Monday, September 18, 2006

Time Mag Disses State Paper, Etc.

In a bit of journalistic irony, Time magazine got its "disrespect on" for our very own The State newspaper yesterday, referring to it as "one of" the largest newspapers in South Carolina in this puff piece on U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Color us tickled.

The State (a.k.a. La Socialista) is by far and away THE largest newspaper in South Carolina, with circulation numbers easily outpacing those of its nearest rivals, the Charleston Post and Courier and the Greenville News.

What makes the slight so ironic to us is the fact that these two publications share a very defined left-of-center news and editorial philosophy.

Consider the precedent set by the hiring of reporter Jim Hammond, whom The State brought on board AFTER his stint as Communications Director for Democratic Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum's 2004 U.S. Senate campaign.

Now we don't blame Hammond, he's a good guy trying to scratch out a living - as well as a friend of ours here at FITS. But could you imagine The State hiring former Sanford communications director Chris Drummond? Or Sic Willie?

Anyway, the Time article was also noteworthy in that it showed some love to one of our buds, arch-conservative SC Hotline co-founder Jeffrey Sewell, who is becoming something of a fixture on The State's editorial page.


Upstate voters will go to the polls tomorrow in a special election to determine who will compete for the seat of outgoing State Senator J. Verne Smith.

Most of the fireworks in this contest have been on the Republican side, where longtime Upstate Rep. Lewis Vaughn is facing a tougher than expected fight from a previously-disbarred lawyer named Kathleen Jennings Gresham. Vaughn, a strident supporter of school choice and one of FITS' favoritest legislators, should be running away with this race, but the latest polls show him hanging onto a lead that's just outside the margin of error.

Not surprisingly, Vaughn's race is being (mis)handled by Starboard Communications, the same bozos who are running Ralph Norman's campaign against U.S. Rep. John Spratt into the ground.

Hopefully Vaughn will hang on and win the GOP nomination, but the closeness of this contest is yet another example of Starboard's declining effectiveness.


FITS got some additional Upstate love over the weekend from the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, which published this story on the impact of the school choice issue on the Karen Floyd-Jim Rex race. The Queen of the S.C. Blogosphere, Laurin P. Manning, also got some ink from SHJ reporter Bob Dalton in the story.


Sic Willie will be in the Upstate this week at the invitation of Furman University's political science department, making the first of his two scheduled appearances on the campus over the course of the fall semester.

No word yet on whether our favorite bad boy will don his "home blue" or "road white" Indianapolis Colts' jersey for the initial speaking engagement.

Folks has spoken recently to the USC College of Journalism and Mass Communications (his alma mater) and the SC Winning Women conference, where he followed GOP Superintendent of Education nominee Karen Floyd.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeffery Sewell is on the mark…and just ahead of the curve. The Dump Graham movement is much larger, and deeper than the Senator realizes.

Senator Graham should pay attention to Mr. Sewell…

4:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

WARNING! WARNING! Women of Furman University stand guard. Will Folks will be on campus and can be considered a predator. Do not be fooled by his “Hey, how you?” quips or further impersonations of Governor Mark Sanford. He will be after the grand prize and won’t abide by the sacred three date rule before asking for it.

4:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought will folks was gay?

5:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction. Starboard is not running Ralph Norman's campaign. They are printing stickers, flyers, etc. They may be consulting on Direct mail but thats about it.

7:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Vaughn loses (which he very well might), it will be because of the perception of the backroom deal with Shoopman and the fact he's as old as dirt in a vibrant and growing district that doesn't care he's been in the GA for 18 years.

He needs to move back to St. Louis.

9:02 PM

Anonymous tammy said...

Leave it to SC to dump the Senator that leaves the impression that someONE in our state actually owns a brain. How exciting that Time picked it up and carried it nationwide.

Welcome to the Upstate Folks. Let us know if you head over to the 'burg. Politics over drinks? My treat.

11:14 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of the "The Dump Graham Movement," does anyone know of a website, organization, etc. dedicated to this cause? (and if so...where do I sign up???)

12:06 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Furman, not Bob Jones. Chill people.

12:23 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did this Sewell guy come from. A year ago he moves here and is suddenly some expert on SC. When he is challenged about his posts he can't ever respond. He walks around smelling like a bottle of Polo and wheres ascots. He ain't from here and don't know jack.

9:30 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Folks writes Jeffrey Sewell's op-eds.

12:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sewell has lived here for years...is well connected and writes extensively on a variety of subjects...and I have spoken to him several times about these issues, and he seems very well versed.

Perhaps your case of Sewell envy would go away if you took a bath, and wore a little cologne...it's relatively cheap and you might pick up the habit of being well groomed. It is surprisingly satisfying.

1:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It should be fairly obvious that he is the mouthpiece for someBody who is far more Politically astute.

2:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sewell and Gross really don't understand this state.

2:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


I like J Sewell! I saw him last night at the SC Policy Council party…where he was huddled with Jenny Sanford and Joe Wilson. He came to the party with a well known heavy $$ donor to the Republican Party, and he seemed to know everyone there…

So lay off my friend…he is what he is…

6:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the way The State paper attacked Jim Hodges in 2002 to help Mark Sanford win, I just don't see how you conservatives can still claim that the paper is so left-wing.

I'm beginning to think that these cries of "liberal, liberal" are simply knee-jerk reactions to any media outlet that might disagree with you all on a particular issue.

In fact, I'm pretty sure that The State hasn't endorsed a Democrat for Governor in 12 years - and that's only if they endorsed Nick Theodore in 1994. They endorsed Beasley in 1998 and certainly didn't endorse Theo Mitchell in 1990. So in 22 years, The State has endorsed maybe 1 Democrat for governor - but they are still "socialists?" Give me a break.

Although I left South Carolina (for good) a few years ago, you right-wing conservatives down there continue to entertain. I must admit, it's your state now; there aren't too many more Democrats to blame down there for your problems. That said, you all are continuing to make a mess of the place.

10:30 PM

Blogger SCPolitico said...

Anon #9,

Please feel free to call anytime today on any post I've ever written or better yet, I'll take you to lunch and answer your questions and then pick up the tab.

I moved here in 1992 to start a high-speed cabling company with my brother and have been active in SC Republican politics to some degree since that time starting with Governor Beasley's SCINET project.

So anyway I was born in Southern California not South Carolina my wife is however born and raised pure Cheravian. As for the remark about my cologne and or wardrobe all I can say is; Get off my Ascot!

Jeffrey Sewell

6:19 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Folks’ buddy Aaron Gould Sheinin didn’t like this post by Wilbur and decided to show just how lib-er-al the newspaper is by going with a front page “news story” headlined “Moore to skip NAACP forum.” While most newspapers declare what’s newsworthy as anything breaking from the status quo, the editorial decision seemed to be, “Well, a Democrat is not going to an NAACP event. THAT’s news!” If it were a Republican it wouldn’t be— it would be “par for the course.” But Sheinin looks like he’s tailored his quotes to make it seem, very backhandedly, that Moore is trying to snub the organization so as to appear to not take the black vote for granted. You can almost see the smirk on the writer’s face as he cuts and pastes and drops in those classic Winthrop University professor’s quotes. So just how Moore is trying to show that he’s not just like every other Democrat by snubbing the NAACP event because it’s not even being held in South Carolina, The State is trying to break away from their own liberal connotation by going with the story on their front page. This is born from a very deep insecurity in this state that stems from the embarrassment of the past. Which, really, is what makes S.C. politics and journalism so fun to watch.

10:10 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your comments on Starboard are interesting...just one question though, how is your company Viewpolitik doing?

9:54 AM


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