SLED Blacklists FITS
Another day, another state agency giving us the shaft …
This week, FITS broke the story of a recent car crash involving S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley that went unreported by the governor’s administration. The story isn’t a huge deal – but it was picked up quickly by numerous media outlets.
Assisting those other outlets? The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) – which was providing taxpayer-funded transportation to Haley and two of her campaign advisors at the time of the car crash.
As soon as we were able to independently confirm the fact that Haley had been in an unreported car crash, we placed a call to SLED spokesman Thom Berry seeking details about the incident as well some sort of official comment from the agency. Berry never called us back, but he did provide information to other media outlets that were picking up on our report. He also made SLED chief Mark Keel available for interviews with these other news outlets.
In other words, he told FITS to go screw itself.
Look, we get it … we really do. Our website has been critical of SLED for not shooting straight with the public on a host of issues, and the agency decided to exact its revenge by blacklisting us on this story (and presumably future stories).
That’s fine …
FITS has been blacklisted before. Not only that, we’ve been banned from the servers of numerous state agencies (most of them in Haley’s cabinet). In fact some agencies have broken the law by refusing to respond to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
Again, that’s fine … we view such petty retributions as badges of honor. And motivation.
Besides as our founding editor told Berry, “FITS isn’t going anywhere.”
And as the old saying goes, “we got more ink than they got blood.”