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As long as Civitas is apologizing….

As Raleigh’s News & Observer reported yesterday, the executive director of the Pope-Civitas Institute, Francis DeLuca, has publicly apologized for last week’s blog post in which he criticized the the man who serves — technically anyway — as his chief funder’s boss (i.e. Gov. McCrory) for attending an event sponsored by minority economic development nonprofits. 

Among other things, DeLuca said that:

“In talking about the event the Governor attended, I painted with too broad a brush by implying that an elected official’s appearance at an event involving organizations that lobby for state funds is tantamount to cronyism.”

In short, DeLuca admits that, as his group has long had a tendency to do, he got carried away with his conservative rhetoric. Good for him.  Though imperfect and at times borderline incoherent (the apology features a new attack on N.C. Policy Watch for, it would seem, raising the issue of his initial attack in the first place) DeLuca deserves credit for admitting that he was wrong.

Now then, as long as he’s taken that important first step, here are just a few of several other things for which he should publicly apologize:

 1.  The inaccurate, offensive and just plain absurd attacks on the Moral Monday protest movement in which Civitas alleges (in almost the same way he alleged in the attack on the minority economic development nonprofits) that the protesters’ real motivation was/is to line their own pocketbooks.

2. The attempt to intimidate protesters via the development of an online database that publicized their names and other identifying information to far right activists. 

3.   The false, ugly and explicitly personal attacks that Civitas has targeted at, among other people, Rev. William Barber of the NAACP and Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina.

And, of course, the list goes on and on. There are the monthly “polls” chock full of laughably rigged questions and the ridiculously partisan fib fests masquerading as “watchdog” events. And who could forget the hateful propaganda in favor of the marriage discrimination amendment

So, bottom line: Civitas is off to a promising start, but it has a long way to go.  We’ll stand by and keep our fingers crossed that yesterday’s post isn’t just a “one hit wonder” kind of deal.

6 Comments


  1. Thomas Payne

    September 19, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Why are contributions (and dues?) to this organization tax-exempt? This is a purely political right-wing attack dog. You can tell by the paucity of their arguments.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    September 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Yeah…..maybe you guys should both get together and “apologize” for all the untruths you publish over here. Glass houses and all. As an example, look at the scandal about PPP that is currently in the news, and you guys publish their polls like they are the gospel laid down by your deity of choice.

  3. wncgirl

    September 20, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Funny thing… click on the talking point of the month by Pope -and Civita’s online poll records your vote… choose the factual choice and it doesn’t work… really try it..

  4. Alan

    September 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    LSD, I know this probably hurt your feelings, I guess it’s hard to take when someone criticizes your employer like this…

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    September 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    wnc…link please.

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    September 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Allan,
    I am not employed by Civitas as I have stated several times. I do all this smakin’ on you guys for free and for fun. I wish I could get paid for it though, that way I could do it full time. But then again, it would become like a job if I did that so I guess this way is for the best.

    P.S. – Thanks for the compliment though. I know my comments are well thought out, and I am truly proud that you guys recognize my excellence.

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