FOIA: PolitiFactNC More Interested In Narrative Than Fact

040716 Politifact Partner NandOLast Friday evening, PolitiFactNC dropped a ‘fact check’ on a tweet by Lt. Governor Dan Forest written by News and Observer’s Will Doran.

While PolitiFactNC found the statement to be false, a closer examination proved the Lt. Governor’s statement was actually true. PolitiFactNC earned its first Pants On Fire rating.

I followed up and did a Freedom of Information Act request submitted the Lt. Governor’s office for any conversations Doran had with that office for the article.

What I found was narrative pushing on Doran’s part in an email conversation which I have embedded at the bottom of this article. Read the document from the bottom up in order to follow the conversation chronologically.

The conversation references an attachment (a memo), which I have linked here. This memo is from the Charlotte attorneys addressing Rep. Bishop’s concerns.  The memo talks about the “intent” not being to outlaw single sex facilities, yet that is what the ordinance actually did.

The memo also references Title IX, of which the U.S. Department of Education is using a perverted interpretation of in order to force transgender access in schools to access the facility of their choice. It is worth noting the U.S. Department of Education is being sued by multiple states over this interpretation, which has no standing in actual federal law.

Doran asserted in the email conversation that, “So we are doing a fact check on the statement that the “Charlotte ordinance opened all bathrooms to all sexes at all times.” The ordinance itself says it doesn’t apply to private clubs or business establishments, so Forest’s statement isn’t true.”

Yet, the inspection of the Charlotte ordinance showed Mr. Doran’s claim to be about signage only.  This section would be moot since the wording in the section preceding it makes all facilities open to all persons, regardless of it being a private or publicly controlled facility.

Mr. Doran seems to have completely ignored Charlotte’s  accommodations definition in his ‘fact check’, yet acknowledged it in the email conversation with the Lt. Governor’s office.

The definition reads:

“Place of public accommodation means a business, accommodation, refreshment, entertainment, recreation, or transportation facility of any kind, whether licensed or not, whose goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations are extended, offered, sold or otherwise made available to the public.”


Here is the email conversation:

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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