Former La Socialista (a.k.a. The State) editorial page editor Brad Warthen’s three-month contract with the University of South Carolina will pay him more than $6,000 a month, FITS has learned.
And in what we consider to be a funny twist, it’s absolutely impossible for him to write any more favorably about the school than he did back when he was a “journalist.”
“He has been asked to help with communications and special projects and has assisted in some writing for initiatives under way in some of the colleges,” USC spokeswoman Margaret Lamb said of Warthen’s deal with the school.
Lamb also confirmed Warthen’s compensation for his three-month stint would be $18,750 – or $6,250 per month.
FITS first broke the news of Warthen’s hiring yesterday – a story that actually began in the comment section of one of our blog posts.
Since publishing our report, we’ve received unconfirmed reports that Warthen is actually working directly under USC President Harris Pastides – and that the decision to award him the short-term contract was made by Pastides himself.
Of course we couldn’t confirm those reports, hence the “unconfirmed” tag.
Clever, aren’t we?
We’re gonna go out on a limb and guess that like any “temporary” new government program, USC is going to find a permanent home for this rabid left-winger.
The “temporary” and “short-term” labels being bandied about are words meant to soften the blow, which reminds us – we heard news of Warthen’s hire was greeted by lawmakers like a fart in the State House.
Or two pooping piglets.
We’re also gonna go out on a limb and guess that Warthen’s eventual salary – while exorbitant – will be much less than the $300,000-plus that President Pastides is getting ready to shell out for two new VP’s.
Whoops … that’s tomorrow’s story.
We’re getting ahead of ourselves.