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.
LEWIS, MY MAN
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 IN PRINT (AGAIN)
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.
BAD BOY IN THE UPSTATE
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.