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.
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.