Category Archives: Media

Attention media: Do not do this

Next week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction will release state test results for the 2013-14 school year.  Last year’s results cannot be compared to the 2012-13 scores because the N.C. State Board of Education moved from four achievement levels in 2012-13 to five achievement levels in 2013-14.  In both cases, a Level III scoreContinue Reading

Are you happy now, ‘climate disruption’ skeptics? You made scientists cry.

Note: You will notice my use of the appropriate euphemism of the day to describe the nonphenomenon previously known as anthropogenic global warming, global warming, and climate change. I have already described the new approach chosen by “doomsayers selling fear-based costly political solutions” to “climate disruption,” which has to be — given that the earthContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Now that North Carolina lawmakers have finished their 2014-15 state budget plan, Becki Gray and Terry Stoops offer their analysis of the budget’s key provisions during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Leading media attorney Mark Prak discusses some proposals from the Federal Communications Commission that are raising red flags for broadcasters, and you’llContinue Reading

Should we retire the expression “to call a spade a spade”?

“As with many other racialized terms, there were efforts to reclaim the word after it had become a slur.  [snip] So what does all of this mean for people who want to, well, “call a spade a spade”? I urge caution. [University of Vermont professor Wolfgang] Mieder concludes his case study [titled Call a SpadeContinue Reading

WSOC: “Parents, teachers frustrated by stoppage of Common Core”

Another misleading headline courtesy of WSOC in Charlotte. According to WSOC reporter Paige Hansen, parents and teachers are frustrated by stoppage of Common Core. There is just one problem.  Common Core hasn’t stopped.  Hansen even says so in her story. Common Core remains in place for the 2014-15 school year.  A standards review commission willContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Harry Painter reports for Carolina Journal Online about the “reverse transfer” process that’s designed to help college dropouts earn degrees. Jon Ham’s Daily Journal questions media outlets that make deals with rogue regimes in return for access.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online about a new state audit critical of North Carolina Medicaid approval procedures. John Hood’s Daily Journal assesses the North Carolina newspaper market.

Work is more important than joblessness with ‘compassionate’ wages out of reach

The News & Observer has yet another column by UNC poverty center director Gene Nichol that promotes the idea that raising the minimum wage is the key to fighting poverty. It concludes with the scholarly delineation that’s worth $212K per year: “It’s the wages, stupid.” When the poverty center was hastily assembled within the lawContinue Reading