Editorial: 'Nothing scares away investment like hate'

Posted July 27, 2016

-- The governor and an entrepreneur offer a sharp contrast on HB2
-- For Pat McCrory it is something to joke about.
-- Jesse Lipson sees discrimination and lost opportunity.

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A CBC Editorial: Wednesday, July 27, 2016; Editorial# 8034
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

The contrast on display Monday evening from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's rally in Winston-Salem and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could not have been sharper. Gov. Pat McCrory, tasked with warming up the Trump rally crowd, opened with a joke about the controversial discrimination law, House Bill 2.

Meanwhile, Jesse Lipson, one of Raleigh's most successful young entrepreneurs, was one of the Democratic Convention's early-evening speakers. Lipson, whose start-up is now part of Citrix and employs 800 people, many in downtown, also talked about HB2. But for Lipson, it wasn't a laughing matter. It's about how the law is hurting North Carolina jobs, the state's economic growth and quality of life.

Discrimination, losing jobs and income are tough to laugh at. Look and listen -- and read what McCrory and Lipson had to say. They say much about the divided politics and culture in North Carolina today.

Gov. Pat McCrory's opening remarks at the Winston-Salem rally for Republican Donald Trump:

“Lets be safe now. We’ve got a big crowd so if you need to leave suddenly we’ve got exits this way…and exits this way. And if any of you need to use the restroom… And if you have any questions, go to the Philadelphia convention where all the Democrats are.”

Remarks at Monday evening's session of the National Democratic Convention from Jesse Lipson, founder of Raleigh's Sharefile, which was sold to Citrix:

"I don't know about you, but Donald Trump's acceptance speech left me with a lot of questions. For example, where is this losing country he keeps talking about?

"The America I live in, the North Carolina I live, is a creative engine where the innovative spirit is alive and well. Where nearly all net new jobs are created by startups. Where you can still make something from nothing, like I did.

"I taught myself how to build software on nights and weekends. When I was 26, I started my company with just $100 in advertising. Today, we are in more than 100 countries and we have created 800 jobs in Raleigh.

"Donald, I'm also a businessman. You build skyscrapers. I build in the cloud. But it’s clear that you don’t understand something simple about business. Nothing scares away investment like hate.

"Disgusting laws like North Carolina's attack on LGBT Americans are costing my state hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s cost the NBA All-Star game and it is also costing us talented programmers who are ready to build the future.

"I’ve seen venture capitalists who refuse to invest in our state. Republicans may think they are telling people which bathroom to go into, but they're actually telling people which market to stay out of.

"When I travel abroad, I hear people talking about legalized discrimination in America. Bigotry doesn’t just hurt my state, it hurts our entire country."


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  • Sick Ofhollywood Aug 1, 2016
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    Hey wral - based on all the comments, might want to re-think the NBC thing. Not looking good for your business. Also - might want to try, and I mean try, to possibly predict the weather - just one day a wee - correctly. Oh, forgot. It's just getting warmer.

  • John Raymond Jul 28, 2016
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    Yet more biased opinions from the left wing media. What ever happened to just reporting FACT and TRUTH.

  • Danny Basden Jul 27, 2016
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    OK, the sky is falling and WRAL has sold out their editorial and political staff to try and help Roy Cooper win in November. Believe it or not, WE get it. Since we all know that HB2 will very likely not affect anyone's vote in November, can we move on to something like fact checking the Democratic Convention speeches for a change - or do we only fact check Republicans?

  • Matt Nickeson Jul 27, 2016
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    Posting these CBC opinion pieces is such garbage. WRAL has apparently let loose any of the vestiges of honest and unbiased reporting. It is also sad they they do hardly any local investigative reporting. I guess it is much more simple and cheap to run all AP pieces than actually produce content.

  • Paul Hayeze Jul 27, 2016
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    "Because nothing scares away viewers more than distorted and biased reported opinions posted like news"....If that means you and narrow mindedness will stop posting here...I say Amen!!!!

  • Demute Sainte Jul 27, 2016
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    Yet ANOTHER cbc "opinion" piece that distorts the reality that NC has one of the highest ranking States for job growth, business friendly taxes and regulations, and one of the highest for venture capital spending. No its the denial of a person factual, scientific DNA determined gender that is the issue here. And the distortion that only allowing a person to enter a public restroom, changing facility or shower based on their biological gender listed on their birth certificate is somehow discriminatory.

    WRAL should be paying closer attention to the kind of "opinions" they post on the website. Because nothing scares away viewers more than distorted and biased reported opinions posted like news.

  • Carla Carpenter Jul 27, 2016
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    I have been a WRAL news viewer ever since 1986 when I moved to the area. I wanted to let you know that as of today, I am not going to watch WRAL news or visit this internet site anymore. The media has always been biased towards the left, but ever since WRAL became an NBC affiliate, things have gotten much more unbalanced. It seems like every TV and Internet news story is slanted to reflect a liberal viewpoint. Now, in addition to that, we get to see leftist editorials every day that trash the views of conservatives. This used to be a good news station. So sad to see it deteriorate.

  • Dan Wilder Jul 27, 2016
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    So basically it's ok to give up values, morals, and decency for the sake of making money. Isn't that kind of like prostitution?

  • Steve Moore Jul 27, 2016
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    Does Hillary own CBC ?

  • Alfred Barnes Jul 27, 2016
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    CBC has come a long way since the Jesse Helms era. Nice piece.