Saturday, November 04, 2006

WIS Refuses to Air New SCRG Ad

WIS-TV is refusing to air a new television ad by South Carolinians for Responsible Government (SCRG), sources close to both organizations tell FITS.

The ad, which you can watch by clicking here, accuses The State newspaper of being under the thumb of a "liberal, out-of-state corporation" that is "trying to influence our elections" and "spiking stories in the news department just like the New York Times."

The State, according to the ad, is "liberal, biased and just plain wrong."

Allegedly penned by SCRG communications director Denver Merrill and Joshua Gross of the S.C. Club for Growth, the ad is currently running on Columbia stations WLTX and WOLO.

It was initially refused airtime on WIS late Friday by the station's General Manager, Mel Stebbins, who vehemently objected to its content.

Sources tell FITS that attorneys for both WIS and SCRG have been in communication and that a meeting is scheduled for Monday between the groups to discuss the matter further.

As far as FITS can tell, this is the first time a television advertisement has specifically gone after a news outlet here in South Carolina.

The State's Lee Bandy, a forty-year veteran of South Carolina politics, says "numerous candidates and groups have spoken critically of the media" in the past, but this is the first time he can recall an ad specifically targeting an individual news outlet.

We're very interested in your thoughts on this issue ... is the ad accurate? If so, is it appropriate? Is it strategically a smart thing to do?

Tell us what you think ...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Ad!!!

The petty, intellectual lazy and estrogen filled no-talents that run the State Newspaper ought to be sentenced to 2 weeks on a deserted island with Jenny Sanford.

PS…and as for WISTV refusing the too play the ad…where is the surprise in that?!

2:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As sure as Robert Barber is leaning over a crickety rail in an old barn in Jasper county, shoving ten spots at a Mexican bookie, and screamin “killem cock, killem…the WIS TV folks will stand beside their comrades in mass media…and make every effort to protect the State newspaper from critism.

And by the way...is lee Bandy EVER right about anything???

2:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's about time. I can't read the State anymore. It's "news" content is slanted to fit their increasingly liberal editorail page. It is nothing more than a propaganda rag. Good for SCRG. I hope others start calling the media out for presenting their partisan views as "news."

10:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe the SCRG would talk about someone else under control of outsiders. All the SCRG is is a bunch of carpetbaggers. Also, reckon we can get a petition to send Josh Gross back to California or wherever the hell he came from?

11:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The State paper endorsed Thomas Ravenel for treasures and hence I can't listen to anything they say, they are obviously under the thumb of big monied interests. Unless and until they comport with everything I believe I see no point in reading they're paper.

2:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a shame that those right-wing crazies in Greenville and Charleston aren't exposed to a quality newspaper like "The State' that invites you to look at issues from more than your own warped preconceptions. What's there to "conserve" in a state that's too often last in all the good categories and first in the bad ones. A whiff of liberalism is welcome from time to time.

6:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait, SCRG is accusing The State of being under the thumb of a "liberal, out-of-state corporation" that is "trying to influence our elections". I just needed to type that again to let the irony sink in.

7:50 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the first anonymous commenter: You cannot even write correctly or spell all that well. All the more proof that your comment is pointless. And, what does estrogen have to do with any of this?

10:23 AM

Anonymous west_rhino said...

Anon #6, obviously you're unfamiliar with the Charelston's Post-Courier, which suffers teh same malodorous left bent as l'Etat despite being some hundred miles removed from an upstate development gone wrong. I supppose that's the same blessing Clemson has being that far removed from the State House.

As to a whiff of liberalism, it usually is a hint that the ostomy bag is full.

1:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously, WestRhino, the Post_Courier does not express itself with the eloquence that The State does not bring about the intended results, otherwise why would SC have foisted upon it by Charleston the likes of John Graham Altman, Wallace Scarborough,Mark Sanford, Henry Brown, the Ravenels, Glenn McConnell, etc. Or perhaps my late uncle (a Charleston native) was right when he said, "The people of Charleston don't read newspapers, and not much of anything else, either."

10:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did not the State Newspaper endorsed Mark Sanford in 2002? Out of state influence? I can see the ol boys over at SCRG and SC Club for Growth laughing it up when they cut that ad. Out of State influence = SCRG period.

11:42 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is yet another waste of Howard Rich's and his friends money.

Those guys ought to get a refund.

The money would have been better spent going after Rex

7:25 AM


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