Rhino Times

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Rhinoceros Times
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Tabloid (Greensboro edition only)
Internet (Greensboro and Charlotte editions)[1]
Owner(s) Carroll Investment Properties
Publisher Roy Carroll
Editor John Hammer
Founded 1991
Language English
Headquarters Greensboro, NC
United States
Website www.rhinotimes.com

The Rhino Times is a free weekly conservative news and opinion newspaper published in Greensboro, North Carolina, originally founded in 1991 as the Rhinoceros Times. A Charlotte, North Carolina print edition was founded in 2002 and discontinued in 2008.[1] Its circulation in 2010 was 30,000.[2]

The Rhinoceros Times‍ '​ last publication was the April 25, 2013 edition. John Hammer cited financial reasons for closing the doors after 21 years. A web presence was said to be continued as long as possible. It was acquired by local developer Roy Carroll and reopened in October 2013.[3]

Leadership[edit]

Publisher: Roy Carroll

Editor: John Hammer

General Manager: Catherine Kernels

Managing Editor: Elaine Hammer

Creative Director: Anthony Council

County Editor: Scott D. Yost

Circulation: Geof Brooks

Advertising Consultants: Will Hammer, Lisa Allen, Cynde Dorzweiler

Features[edit]

Local features[edit]

The newspaper features editorial columns by noted science fiction and fantasy author Orson Scott Card and local investigative reporting by New York Times best-selling author Jerry Bledsoe.

The back page of the paper features a regular commentary article by editor John Hammer, "Under the Hammer".[4] In the feature, Hammer is highly critical of President Barack Obama, referring almost exclusively to him as either "Barack Hussein Obama" or by his last name.[4][5] Hammer also promotes conspiratorial and fringe theories that Obama is a "secret Muslim" and was not born in the United States.[4][5]

Syndicated features[edit]

Syndicated features include comics, such as Get Fuzzy and Pearls Before Swine. Also featured are The New York Times crossword puzzle and a Sudoku puzzle.

Controversies[edit]

Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoon controversy[edit]

The newspaper published two of the controversial Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons in February, 2006.[6]

Ku Klux Klan controversy[edit]

In July 2009, the paper won a $25,000 judgement for punitive damages against an Arkansas-based Ku Klux Klan group and its leader Thomas Robb.[7] The case was filed in 2006 when the paper alleged the Klan inserted its fliers into Times newspapers, which then went to customers.[7] The Klan counter-sued for defamation, but lost.[7] In addition to punitive damages, the paper reportedly received the nation's first permanent injunction against the KKK,[7] barring them from using the paper to distribute their literature in the future.

Prisoner cartoon controversy[edit]

In June 2011, a controversy was created when The Rhino Times published a cartoon by Geof Brooks that featured two African American men in orange prison jumpsuits, in the front yards of what appears to be two suburban homes.[8] The first character states, "Geez! Dey builds a brand new jail wit' three squares [square meals] an' cable...", and the second character concludes, "And dey puts us on house arrest so's dey can pays for it!"[9]

Editor John Hammer apologized in the next edition of the paper, claiming that the cartoonist had intended the prisoners to be caucasian;[10][11] in his apology, Hammer did not address why the cartoon had been colorized as it was, nor the failure of the editors to catch the mistake. The Greensboro News & Record reported that Hammer called Guilford County Commissioners Chairman Melvin "Skip" Alston to apologize for the cartoon.[8] Alston commented that he felt the cartoonist "might have had some racial intent".[8]

Photography arrest story controversy[edit]

In January 2015, Editor John Hammer published a story claiming two Irish tourists were accosted, treated roughly and arrested by Greensboro police while trying to take photos in the city's Bicentennial Garden. The story, including interviews with the couple and details of their arrest, was a fabrication. In response to controversy over the story, Hammer claimed the piece was intended as satire, though the publication did not in any way label it as such. In the next week's issue, Hammer apologized to readers for not clearly marking the piece as satire and "to the police for maligning them."[12]

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