No Filter? Governor McCrory’s Staff Planted Questions to Avoid HB2

Written by SK Ashby

Both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) pulled future events out of North Carolina last week in protest of the state's anti-transgender "bathroom bill" HB2.

The consequences of Governor Pat McCrory's continued defense of HB2 may be something the press would like to ask him about, but McCrory's staff has that covered.

The governor's staff, in one of the most boneheaded moves I can recall, planted questions for McCrory to answer and attributed the questions to the state's most-read newspaper, the Charlotte Observer.

McCrory’s staff planted questions at a lunch event in SouthPark on Thursday with the crowd under the impression that they were coming from the media or the audience. The moderator, a volunteer from the lunch audience, introduced three questions by saying they were from the Charlotte Observer. [...]

When the moderator asked how to get started, McCrory said, “Anything you like. No filter here.” Sure, who needs a filter when you posed the questions yourself?

When I tried to ask McCrory a question, the filter went up. “We’ve got three Observer questions answered already. I think you guys dominate the news enough.”


If you're going to plant questions, you probably shouldn't attribute them to a publication that has an editor in attendance at the event.

Governor McCrory is an idiot surrounded by other idiots.