Bev Perdue said something stupid. Worth noting, but not really big news.
Stupid quote gets picked up by the noise machine, amplified through the news cycle...and that's front-page above-the-fold "news" in the local daily.
Binker's article is actually well done, but the editorializing-by-placement is not.
Geoff Baym, the UNCG prof quoted in the story, was on the panel for last night's discussion of the media and political polarization. I thought our session went well, but it would have been even better if we'd had a copy of this morning's N&R to hold up as an example.