The Wake County Republican Party is taking a blame the media strategy to energize their base for the upcoming school board elections.
In this week's issue of the Elephant Express, Wake GOP Chairwoman Susan Bryant contends today that the news media is being "dishonest" in not covering the school board's accomplishments. For instance, she contends that a recent article didn't report that Wake County's average SAT scores are above the national average because "the N&O simply wasn't about to print anything that might reflect positively on the job the Wake County School Board was doing."
That story focused on how the state was doing on the SAT. It didn't mention Wake's performance or that of any area district. It also didn't mention that Chapel Hill-Carrboro has an even high score.
Back to Bryant's complaints:
"This sort of implacable opposition of the news media (other outlets, especially WRAL-TV are equally biased) is not only bad journalism, it's dishonest," Bryant writes. "And, sadly, it may be working. Polls show a lot of Wake County people have no idea about the successes and triumphs the Republican majority School Board has achieved in the past two years."
Bryant claims the N&O hasn't reported on things such as no teachers being cut, the increase in the graduation rate, the drop student violence and suspensions and the expansion in foreign language, advanced math programs and themed academies.
Just search the archives for the answer to those complaints.
All of her complaints lead up to her pitch for the GOP school board candidates.
"That's why I'm urging you to support Heather Losurdo for School Board in District 3, Donna Williams in District 6, Cynthia Matson in District 5 and Venita Peyton in District 4," Bryant writes. "And of course, we must support Ron Margiotta for relection in District 8. They are the only candidates who are committed to the reforms and progress that are so clearly being made."