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News & Record editor apologizes for ‘offensive’ column featuring fictional couple

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The executive editor of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record has apologized for a Sunday column portraying a Tarheel couple in a manner readers found offensive.

Jeff Gauger wrote Tuesday that he “stumbled” when using a fictional couple named Vernon and Fleta Mae to discuss a July 9 New York Times editorial titled “The Decline of North Carolina.” The Times column decried changes in unemployment benefits in the state, as well as state spending cuts brought about by the Republican-controlled legislature.

Readers complained that Gauger’s column — in which Vernon said he didn’t care about the Times editorial ’cause it was written by a bunch of New York liberals” — was “demeaning and condescending.” The column didn’t indicate that Vernon and Fleta were fictional, though one may assume they were. Read more


Warren Buffett buys Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record | Greensboro News & Record
Warren Buffett’s BH Media Group has purchased the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record from Landmark Media Enterprises “for an undisclosed amount,” Steve Jordon reports.

Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire [Hathaway], has said he wants to acquire more newspapers in mid-sized cities with strong community ties.

Employees at the News & Record learned about the sale in a meeting this morning, the paper reports. Read more