Wednesday, July 19, 2006

An Open Letter From Will Folks

Dear Friends,

In 1953, when television was still in its infancy, legendary journalists such as Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly emerged as the conscience of a new, dynamic and uncharted medium. Courageously taking on entrenched politicians, institutions and corporate sponsors, they sought not only to hold the instruments of power accountable to the truth, but to elevate the level of debate among the American public.

Of television, Murrow once famously said “This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire, but it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box.”

Fifty years later, another contraption of wires and lights is emerging, one that isn’t confined to our living rooms or bound to our workspaces, one that we can hold in the palm of our hand. This "contraption" holds the potential to wield even greater power and influence – and it holds the certainty of inviting larger, much more complex challenges.

Simply stated, the proliferation of new political media on the Internet holds the key to limitless change and dramatically enhanced accountability, and as such it will require the same mixture of courage and responsibility Murrow and his colleagues demonstrated fifty years ago. Only then will it be a force for truth and for the advancement – not for the spin and appeasement – of humankind.

All of you who participate in reading, commenting or discussing the events transpiring even as we speak in the political blogosphere are well ahead of the curve. You are informed, you follow issues, you actively participate in the political process and you care passionately about the ideas, ideals, candidates and campaigns that you support.

You are, in essence, the front line of perception in an ongoing battle for the hearts and minds of the rest of us who inhabit this curious little upside down triangle known as the State of South Carolina.

Over the next few months, FaithInTheSound will be changing dramatically. We will be launching a new, enhanced and interactive website, which you will be able to find online at www.fitsnews.com, as well as offering a wide range of advertising options and free and paid subscription-based services that you’ll be reading more about in the weeks to come.

In doing so, our goals will remain simple – first, to keep you informed, second, to make you think and finally, to make you laugh.

We will continue to be irreverent, continue to be controversial, continue to be humorous and at times inappropriate, and yes, in some circles, continue to be alternately dismissed and hated.

But we will continue nonetheless.

A few days ago, a reporter friend of mine called and asked about a piece of information she had stumbled upon while reading this blog.

“I didn’t think you reporters looked at the blogs,” I told her.

“I’ve been told I have to now,” was her reply.

And that's precisely the point. Political blogs are for real, and their impact is only going to grow in the months and years ahead both here in the Palmetto State and beyond.

We look forward to providing you with more details on the soon-to-be-released FITSNews, but in the meantime I thank you personally for your continued patronage to this small corner of the web. Visit early, visit often and by all means, please continue to say whatever floats your boat or vents your spleen about me or anybody else that graces or disgraces the small stage that is our state’s unique and constantly-evolving political soap opera.

All of it may indeed have been said before, but not quite like this.

Take care,


William R. Folks III
Viewpolitik, LLC


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus, being lectured on TRUTH by Sic Willie??? What next? A lecture on PEACEFULLY RESOLVING domestic disputes??? Sic Willie you are so done in S.C. Politics and no attempt to revive you is possible no matter how many people you snow over or how many people think you can write. GREAT WRITER????? Yeah great writer, you can't even get a headline right and then HAD IT SPLASHED ALL OVER HOTLINE!! HOW EMBARASSING!!!!

The sooner this idiot gets off "the stage" the smarter we are. Why do MORONS even read his blog especially now since it is so definite now that it is him???

And ONE THING WILLIE Edward R. Murrow was a communist fag, Sic Willie just like you. Your pink ass gay loving communist faggot days are coming though. Why don't you tell us all what your thoughts are on the Pro-Marriage amanedment O Sic One???

Or are you just AFRAID to say in public you support FAGS AND QUEERS.

9:31 PM

Blogger Tammy said...

WOW. I always thought Will Folks was my enemy...until I read that last post.

Edward R. Murrow was a "communist fag"?

First of all any post from an ANONYMOUS is a pretty good sign of a wuss with a P. And usually, speaking...I'd add a Y...because I'm no southern lady. :-)

I look forward to your blog Will. Don't know you. Don't live in Cola and don't know your history...well, not all of it...but obviously you've got one. I do know the PUBLIC side and have blogged about your downfall but I don't know you like the Cola bloggers do...THAT being said...

this "anonymous" poster...just gave you a second chance in my book. I am curious as to your views on many issues...are you a thirty-something progressive thinking conservative South Carolinian or are you a backwards ass sheep f-in republican follower like your "anonymous" poster?

I mean...S.C. is FULL of those. And here is the example of one. But, I'd like to see people that are willing to come to the table with ideas and intellect and actually move our state forward.

Is that your goal?

And also to "anonymous" you were the first MORON to comment on this post...so do tell us...why do MORONS read this blog?

I still can't get over calling Murrow a communist fag...COMMUNIST??? People in this state are so F-in STUPID. We earn 50th...and ANON ain't nothing but proof.

Blog on...unlike Anon...i don't know everything and like to learn from others...well, sometimes...

be good,
:-) t

11:08 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that anon post for real or is it a set-up? Either way, call a foul on it. Homosexuality and communism are irrelevant and counterproductive to arguments as to why Will Folks should not be styled as the next Edward R. Murrow. What are you trying to do: call attention to him? provoke those who hate him, yet still understand the term "ad hominem", to defend him?

