“Pay To Say” Press

IT’S A GREAT DAY … TO BRIBE THE MEDIA Earlier this week, a friend of ours shared the “good news” that the State of South Carolina had been ranked No. 2 in the nation on a list of the “Top States for Doing Business.” “See, South Carolina isn’t that bad,”…


Earlier this week, a friend of ours shared the “good news” that the State of South Carolina had been ranked No. 2 in the nation on a list of the “Top States for Doing Business.”

“See, South Carolina isn’t that bad,” our friend told us, referring to Area Development‘s fawning praise for our state’s so-called “economic development” efforts.


“South Carolina is on a roll,” the publication claims, touting our “pro-active approach to building a ready and willing work force.”

Wait … South Carolina?  With its anti-competitive tax climate?  Worst-in-the-nation public education system?  And its totally corrupt, dysfunctional government?

Hmmmm … something’s not right here …

Last time we checked South Carolina was good for two things … growing government and keeping its people poor and stupid (seriously … check the numbers).  That’s why our government has had to use our tax dollars to bribe companies into locating here – an infinitely corrupt process which only exacerbates our problem by shifting the state’s tax burden onto the backs of small businesses.

Well, it turns out there’s a fairly simple reason why South Carolina received this ranking: we paid for it.  Or more specifically, you paid for it.

Area Development is one of the publications that has received tens of thousands of dollars in direct payments from the S.C. Department of Commerce in exchange for … well … propaganda like this.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina,” people.  As long as you pay people enough money to say so …


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John Steinberger October 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

We need to pass the South Carolina FairTax Act and reduce our highest-in-the-nation manufacturing property tax (which includes industrial machinery)to be competitive with neighboring states! The Tax Foundation rates South Carolina 36th in its Business Tax Climate Index. 8 of the Top 10 states have no personal income tax.

Frank Pytel October 24, 2012 at 9:34 am

We need to all go to our brokers and invest in pitchfork manufacturing companies.

Have a Great Day!! :)

Frank Pytel


? October 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

“pro-active approach to building a ready and willing work force”

lol, translation:

“SC has high unemployment”


BigT October 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

My, my, the Irony….

SparkleCity October 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

Talk about money/business news:

The Prince of Darkness (aka Mel Karmazin – CEO of SiriusFM (oops… I ment SiriusXM) has RESIGNED!!!!!!!

HOO-FUCKING RAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s the plan:

Have John Malone (CEO of Liberty Media & now the guy with the big fuzzy nuts who now owns SiriusFM (there I go again!!!) rehire the XM production staff and bring SiriusXM back to what it used to be not a slight better version of terra radio. Everyone who is not a “Sheeple” knows that XM had the better programming and hardware.

Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out Mel

You and your ass-licking poor excuses of programming fucked up a good thing no matter what the day traders say

SparkleCity October 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

Mel’s favorite quote:

“I love selling advertising”

Fuck you Mel.

You had the best media on radio and you made it into a slightly better version of terra radio = piss poor programming (music & comedy channels are “looped’ and are a shadow of the old “XM” days.

Fuck you again Mel.

But the day traders love your ass……………….

its time October 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

And thats different from howard rich and the koch brothers buying internet bloggers to skew articles and write one sided disengenuous pieces…how ????


SparkleCity October 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

Bye Mel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to you & your ass-kissing shit-for brains programming “staff” for fucking up satellite radio and cooking the numbers so the day traders got a boner every time the stock went up a penny due to your “smoke & mirrors pony show!!!!!

johnb October 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

so much information
some bought

Okay October 24, 2012 at 11:14 am

Pot calling the kettle black, don’t you think?

SparkleCity October 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

Here’s some big news on money & the media (and business in general):

Companies will LIE & DECEIVE to make their stock go up

Ask Mel Karamazin………….

Fred Friendly October 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Charleston Regional Business Journal is a good example of a bi-weekly newspaper-format mailed to subscribers that prints only business “gospel” (that’s the greek for “good news”).

All articles seem to have been written by the companies that are the subject of the articles. CRBJ is full of simple graphs — bar charts, line charts, line charts — all pointing upward.

Editorials are all positive. Readers would think they’re reading about in Silicon Valley.

What a joke it is.

JRH October 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm

You know if things like this are true ,I say find out who did this and have them locked up and everyone thats involved too!Thats the problem now politicians think they are above the law,but what can be done? All the goverment agency’s are tied together,law enforcement included,so what can be done?

jeffy01 October 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I smell Federal investigation…..

Philip Branton October 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm

“Tips” and “Icebergs” come to mind…….

We wonder if the ship’s name might be “The Post and Courier”..??

“Skirt Magazine…”

“Times and Democrat”…??

“Greer Citizen”…??

“Island Packet”….

“Spurs and Feathers”…??


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