately, the current legislative powers would have to agree to that and they don't appear to be in any hurry to do so.

By "current legislative powers" you were talking about the Democratic majority, and your inference was, as long as they were in power, the redistricting reform wouldn't take place. You were sending a not-quite-subliminal message to your readers that, if they wanted to see independent redistricting, they would need to vote in the other guys.

Well, they did vote in the other guys, who are now (like you) pointing fingers and coming up with excuses.

In general, I lament the death of the newspaper. But when I see such blatant hypocrisy demonstrated by an editorial staff, it leads me to believe my "mourning period" will be brief and not quite as painful as I feared.

Comments

Hypocrisy Award of the Day Goes to Winston-Salem Journal

"Stunningly clear hypocrisy!"

"Breathtaking achievement in the category of flip-flopping!"

"Truly a masterpiece in doublespeak."

Today's hypocrisy award to the Winston-Salem Journal editorial board is richly deserved.

 

Not a bad idea

I think a monthly (or weekly) Hypocrisy Award would be a great method of exposure, with maybe an appropriate image to set it off:

LTE

Click the "Dear Editor" box on the right and send them a piece of whatever is left of your mind.

How sad

n/t