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“Never let the facts get in the way of a good story” — this appears to be the motto not just of Fox News, but of one of Fox’s most obsequious local outlets, the Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation.

Check out, for instance, this post from yesterday afternoon on “The Locker Room” blog. The story is about some township officials in a Philadelphia suburb who want a local woman to get a permit ( a permit that costs a lot of money) before she hands out food to hungry kids from her home. Sounds like a classic case of officious government bureaucrats messing with private charity, right?

Well, it may well be (though one has to wonder if the Fox/Locke people would be yelling if the poor kids were lining up next door to Art Pope’s house and trampling his roses rather than doing so in a lower income, minority neighborhood), but here’s the interesting part: The Locke post inaccurately gives the impression that the food is from private donors. Read More

The AP has a thorough story this morning on Rep. George Cleveland’s’s statement that “We have nobody in the state of North Carolina living in extreme poverty.” In it, reporters Martha Waggoner and Gary Robertson shine a little more light on what lies behind Cleveland’s weirdly distorted view of reality.

They quote Cleveland as follows:

“I’m sure there are hungry people in North Carolina, but to say they are living in extreme poverty in North Carolina, I think that’s an overstatement.”

This actually explains a lot. According to Cleveland, Read More

If you’re lucky enough to be among the North Carolinians who can look forward to a delicious Thanksgiving feast this week, be sure to check out this new report from the N.C. Budget and Tax Center first.  The report includes a county-by-county table  that documents the rise in unemployment and Food Stamp participation since the onset of the Great Recession.