Forest launches website to combat ‘fake news’

Eamon Queeney—The North State Journal
Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest begins the third reading of House Bill 39 before the Senate votes in the Legislative Building in Raleigh

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, a candidate for North Carolina governor, is taking a page from President Trump’s playbook by launching a website designed to help his supporters combat “fake news” about his campaign. “This site will be your resource to get the truth against the most common attacks against Dan Forest,” the website says at the top of the page.

The website links to past headlines regarding Forest’s positions on social issues and his reported relationship with Greg Lindberg. Jones and Blount reached out to the campaign to ask about the website.

“The facts speak for themselves, but the media doesn’t always give you all the facts,” spokesman Andrew Dunn said. “Dan pledged to communicate directly and openly with the people of North Carolina, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

As of this week’s print edition, the website lists three topics. They are a sermon Forest gave at Cornerstone Baptist Church regarding diversity and multiculturalism, his relationship with Lindberg, and his opinion on Planned Parenthood. The campaign provides what it says are the facts and the reasons why each of the topics have been deemed controversial — specifically citing attacks from American Bridge, a liberal super PAC based in Washington, D.C., and Raleigh news station WRAL and its CEO, James Goodmon.

Forest also received good news this week — an endorsement from Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.

“Over the past decade, we’ve made tremendous progress in North Carolina by lowering taxes, rolling back overbearing regulations, and improving education. Our economy is booming as a result,” Berger said. “All that hard work is now threatened by the lack of leadership we see from the governor today. That’s why I am supporting Dan Forest as he runs for Governor of North Carolina.”

“I am honored to have Sen. Berger’s support,” Forest said. “Leadership is hard work. I look forward to working together with the General Assembly — both Republicans and Democrats — to pursue bipartisan solutions to our state’s biggest challenges.”

Forest faces off with state Rep. Holly Grange in the Republican primary on March 3rd. The website can be found at this link.