Senate leader Phil Berger changes news headlines on Facbeook

North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger Facebook page has come under scrutiny since he and his staff got caught adjusting actual news headlines. In one example, he changed the News & Observer’s headline, “In HB2 repeal effort, Gov. Cooper is silent on proposed nondiscrimination law” to his own headline, “Has Roy Cooper flip-flopped on HB 2?”

After further review, Facebook found this practice in violation of its site’s policies. Berger took to Facebook shortly after some posts and comments were taken down from his page and accused Facebook and the N&O of censorship.

Other local reporters, including Alex Rose of WGHP Fox 8, shared the N&O’s story, and said modifying headlines “is misleading and erodes an independent free press.”

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Author: banderson8

My name is Bryan Anderson and I am a junior at Elon University studying Journalism and Media Analytics. Through my experiences with newspapers and media outlets, I have experience with using inDesign, WordPress, social media, and other mediums to communicate and interact with others. I am a sports enthusiast, a multimedia news reporter and (usually painfully) a die-hard Oakland Athletics and San Jose Sharks fan.

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