A Student of History

June 17, 2007

NC Gov. Manipulates History

Filed under: NC History,The past that is still with us — John Maass @ 4:04 pm

Click here to read about North Carolina’s version of airbrushing people our of photographs like Stalin did.

Most politicians would love a chance to edit their page in the history books.

Gov. Mike Easley’s staff actually did.

Last year, members of Easley’s press office heavily rewrote an entry on him in a book by state-employed historians on North Carolina’s governors.

Over several drafts, they deleted a reference to a failed U.S. Senate bid, speculation that he dislikes campaigning and a note that he had a boyhood reputation “for making mischief.”

They added a quote from Easley about patriotism, a line about how he successfully led the state to a “new global economy” and the fact that USA Today once named him one of the country’s top drug busters.

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