Text: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
When I say the phrase “The Old Reliable,” what comes to mind? For those of you who are newspaper readers, you know it as the nickname of the News and Observer, our local paper. Of course, the N&O has other nicknames as well. Back in the 19th century, it was known as the “Nuisance and Disturber.” I have friends who have always called it the “Noise and Disturber.” You may have your own name for it.
Today the N&O is frequently accused of having a liberal bias with leanings toward the Democratic Party. To a large degree, bias is in the eyes of the beholder, so I will leave it to you to decide if it’s a liberal newspaper. But there was a day when it clearly was not. In 1898, the paper helped lead a vicious, racist campaign to reclaim the legislature from a controlling Republican coalition, and its efforts helped bring about the disenfranchisement of black voters. Years later, publisher Josephus Daniels would express his regrets about those tactics. Seems that you could rely on the paper in those years, but the question is, “For what?”