Who the hell asked Art Pope, anyway? (part I)

OH SHIT, TOTO! Fetch me the ruby slippers. I'm gettin' my ass back to Kansas!

“OH SHIT, TOTO! Fetch me the ruby slippers. I’m gettin’ my ass back to Kansas!”

Well…quoting directly from his own website, it seems he would very much like us to bend at our knees and lay wreaths at his feet in praise of the magnificence of his altruistic sensibilities:

If character is defined by what we do when no one is looking, then Art Pope’s character is defined by his philanthropic work over the past 25 years. With little fanfare, both personally and through the John William Pope Foundation, Art has given away tens of millions of dollars to organizations that seek to empower individuals, expand opportunity, and protect human dignity.

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N&O: (Art) Pope’s Views Criticized

After countless letters to the editor critical of their systematic under-reporting of Art Pope and his grip on the North Carolina political landscape, this one finally saw ink:
Steve Levitt: Pope’s rhetoric

Wait. What? Here’s what they cut out (bold & underlined):

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