Articles by Roch Smith Jr

City Council hoodwinks public on gun show proceeds donation; News & Record calls it ‘brilliant’

City council hoodwinked people by turning to the very reliable technique of abusing the trust and goodwill of the people of Greensboro. Donald Trump said about misleading people: “People will just believe you. You just tell them and they believe you.” City Council took a page from Trump’s playbook and deceived us by saying the funds donated to Gun Stoppers will come from the gun and knife show when, in truth, they will come from some other source in the taxpayers’ coffers.

The News & Record’s gutless parking deck editorial

The News & Record’s editorial Stacking the Deck chastises the Greensboro city council for imperiling the public trust with the city’s mishandling of the downtown parking deck projects. Unfortunately, the editorial elides the specific bad acts that are causing a loss of public trust and, instead, blames city council only for failing to manage public skepticism. It’s a gutless diversion that attempts to right the ship without rocking the boat.

Fake! News & Record publishes apparently plagiarized column from Procter & Gamble employees

GREENSBORO, NC — The News & Record published an opinion piece yesterday it identified as having been written by Kevin Hazel and John Sorjonen. The authors, who are local employees of Procter & Gamble, appear to have plagiarized the piece almost entirely. A cursory search, apparently beyond the interest of the N&R editorial page editor, reveals that what the News & Record published is corporate propaganda previously published—nearly identical, but for a few words—under the names of other Procter & Gamble employees in other publications.