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The Regressive Pulse? Governor’s official press releases sounding more like blog posts

Traditionally, official press releases issued from the offices of high public officials carry some imprimatur of solemnity and seriousness. While one realizes at some level that they’re ultimately just a way of the official in question to communicate with the media and the public, the releases still typically come with (and convey) an air of officialdom — i.e. that they are public documents issued by the public official in his or her official government capacity.

With this as background, check out a couple of recent “press releases” from Gov. Pat McCrory that sound and look more like dashed-off blog posts.

On Tuesday of this week, the Governor of North Carolina issued an official press release that was simply a reprinted Wall Street Journal editorial about the evils of extended unemployment benefits. It even included the social media abbreviation “ICYMI” in the headline – as in “ICYMI: Wall Street Journal: How to Keep Workers Unemployed.”

Then, just yesterday, the Governor issued another “official” press release. It said the following:

Governor McCrory Speaks Out on Election Reform Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               919-814-2100

Thursday, December 12, 2013              govpress@nc.gov

Raleigh, N.C.– A ruling from a federal district court judge in Winston-Salem today set a trial for July 2015 on challenges to North Carolina’s election reform law.

Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement:

“It’s ironic that a photo ID was required to gain entry for today’s hearing in a Federal Court Building. This presents the strongest case yet that requiring a photo ID to vote is common sense, even for Washington lawyers and liberal activists – and this argument will be upheld regardless of the trial date.”

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Given this new approach, it probably won’t be long before the Guv’s official press releases are reduced to random political thoughts — perhaps even formatted as tweets. Stay tuned.

4 Comments

  1. Patti U

    December 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

    By the governor’s logic above, then I guess it is also ironic that no one can carry a gun into the Federal Court Building (or any state building), yet they are permitted in bars, playgrounds, and parks……

  2. GOP Rules

    December 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Since this touches on VIVA….check out who Civitas has found is in favor of voter ID!

    http://civitasreview.com/elections-campaigns/south-africa-requires-voter-id-why-shouldnt-we/

  3. Skeptic

    December 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    GOP Roolz,

    South Africa’s government is run by formerly oppressed blacks who are committed to upholding the rights they died for. Republikkkans like Civitas are the heirs of white oppressors who African-Americans to take their rights away, and the expressed intent of Voter ID is to do the same, in a way that inflicts moral violence rather than physical violence (for now). Republicans are the new Afrikaaners.

  4. Skeptic

    December 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    White oppressors who *killed* African Americans. Oh, and they’re again, viz. RJA repeal. Frankly, it is offensive for Civitas to claim the anti-Apartheid mantle. They are racist imperialists to the core.