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Grass Roots NC vs. Mark Binker

Interesting controversy involving Grass Roots North Carolina and former N&R reporter Mark Binker, who now works for Raleigh TV station WRAL.

GRNC is taking issue with Binker’s recent story (video below) on concealed carry permits that included a data base of permit holders. GRNC mocks the station’s view that publishing the data base is only in the interest of ‘public information’ by publishing all the available public information not only on Binker but on WRAL station manager Jim Rothschild.

GRNC sees the story as an attempt to shame concealed carry permit holders. Some might say the same for one of Binker’s last stories for the N&R, which noted that the majority of legislative concealed carry permit holders are —you guessed it —-Republicans. Reading the story one could also infer that Republican legislators feel the need for protection from all the whackjob liberals out there harassing them. Liberals preach love and peace, but you better watch out if you cross them the wrong way.

For what it’s worth, Binker’s former boss at the N&R sticks up for him. John Robinson appears to be taking all this quite literally instead of grasping the larger issue GRNC is addressing.

3 Responses to “Grass Roots NC vs. Mark Binker”

  • Jul
    24
    2012

    “GRNC mocks the station’s view that publishing the data base is only in the interest of ‘public information’ by publishing all the available public information not only on Binker but on WRAL station manager Jim Rothschild.”

    You use the word “mock,” I’d use “intimidate,” but thanks for your perspective.

  • Jul
    25
    2012

    Rock Smith,

    You think that GRNC is trying to “intimidate” WRAL? That cuts both ways doesn’t it? WRAL is attempting to “intimidate” concealed carry permit holders, there is no other way to explain what they are doing. But Thanks for your perspective.

  • Jul
    25
    2012

    Liberals LOVE the 1st Amendment, as long as they can control who gets to exercise it.
    Binker is a left-wing hack, attacking conservatives and conservative values whenever and wherever he can. At the N&R he carried John Robinson’s water in the political arena for several years. Thank goodness he moved down the road to Raleigh.

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