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In fund-raising plea, McCrory campaign features video of Observer building being demolished

Time Lapse: Old Charlotte Observer building is coming down

Demolition begins at the former home of The Charlotte Observer.
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Demolition begins at the former home of The Charlotte Observer.

Take that, Observer!

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory, who has had frequent run-ins with The Charlotte Observer editorial board, featured a video of the current demolition of the Observer’s former building in a new fund-raising pitch.

The Wednesday email asked for a $5 contribution to help the Republican governor’s re-election campaign fight against what it claims is media bias in favor of Attorney General Roy Cooper, McCrory’s Democratic opponent.

“Every day, the media is doing Roy Cooper’s job for him, shielding him from questions, rushing to his defense and attacking Governor McCrory,” it said. Then, just above the demolition video, it added this kicker: “Their credibility is crumbling faster than the Charlotte Observer's office building!”

In the video, a clawing construction vehicle called an excavator rips down a part of the 45-year-old building on South Tryon Street that displayed the name of the newspaper.


Earlier this year, the Observer moved its newsroom and offices to three floors at 550 S. Caldwell St. – the NASCAR Plaza building.

Signed by Russell Peck, campaign manager for the former Charlotte mayor-turned-governor, the McCrory fund-raising email charged that the “liberal media ... is not on our side. That’s why we need you on ours.”