ProgressNC Action: Politifact Gives McCrory False Rating on Truth-O-Meter

Published Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 12:33 pm



The Pat McCrory maelstrom continues to circle the drain as nationally recognized Politifact has now concluded that North Carolina’s governor is simply not telling the truth about the discrimination bill he signed into law.

McCrory’s signing of HB2 has stirred such an uproar from citizens and the business community, that dozens of Fortune 500 companies are speaking out and the NBA is raising questions about pulling the plug on it’s 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte. McCrory’s discrimination law has become a national embarrassment and liability for the governor.

Gov. McCrory has tried to describe HB2 as only a “bathroom bill” as he claimed, “We have not taken away any rights that have currently existed in any city in North Carolina, from Raleigh to Durham to Chapel Hill to Charlotte. Every city and every corporation has the exact same discrimination policy this week as they had two weeks ago.”

But after interviewing municipal government officials and workplace discrimination attorneys, Politifact is the latest news outlet to judge McCrory’s statements as false. Politifact quoted these experts in its analysis:

“He’s completely wrong about that, unfortunately,” said Carrboro’s town attorney, Nick Herman, about McCrory’s claim that the law doesn’t take away any existing rights.

“It’s huge. It’s a massive loss of rights, and it happened with almost no debate,” said Eric Doggett, a Raleigh attorney who works in employment discrimination.

“I won’t refer to this as a ‘bathroom bill’ because that’s really not what it’s about,” said Laura Noble, a Chapel Hill employment discrimination attorney. “It’s about the elimination of discrimination protections.”

Politifact’s False ruling comes just two days after WRAL-TV in Raleigh gave Gov. McCrory’s “Myths v. Truth” email a failing grade as his weekend email also tried to describe HB2 as only a “bathroom” bill with no impact on cities anti-discrimination policies or individual rights. Politifact’s false ruling also comes on the heels of reporters discovering that an NC Values Coalition list of businesses which support HB2 was actually a list of individuals, some of whom were not authorized to speak for their companies. The largest business on the list, HaynesBrands, asked to be removed from the list of HB2 backers.

“As backers of this discrimination law gather tonight to support a ‘bathroom bill,’ people should remember the actual language of this law is less about bathrooms, and more about sneaking discrimination into North Carolina law,” said Gerrick Brenner, executive director at ProgressNC Action. “The governor created this mess that is now a national embarrassment. Rather than try to bury the facts and blame the media, Pat McCrory should clean up his mess by leading the effort to repeal HB2.  Discrimination is morally wrong, it’s bad for business and it’s damaging to North Carolina’s reputation.”

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