Friday, September 01, 2006

Mainstream Media to Report on Scarborough, Ceips

For the past few months, the alleged affair between State Representatives Wallace Scarborough (R-Charleston) and Catherine Ceips (R-Beaufort) has been a "fringe" media story, percolating in the corridors of the political blogosphere and in B-grade tabloids like the Columbia City Paper.

That's all about to change ...

FITS has learned that one - and perhaps even two - major daily newspapers in South Carolina will be breaking the story to a much larger audience this Sunday, a distinct departure from form in a state where elected officials have routinely been given the "Kennedy treatment" when it comes to keeping their alleged affairs out of the public eye.

Of course that was B.C., Before Clinton.

Rest assured that the impact of this editorial decision(s) will be felt long after the public has forgotten about either Scarborough or Ceips ....


Anonymous tammy said...

"Of course that was B.C., Before Clinton."

love it.

Yep. Those that live in glass houses...glad to see it will hit mainstream. Once some major SC R's are outted the better off we'll all be...people aren't going to stop screwing around...it is about time SC grows up and deals with that. And I'm SO glad to see you can credit Clinton with something. ;-)

12:31 AM

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10:42 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'll warrant that there is good reason for G-Pat's "I won't debate unless..." hitting before the Scarborough Ceips anticipated political blood bath. On one side G-pat needs to promise that he won't drop dead during another four year term.

I hear that Rod's hand picked challenger to John Graham, that lost the house 119 run off might have a similar Achilles heel that Stavarnakis' associates had hoped to run against

10:44 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's about time! The only way Wally's assault on the SCE&G workers makes sense is that Kate was stashed in the house, and he thought the workers were Private Investigators in disguise. Once he assaulted first responders, the affair was no longer private.

Family Values ?????????????

12:59 PM

Blogger Earl Capps said...

On my blog, I've discussed the how the media is moving away from their traditional "gatekeeper" role, and delving into things which were left to more obscure and less respected media outlets, or simply ignored.


As you point out, this was most noted in the shift of how the media covered the succession of alleged trysts by Bill Clinton, from Gennifer Flowers to Monica Lewinsky. From tabliods in 92 to front pages in 98.

That's a major change in just six years.

It's a big change, and if you are correct, South Carolina media will take a major step down that road this weekend.

While it may please those who wish to see people exposed, I'm not sure if this is a turn of a events that will benefit the people of this state, or improve the quality of news reporting.

I do agree with you - this is an editorial decision that will reach far beyond these two legislators, and will likely be much discussed long after those two are gone and forgotten.

While we want to see news media get back to asking tough questions and not being afraid to take on powerful people, is this how we want them to do so?

10:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will the secrets of big-time, closeted Republicans be revealed? The Scarborough/ Ceips affair pales in comparison........ Let the outings begin!

5:37 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget the press! Let's get these two scum bags out of elective office. If that dragnet rounds up some more, so be it. Come to think of it, self-serving immorality shouldn't be the norm for legislators. Voters need to be responsible for the trash they are sending to Columbia! That whole place could use a good enema...

7:33 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The newspapers are simply providing the public a service by pointing up the hyprocrisy of those officeholders who seem to believe that the electorate should turn a blind eye to their "do as I say, not as I do" attitude. The last time that I checked adultery was not a family value.

10:38 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, the story made three SC newspapers --- the State, the Island packet and the Beaufort Gazette. But it was noticeably absent from the rag that covers Wally's district --- the Post and Courier.

8:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As tempting as it may be to do so Platt has taken the high road thus far and not made much fodder out of this. Scarborough on the other hand has attacked Platt??? for pointing out that he may not live in the district...sounds like he isn't willing to back down, be it unarmed electricity workers, women, or even an opponent who is staying above board with all sorts of red meat thrown his way. Make us proud Wally!

10:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

one's personal character is always considered when I vote.

9:19 AM

Blogger Earl Capps said...

I'm not doubting that a good housecleaning is in order, and wouldn't be surprised if Lost Trust will be repeated in the not-so-distant future. While we got tougher ethics laws from that scandal, we didn't get people with higher ethical standards.

IMHO, there are a lot of people in Columbia who care more about the blonde at the end of the bar or where and when the next party ... whoops, legislative reception ... is at than the good of the people of the state.

Which is a real shame.

The sniping and personal attacks on these blogs are just as petty as the games played in the Columbia political culture. I'm betting a lot of the anon posters are very involved in both worlds.

I do find it interesting that of all the posters, only Tammy and I had the cojones to put our name to our words.

That says something right there.

But those who say "don't do it, and you won't get caught" do have a valid point. But isn't there something to be said for hoping that the press won't wallow in the same gutter as those they cover?

10:44 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wallce became very arrogant, cocky and conceited after the Post and John Frank ran the "Wallace is spreading his wings" story. Even went further saying that he and Speaker Harrell were best friends. Word has it that Harrell will not even be seen near Wallce for fear of his own image being tarnished. Harrell is not known for sincerity you know. Anyway, Wallce became such a powerful media hound and so full of himself that he was in the media delivering unneccessary and damaging comments about other House GOP caucus members.

Sympathy for Wallace, FORGET IT!! His attitude toward others this past year makes that impossible. For the good of the Party and his district he should resign. He will be totaly in effective should he win. But then again in Wallace's World it is all about Wallace. I do believe though that the wings have not only been clipped, they have been cut off.

11:12 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those who missed it the Charleston City Paper ran an article with more detail than one might be interested in

FEATURE | The Scarborough Affair
James Island's state rep. mucks up family values
By Will Moredock | August 9, 2006 (News: Features)

11:42 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would a guy having an affair with a "married" woman come to the hospital waiting room where her husband was dying from a stroke? That alone is politically incorrect and most unbecoming of supposed respected political officials, neither of which deserves to serve in office, in my opinion.

7:44 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what kind of message are we sending the youth of
today about morals and ethics? There was a time
when being a public servant or statesman was a
an honorable endeavor. Mr. Scarborough and Mrs.
Ceips only bring disrespect and dishonor to to
such a noble position in our statehouse. The actions
of these two which is well documented should alone
prevent them from holding office. I would hope the
powers that be in the SC House take action!

12:35 PM


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