Shocking news out of Henderson County. Charles Taylor showed up for his normal bi-annual pre-election "I'm wonderful" photo op tour and an out-of-control real journalist showed up to cover it.
In an alarming set-back to the normally all-powerful, media-dominating Taylor campaign apparatus, a Jonathan Rich of the Hendersonville Times-News actually included another point of view in his article about Taylor getting credit for something he had nothing to do with.
It started out well for Taylor in an article titled "Treasury secretary Snow visits BRCC" [okay -- I'm not sure how to do the link for it: http://www.hendersonvillenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006604010338
Snow was "impressed" with a new high-capacity fiber optic broadband cable, like either he or Taylor had the slightest idea what any of that meant.
They had a lovely photo of two suited pasty-faced old pot-bellied gray hairs (looks just like the good ol' days of the Pravda). And so on. Blah blah blah.
But just when the reporter should have been wrapping things up with some insipid and inaccurate reference to some "good works" by Taylor that never happened or, more likely, some wonderful thing he's taking credit for that had nothing to do with him -- the reporter then lapsed into actual journalism:
" "Representatives of the Democratic Party asked to attend the meeting, said Eva Ritchey, chairwoman of the Henderson County Democratic Party, in an e-mail to the Times-News.
" "Upon contacting Blue Ridge Community College, we were informed that the event was private and by invitation only," she said.
"Ritchey continued, "I am disappointed that our national treasurer has come to our community and does not want to meet with the public. I think it is ironic that the chief financial spokesman of the Bush administration ... who spent nearly 300 billion taxpayer dollars to bring democracy to the people of Iraq closes the door to the public at Blue Ridge Community College." "
Kudos to Rich for journalistic integrity and Richey for intiative and courage. I know plenty of folks out in WNC that fear for their jobs and more for standing up to Taylor in any way, shape or form. I hope this indicates a crack in his reelectability fortress.
After all, if you count last month's Macon County article where it was noted that he'd said the forest service sale was dead when that was clearly not the case, this is an unprecedented streak of two in a row. Two times in less than two weeks where Charles Taylor's spin on reality didn't quite make it intact from his campaign's press release to a newspaper's front page.
Gosh, maybe one day we'll have a democracy right here in an original colony of these United States. I know. I know. I'm fantasizing but somebody's gotta dream, right?