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

Videographer: Daniel Markus

Circulation: Geof Brooks

Advertising Consultants: Will Hammer, Lisa Allen, Fred Carlson, Brittany Carroll,

Features[edit]

Local features[edit]

The newspaper features editorial columns by noted science fiction and fantasy author and Mormon 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Washburn, Mark (2008-09-19). "Rhino Times paper ends, stays online". The Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  2. ^ "The Rhinocerous Times to stop publishing after 21 years | Piedmont - WXII Home". Wxii12.com. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  3. ^ The Rhino Times returns: What to know about its new strategy
  4. ^ a b c The Rhinoceros Times article: "Under the Hammer - June 24, 2010".
  5. ^ a b 99 Blocks article: "Is the Rhino Times racist?".
  6. ^ "Paper reprints hated cartoons in Greensboro" from the Winston-Salem Journal
  7. ^ a b c d "Arkansas Klan Group Loses Legal Battle with North Carolina Newspaper". Anti-Defamation League. July 9, 2009. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  8. ^ a b c Greensboro News & Record article: ""Dey builds a brand new jail..."
  9. ^ "Rhino Times comic June 23 2011". Edcone.typepad.com. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  10. ^ "Poynter". Regret the Error. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  11. ^ http://greensboro.rhinotimes.com/Articles-c-2011-06-29-208840.112113-An-Apology.html

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