Mean-spirited Reporting

Getting the facts isn’t as hard as some make it seem; The Washington Post deserves no better than a C- for a story it did about Asheville, N.C.

But the measure’s main goal was immediately interpreted and publicly portrayed by homosexuals, lesbians, transsexuals, etc., as a restraint on their liberties. Joining them in that protest were the mainstream media, academia, mainline churches, and—perhaps most significant—some leaders in business and travel. Major corporations (like PayPal) as well as huge sporting groups (like the NBA and the NCAA) threatened to halt business in North Carolina—and some did.


If there’s anything worse than a mean-spirited spoilsport, it’s a mean-spirited spoilsport who apparently doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about. That was the case a couple of weeks back with The Washington Post. On attitude alone, the Post deserves a grade of no better than C- for a story it did about WORLD’s hometown of Asheville, N.C. And the story offered sorry coverage of the basic facts of the case.

You folks who live in the other 49 states (or overseas) may have other important things to concern you this week. But I urge you not to ignore the “battle of the bathroom bill” we’ve been waging and watching here in North Carolina. It could all come home to haunt you as well.

This all started this past March when North Carolina’s largely conservative legislature and moderate governor enacted House Bill 2. To be sure, HB2 meant that persons with varied gender “identities” would have to think twice about which public restrooms they’re inclined to use. But clearly, the measure’s main goal was to preserve the integrity of the signage and usage of public restrooms. People using such facilities, the law said, must use the space corresponding to the sex—male or female—indicated on that person’s birth certificate. The new law was aimed fully as much—and maybe more—at nontransgender people who might take advantage of ambiguously labeled restrooms.

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