Cash Michaels is going after Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata for not praising President Obama for ordering the mission that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.
In a front-page article in The Carolinian last week, Michaels writes that Tata is "one well-known conservative Tea Party follower and longtime staunch critic of President Obama in North Carolina who, interestingly, has not been heard from yet this week." Michaels goes on to spend much of his post noting Tata's past criticism of Obama on Fox News and on conservative web sites.
Michaels writes that he unsuccessfully contacted Wake for a statement from Tata "regarding his reaction to the bin Laden mission as a retired US Army officer, and whether he had now changed his negative thoughts about President Obama, his leadership, and his relationship with the military."
After the story went to press, Michaels noted on his blog that Tata did talk about the issue on WTVD. But Michaels complains that Tata "really said next to nothing about President Obama except that he could confirm bin Laden's death."
"So as far as I'm concerned, he's still not said anything lauding the president's leadership at all," Michaels writes.
Is the criticism of Tata for not speaking out on non-school matters fair?
For instance, Michaels had questioned whether Tata would still do politcal commentary after being hired by Wake. But in the article, Michaels writes that Tata had not goine back on his promise to focus on leading Wake 24/7.
In the case of the WTVD interview, the media sought out Tata for a response. A TV crew was camped outside the school board conference room at last week's board meeting waiting for the closed session to end to ask Tata about bin Laden.