MSNBC’s spotlight shines on Winston-Salem, NC
NEW YORK — Rachel Maddow can’t get enough of Winston-Salem and North Carolina politics, talking about both in the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday editions of her nightly MSNBC talk show.
She introduced Tuesday’s broadcast by giving a brief overview of Winston-Salem, describing it as “a substantial city — big companies are based there, several colleges are based there, Winston-Salem is the fifth-largest city in the state of North Carolina.”
She then discussed Mayor Allen Joines and his former Republican rival, James Lee Knox, who dropped out of the race for mayor Tuesday after his use of a racial slur to describe a black county elections employee came to light.
That led into a wider discussion of elections drama in North Carolina, including controversies over a variety of voting issues at Winston-Salem State University, Appalachian State University and Elizabeth City State University, which have been covered in the Winston-Salem Journal.
The broadcast included several shots of articles about the Knox story and the WSSU controversy from the Journal.
Maddow followed that with a discussion of shifts in the North Carolina legislature since 2010, Pat McCrory’s election as governor and the “Moral Mondays” protests.
In Wednesday’s episode, she dug deeper into the ASU controversy in Watauga County and the question of whether changes in voting procedures would result in any cost savings. She discussed Bert Gutierrez’s story on how the minutes of the meeting had been changed at the request of the board chairman, and also discussed another story from the Journal, on WSSU students’ reactions to proposed changes by the Forsyth County Board of Elections.
(She also encouraged viewers to subscribe to their local newspaper and at one point said, “God bless the Winston-Salem Journal”.)
And Maddow is not done with the Tarheel state; she will broadcast live from Elizabeth City on Thursday night.
The video of the 16-minute segment from Tuesday can be seen on MSNBC’s website.
Credit: The Winston-Salem Journal