Charlotte Newspaper Employs Bogus Labels To Skew Story Against GOP Senate Candidate

In as story about dueling ethics complaints in the tight North Carolina Senate race, the Charlotte Observer used labels to skew the story against Republican Tom Tillis and toward the incumbent, Kay Hagen. The paper used a quote from the Exec. Director of CREW to slam the Tillis charge against Hagen, labeling CREW "non partisan" despite the fact that its chairman is David Brock, who also runs the progressive propaganda site Media Matters for America.  The Observer uses The Daily Caller to support Tillis' charge against Hagen, labeling the DC conservative. But when using the Huffington Post to support Hagen's charge against Tillis, the Observer doesn't label HufPo a liberal site.

In a Tuesday article, "Conflict-of-interest charges fly in North Carolina Senate contest," the Observer described the charges each Senate candidate made about their opponent. 

Hagan voted for President Barack Obama’s plan to stimulate the economy during the recession. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $763 billion in tax cuts, spending on mandatory programs such as Medicaid and investments in infrastructure, energy efficiency and other areas.

The Senate Ethics Committee doesn’t comment about complaints it receives.

Melanie Sloan, an expert on congressional ethics and the executive director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington [CREW], a government watchdog group, called it “a stupid complaint” and predicted the committee would dismiss it.

CREW is anything but non-partisan. Ms. Sloan is a longtime Democratic Party operative, and the organization receives its funding from an all-star team of progressive "sugar-daddies" including Arca Foundation, the David Geffen Foundation, Democracy Alliance, the Mayberg Family Charitable Foundation, the George Soros's Open Society Institute, the Sheller Family Foundation, the Streisand Foundation, the Tides Foundation, the Wallace Global Fund, and the Woodbury Fund.

The Chairman of CREW is David Brock, who also runs the progressive Media Matters for America. When Brock added CREW to his stable two months ago, POLITICO wrote:

 The reconfigured CREW, which is searching for a new executive director, will add a more politically oriented arm, expand its focus into state politics and donor targeting and will operate in close coordination with Brock’s growing fleet of aggressive Democrat-backing nonprofits and super PACs — Media Matters, American Bridge and the American Independent Institute.

“CREW gives us some potentially powerful tools in the tool box,” said Brock, who founded his flagship organization Media Matters in 2004. “We have been in the accountability for 10 years very successfully. It is kind of a one-stop-shop now.”

The Charlotte Observer continues by identifying the media outlets originating the charges against each candidate:

The conservative Daily Caller recently published an article about Hagan’s son, Tilden. His solar company, Green State Power, put the solar panels on JDC Manufacturing’s roof. It also did installations for two other North Carolina projects that together got $521,000 in stimulus grants. The projects are all on Green State’s website.

On Monday, the Huffington Post carried a story about a Huntersville trailer park once owned by Tillis’ company, TRT Holdings. The article says in 2007, Tillis’ first term in the House, he pushed an annexation bill that could have increased the value of the three-acre property.