It was announced a couple of days ago that News and Record reporter Joe Killian is leaving to take a job with NC Policy Watch, a left wing online publication. This was proclaimed without hesitancy.
Several months ago, we saw our school superintendent take a job with a foundation that funds liberal/socialist causes. And now, we witness Killian's destination. Conservatives should regard this pattern as troubling.
We harbor no ill will toward this young reporter, and I certainly wish him well with his career. His departure, however, is an appropriate time to recognize what we have witnessed here in Greensboro in the local journalistic community.
When Killian first became employed with the News and Record a decade ago, the paper still attempted to maintain a false façade of objectivity. Most conservatives knew this was fraudulent; but now, the folks there do not even bother attempting to create a mistaken impression. Their bias is so overt that grade school children could detect it.
My recollection is that Joe Killian joined the News and Record fresh out of college at UNCG. He immediately became active in the local online communities; and most of us paying attention knew that he leaned at least somewhat leftward. That is, in fact, why he was eligible to be hired at NC Policy Watch.
The problem, however, is not Joe Killian. Instead, the fault lies with the editors who supervised his work during his early years of employment. It was their duty to instruct him, and to help him develop habits to assure there was not even an appearance of political or cultural bias-- with his reporting, with his public profile, and also when he interacted with elected officials and candidates.
Unfortunately, the News and Record has had a paucity of responsible grown-ups providing leadership with integrity for many years. Ten years ago, they had a golden opportunity to help mold and shape a neophyte young reporter in the direction he should have gone. I will leave it to the reader to decide whether that truly happened as it should have.
Killian's farewell article on Monday included a subtle, implied call for socialized medicine. Why am I not surprised?