The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier published a fluff-filled editorial this week arguing in support of long-overdue ethics reform in South Carolina – a cliché-ridden piece that employed a lot of the same meaningless rhetorical drivel we’re used to hearing on this subject from Palmetto State politicians.

“Reforms are essential for citizens to be assured that those who represent them are acting in the public interest,” the paper noted.

Really?  You don’t say …

Later it added that “some” elected officials in South Carolina have been trying to “keep public business out of the public eye.”

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah BLAH.  Tell us something we don’t know, jerk-offs.

Ordinarily, we’d thank the Post and Courier for lending its support (hackneyed as it was) to the important work of ethics reform, but sadly  they never offered up any specific proposals.  Also, given the paper’s recent history we cannot permit their rank hypocrisy in raising this issue to go untouched.

Remember, The Post and Courier rakes in millions of dollars each year from state government in the form of tax exemptions.  It also recently forced out its only decent investigative journalist for having the audacity to expose a major scandal involving a powerful local politician, S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

Then, The Post and Courier actually had the gall to endorse Harrell’s reelection bid.

In other words, this outlet has about as much credibility talking bout “ethics” reform as S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – who recently rolled out a modest list of proposals aimed at closing the very loopholes she has habitually exploited to achieve and maintain her position of power.

Weak …

South Carolina needs credible voices advancing specific reforms – not hypocrites speaking in platitudes.  Unfortunately in our state’s largest paper (and in our governor), we are stuck with the latter.

As our founding editor noted in one of his provocative tweets, “these assholes can lecture us about ‘ethics’ when they stop taking money from the criminals they endorse.”