Whatever lies behind the N&R's editorial reticence on Amendment One, the local daily's failure to opine on North Carolina's hottest political issue does not seem to be dictated by ownership, as another Landmark paper -- in Virginia, no less -- has published a strong piece on the subject.
I lack inside knowledge of the doings on Market Street, but both of the senior staffers in the editorial department, Allen Johnson and Doug Clark, have written about the amendment in columns and blog posts. Both, in fact, oppose Amendment One. Yet the formal editorial voice of the News & Record remains silent on an issue that has captured national attention.
As far as I know, that leaves publisher Robin Saul as the only force capable of blocking a lead editorial. [UPDATE: Confirmation from Romenesko's media blog. /update]
The News & Record and its predecessors have a proud history of speaking up for civil rights. The late Bill Snider, an editorial legend in this state and the finest of Southern gentlemen, endured a cross burning and other vandalism to his home as he stood up for then-controversial ideals just decades ago.
And now, silence.
Sic transit gloria mundi.