When the headline falls short of the mark

Read a headline like this one …

Perdue vows stand on same-sex marriage ban

… and you expect an article explaining how Gov. Beverly Perdue plans to stake out a forceful position on a hot-button issue, regardless of the political consequences.

Instead, the News & Observer tells us this:

“I am going to do something later this week,” Perdue told reporters after a speech at the Marbles Big Idea Forum in Raleigh. “I’m working with the constituency groups, as you would expect me to do. I am making a lot of calls. My team is talking. I’ve known all along where I stand. I’ve tried to go back and talk to people about my position, and you will hear it very quickly.”

Translation: “You caught me before the spin doctors and pollsters told me what I should say about this issue.”

Given her recent history with speaking off the cuff, it’s not surprising that the governor wants to wait for the officially approved script.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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