As so much political coverage is horserace driven, I’ll put this sampler in those terms: N.C. newspapers gave readers a dueling perspective of looking forward or looking backward.
Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Morganton, Statesville, Mooresville and Hickory presented an Associated Press package of stories on Trump’s legacy. Headline:
“Examining a legacy.” (I don’t know about the others, but the News & Record published four pages inside.)
Countering that, New Bern, Kinston, Jacksonville, Henderson and Burlington published an Associated Press story looking forward to Biden’s term. Headline: “After Trump, Biden aims to reshape the presidency itself.”
Random thought: So much for local papers going intensely local and avoiding wire copy.
There were other notable stories, though:
Greensboro: The News & Record, beneath the Trump legacy story, has a piece on Greensboro’s mayor’s proposal to require bars and restaurants to be more involved in addressing crimes that occur on their property. This is an effort to reduce the rate of homicides in the city. I can’t find that story on the website, but right now this one leads the page: “Man dies in one of two shootings that injured two other people in Greensboro overnight.”
Charlotte: For those of us who have shopped Belk for our entire lives, this is significant. Belk, the 133-year-old Charlotte-based department store chain, has been pushed to the edge of solvency by a pandemic and the financial vulnerability of private equity ownership, industry experts and financial analysts say. Standard & Poor’s said in an October report that it’s likely the business will run out of cash within a calendar year.”
Raleigh: The N&O and Pro Publica show how the law, however well-intentioned, can protect businesses that should not be protected. “Signed into law in early May, just days after being proposed, North Carolina’s protections went further than many states, precluding even claims that don’t involve COVID-19 treatment or that stem from staffing shortages that could otherwise be evidence of gross negligence….In a state that has cast itself as a friend to industry, the breadth of North Carolina’s protections spoke to the power of Republicans over the economic agenda and the influence of the health care lobby.”