6:21 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Just how do you get folks, no pun intended, so riled up?


6:36 AM

Blogger Duane said...


Having trouble reading between the lines. Does that mean that all "free" content will be off after you change the format?

7:51 AM

Blogger Duane said...


I am having trouble reading between the lines on this. Does that mean that the "free" content will stop when you change the format?


7:52 AM

Anonymous A Friend said...

Will Folks... GAY?!?!? Yo, anon (aka Jay W.) Will Folks is A LOT of things, but gay ain't one of them.

Also, Jay W. (I mean, "anon") you asked why do MORONS read Will's blog. Um, you do realize that you read Will's blog and thus, just called yourself a MORON? Good job, dude.

I think Tammy described "anon" perfectly... a backwards ass sheep f-in republican follower.

Will Folks is gay. Also, the world is flat, the Trade towers are still standing, Mark Sanford and Bobby Harrell are playing golf together today, Jake Knotts suffers from anorexia, Andre Bauer is the new spokesman for the FAA and pigs fly out of my ass. Two at a time.

8:53 AM

Blogger faithinsound said...

Mr. Reese-

Absolutely NOT! FITS and all of its original content will remain forever FREE.

We are creating a fee-based news network as one part of the new site(which we'll explain the details of down the road), but there will NEVER be a cost associated with reading FITS.



10:28 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was the writer saying that he was the next Edward R. Murrow? I did not take that from the article. Murrow was an example used by Mr. Folks, an example of a loyal American at that.

I might encourage the owners of this website to refrain from publishing comments that use profanity or invoke an individual's sexuality.

Why give these voices of hate a forum?

10:35 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous. I have no desire to stick up for Will Folks in anything he does.

However, he is perfectly free,in this nation,to espouse any views and to speak of them in public. This is what I love about this nation, and why I've spent most of my adult life serving in the military to defend it.

But You're a friggin' idiot. Edward R. Murrow was every bit an American hero as Ernie Pyle, revealing corruption where he found it, regardless of what happened to him personally.
He revealed the hypocricy of the neo-fascism of Joe McCarthy, and his ilk. That you use the "communist fag," moniker of the 1950s an60s fascists is indicative of your ignorance. How did you learn to even turn on a computer, much less type?

You're obviously mentally handicapped/mentally disturbed.

Pro-marriage "amanedment"? Learn to spell you fucking imbecile...

11:07 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like I said Sic Willie if you can stop being praised by all your LIBERAL HOMO fan club for half a minute: will you tell us then please now what is your position on the gay marriage AMENDMANT???


11:39 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And just one more thing to consider why stick up for someone who BEATS WOMEN SENSELESS when thousands of innocent babies are ABORTED EVERY DAY IN AMERICA??????

That is liberals for you. Love the wife-beater and hate and kill the unborn.

11:43 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and Tammy, if you LOVE Will Folks so much why don't you go up there and screw him --- EVERY OTHER GIRL IN THE STATE HAS!

ARe you just ugly or something?

11:45 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pardon the elementary question but what does opposition to the "marriage amendment" have to do with one's sexuality?

12:30 PM

Anonymous T.J. said...

I really think that the Anon post above has got to be a joke.

I do not (Lord, I pray not) believe this fellow (or gal) to be serious. (S)He has to be some flamebaiter or something.

I really hope so.

On a different matter, Will and all the voices in your head....

Congrats on opening up a new site. I think it will be a great step forward for you. I frequently don't agree with you, and often find you personally repugnant, but most always enjoy your wit and insight into SC politics.

So keep up the good work.

1:16 PM

Blogger Tammy said...

To anonymous--(the anonymous that has a secret crush on Will Folks)

Just wanted to let you know that, first of all, I'm not like other girls in this state...Second, nope...I'm not ugly.

Something...maybe...but ugly not.

:-) t

1:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:10 PM

Blogger MaskedMedia said...

Jay W. - I think Will supports the idea of you and Scott Malyerck getting married. Besides, don't gay people have the right to be as miserable as every other married person?

2:37 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody told me wf was a little hottie!

12:00 AM

Anonymous The Observer said...


Why the hell would anyone really care about the marriage amendment? Who cares if they get married ? Will that effect your life? Will it cause you to continue to be the homo you are and tell your lover you have to stay in the closet because it's illegal? Seriously, get a grip. I agree with Will about 1 outta 10 times, but what does this question have to do with anything? Quite frankly we all know it's on the ballot to do nothing more than get the base fired up. No one one REALLY gives a shot do they? I mean gas is $3 a gal, interest rates are creeping, roads need fixing, public education is questionable, as are the Gamecocks again, and all you care about is making damn sure gays can't marry...way to be in tune on the issues. Get a life.

10:43 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are smart, quick, active, interesting, educated, and experienced...

But, for some reasong you seem to just love pulling a 'target' on top of yourself for everyone to shoot at!

Either you are crazy as a loon or you really love the pain of controversy...

In any event, Keep it up. It's fun for the rest of us out here...

4:20 PM


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