Cowards on Display

Own your views proudly or shut up

LENOIR, N.C. — I had hoped that yesterday’s endorsement piece would be the last story I wrote about the election prior to early voting beginning in North Carolina.

I was naive. Early voting begins today and local cowards are lying about candidates behind anonymous names; meanwhile, South Carolina U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham longed for the “good old days” of Jim Crow this week. Graham said his comments were meant to be sarcastic (read the story yourself for the full context); his opponent, Jaime Harrison, meanwhile, called it. He said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

Well said. So, we know Graham is a racist, but that isn’t surprising. The point is this: any person in Caldwell County who hides behind fake names on fake social media accounts to attack other people is every bit as much a coward as Graham is a racist.

There is one particular candidate for the School Board — Sarah Greer-Koenig — that continues to be the subject of lies, rumors and innuendos, many posted on the Facebook page of The Lenoir Voice. I generally ignore that page because I think it’s filled with gibberish. It is the modern Tower of Babel.

So, as Graham’s opponent says, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.” These people attacking Greer-Koenig and others anonymously have shown themselves to be cowards. That is why I ignore them and NEVER — until right now — respond to their cowardice.

So, here’s my message to the cowards: If you have something to say ON THE RECORD, send an email to Be prepared to identify yourself and prove your claims. Otherwise, please just shut up.

Here’s my message to readers: You may not like what I write, but I’ve never hidden from my words. I always use my byline. So, I ask that if you see remarks by people who are too cowardly to identify themselves, ignore them.

Finally, a related thought. It is true, that in my reporting, I sometimes use confidential sources. But I never use anonymous sources. I know major media outlets confuse readers by using the words interchangeably, but there is a big difference. A confidential source is known to me and his/her story can be corroborated by another reliable source/documents/evidence. An anonymous source is somebody I don’t know. It could be anyone with any motive. We won’t have a conversation unless they are willing to identify themselves and trust me to protect their confidentiality.

So, that is why I ignore people commenting anonymously. I don’t believe one single word of it because I know cowards can’t be trusted — except to be devious and to run like cockroaches the second the lights are turned on.

© Michael M. Barrick, 2020. Snake photo by David Clode on Unsplash; Lies photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash