by Sam Hieb
CJ reports on yesterday’s ‘anything but quiet’ budget rollout in the General Assembly. Who’s making the noise? You guessed it—Rev. William Barber, not quite riding off into the sunset. Here’s what jumped out at me (emphasis mine):
Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, had reserved an entire quadrant of the legislative building for the 11 a.m. budget news conference.
Due to the protest, the conference was hastily rescheduled, and moved to the legislative press conference room — a smaller, guarded space.
Around 10:15 a.m., Carolina Journal received word from Dollar’s office the news conference was canceled.
Some security officials weren’t aware of the cancellation until 11 a.m.
Confusion also ruled during a separate 10:30 a.m. news conference.
Sen. Tamara Barringer, R-Wake, was scheduled to speak on behalf of House Bill 280, legislation to raise the juvenile age in North Carolina so that 16- and-17-year olds no longer are prosecuted as adults.
Two religious leaders, the Rev. Mark Creech of the Christian Action League and the Rev. Bruce Stanley of the Methodist Home for Children, were slotted to speak.
At 10:27 a.m., CJ was the only media outlet with a reporter in the room. All other outlets and cameras were busy following Barber and his protesters.
Granted Medicaid and the budget are overriding issues, but here we have another issue—-the welfare of teenagers—that is reaching across party lines–(in case you’ve missed it, the left claims moral high ground when it comes to the welfare of children)–yet the mainstream press decides to ignore it in order to join Barber’s “gaggle” of followers. But I guess we all know the loudest voice in the room gets the most attention….