Charlotte Observer's deceptive headline leads to false attacks on Thom Tillis and others

Thom Tillis
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Out of the mainstream media outlets in Charlotte there is just one major newspaper to voice the concerns of the citizens. The longest-running editorial source in the Carolinas, The Charlotte Observer, has once again failed those same people they strive to represent. 

In this highly-contested political season, one story making headlines from the Washington Post says U.S. Postmaster Louis DeJoy committed fraud via campaign donations. A person of interest linked to the story is U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, who became the center of a spin-off piece published by the Observer on Tuesday. The article entitled "Thom Tillis is tangled in a campaign money scandal. What should he have known?" pushes a guilt by association angle toward the senator and a tactic former N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory found deceiving.

"It isn't a campaign money scandal," McCrory said. "Just because the N.Y. Times and Washington Post have done articles on a good friend of mine, Louis DeJoy, who's now Postmaster General. (The papers) have come up with accusations with no concrete proof whatsoever that he helped or did illegal things regarding campaign contributions. None, whatsoever." 

McCrory continued by saying this scandal with DeJoy and Tillis was "manufactured by the New York Times, Washington Post, the Democratic party and the Post Office union."

According to the Washington Post, DeJoy and his company, New Breed Logistics, pressured employees into making political contributions to GOP candidates. Those employees told the newspaper they were later reimbursed through bonuses paid out by the company. 

DeJoy, a North Carolina Republican and political operative, was a major fundraiser who was named to the position at the USPS by President Trump in May. Many believe his role within the GOP led to being named the postmaster general.

Listen to Pat's thoughts on the entanglement with Louis DeJoy and Thom Tillis