A UNC Journalism student’s video about John Edwards’ campaign headquarters apparently ruffled the feathers of some top level staffers of Edwards’ campaign.
Associate Professor C.A. Tuggle said two top staffers for the former North Carolina senator demanded that the school drop the segment from the student-run television program “Carolina Week.” They also asked to have the video removed from the YouTube Web site.
Tuggle said they threatened to cut off access to Edwards for UNC student reporters and other student groups if the piece aired.
Republicans are the ones who are supposed to be the Fascists, remember.
“My gosh, what are they thinking?” Tuggle said. “They’re spending this much time and effort on a student newscast that has about 2,000 viewers? They’re turning a molehill into a mountain.”
The innocuous video by graduate student Carla Babb questions the location of Edwards’ choice of the posh Southern Village Shopping Center for his campaign headquarters, when he is Mr. “Two Americas”. (My words). The issue had been discussed recently in the student newspaper, The Daily Tarheel.
In the video, James Edward Dillard, a columnist for The Daily Tar Heel, says that the location conflicts with Edwards’ campaign goal of reducing poverty in America.
“To pick that place as your campaign center, when you’re going to be the man who advocates on behalf of the poor, I just think, why not turn the media’s attention to somewhere where there are huge, huge problems,” Dillard said.
The piece was posted on YouTube before the broadcast in order to meet the deadline for an MTV “Choose or Lose” news contest.
Despite the complaints, Tuggle said the piece will air as scheduled on Monday and will remain on YouTube here: the video.
The Edwards campaign would not answer questions about the incident.
I don’t know what the big deal is. Everyone already knows what a ridiculous phony Edwards is.
Hat tip: Sobek at IB.