The D word

If you read a 1,000-word article on the new University president’s deep political ties, wouldn’t you expect the article to mention what party this new president is in?

I did. But once I realized the article — on new UNC head Thomas Ross — contained neither the words “Democrat” or “Republican,” I knew which one it was — D.

There’s one clue in there, that Gov. Jim Hunt had appointed Ross to the Superior Court. But if you’re an outsider or new to the state, you could read this whole state and not realize that Ross is a partisan Democrat who heavily and exclusively funds the campaigns of Democratic politicians.

The article also mentions Erskine Bowles, the outgoing university president, without mentioning his party affiliation or in which White House he served. Finally, it provides praise for Ross from former university administrator D.G. Martin, without mentioning Martin is also a Democrat.

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