NYT Sends Food Critic To Cover US Senate Race

We knew times were tight for the uber-liberal mainstream media these days (oh, that crazy marketplace of ideas) but sending a food critic to cover a U.S. Senate race? Has it really gotten that bad? For The New York Times, apparently so … Food critic Kim Severson does her best with the…

We knew times were tight for the uber-liberal mainstream media these days (oh, that crazy marketplace of ideas) but sending a food critic to cover a U.S. Senate race? Has it really gotten that bad?

For The New York Times, apparently so …

Food critic Kim Severson does her best with the Palmetto State’s U.S. Senate race – in which incumbent “Republican in Name Only” Lindsey Graham has drawn a trio of challengers, S.C. Sen. Lee Bright, social conservative attorney Richard Cash and Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace.

According to Severson, Mace is “the challenger whose political star is rising the fastest.”

Mmmmm … rising.

“Mace is also the biggest target so far, in part because of her connection to a political gossip Web site called FitsNews, which she helped create in her role as a Web designer and media manager,” Severson reports.

She adds …

Will Folks, once a press secretary for Representative Mark Sanford and a former political consultant for Governor Haley, runs the site, which consistently attacks the governor. In 2010, Mr. Folks claimed to have had an “inappropriate physical relationship” with Ms. Haley two weeks before the election in her highly competitive bid for governor.

The claims were never proved, and Ms. Haley, who is heading into a campaign for her second term next year, has long said it was just another example of underhanded South Carolina politics.

Oh really?

Our founding editor’s official response to Severson’s story?

Yeah …

Oh, we hope Severson remembers to refrigerate the batter and use solid vegetable shortening to coat the inside of the pan (preferably using a pastry brush). Oh, we hope she doesn’t use one of those brightly colored silicone bundt pans either. They tend to buckle – and there is nothing in the world our founding editor hates more than “lopsided bundt.”

But who are we to tell a food critic such things?

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Raymond August 26, 2013 at 9:15 am

Can’t wait for the food metaphors because I’m tired of the standard violent metaphors. Instead of “Mace attacks Graham” we can have “Mace slings hash at Graham record”.

shifty henry August 26, 2013 at 9:30 am

A traveling salesman never ate hash in restaurants because he didn’t know what was in it. He never ate hash at home – because he did know!

CNSYD August 26, 2013 at 9:17 am

Will the post primary story food metaphor include “a lamb led to slaughter”?

? August 26, 2013 at 9:35 am

“make me a bundt cake”


Can’t wait for the shrill screams of “misogynist” and “wife beater” to naturally come as a result.

It seems to me to make sense to have a food reporter covering what is in essence a food fight.

shifty henry August 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

Anybody remember the hilarious scene in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” ..

Philip Branton August 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Go SHifty …..go….!!!

So….how would YOU use the picture of a Bundt Cake to send a message to both Lindsey Graham and this reporter at the same time to tell them that Wil Folks said…….”up yours”…?

How would you get Nancy Mace to smile about a campaign sign that said “Lindsey Graham……..you can kiss my big fat illegal immigrant”…!?

Shifty…..how would make money off of your “Greek” comment…?

Smirks August 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

Apparently you can’t write about food AND news.


Here’s a link to a page about her on NYT’s website, you can even see articles she has written or co-written from there. Sure, a lot of them are food-based articles, but many are not. You could also check her Wikipedia page:


Since October 2010, she has been a national correspondent, based in Atlanta, covering the Southeast. Previously, she worked as a food writer at the Times and for six years before that at the San Francisco Chronicle. She spent seven years as an editor and reporter at the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska. She has also covered crime, education, social services and government for daily newspapers on the West Coast.

Nice attempt at being the next Todd Kincannon, though.

Cicero August 26, 2013 at 10:12 am

Classless ad hominens aside against the report: 1) I love how Mace says her opponents are “smearing” her—where’s the smear?; 2) no one believes your Haley allegations were proven; 3) I wonder if the NYT had to pay their “food reporter” in equity?; 4) it’s skipped over here how it’s now national news that Will Folks and FITS are “Tea Party favorite” Nancy’s biggest liabilities and the mere mention of the site gets her off message.

Frank Pytel August 26, 2013 at 11:53 am

National news? Where? I’m seeing 1 article where Mr. Folks name is mentioned? Where is all this massive coverage?

MyDaddyIsRich August 26, 2013 at 10:43 am

Compared to your credentials she is David Broder. Now go make me a Bullshit sandwich.

Polyphemos August 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

That’s not saying a whole lot, though.

Mike at the Beach August 26, 2013 at 10:46 am

The NYT just realizes that there won’t be much to this race…

Philip Branton August 26, 2013 at 11:56 am

Excellent information war fare tactic……now how would every Cadet at the Citadel use this same tactic to send a message to Assad in Syria that would would put the fear in both Assad and Lindsey Graham..?

How would they send the message…?

How would Wil FOlks be used…??

How would the actions be tagged back to Philip Branton and Nancy Mace and Catherine Ceips..??

How should the Post and Courier respond..?

How should the Motley Law Firm staff respond to such informational tactics..?

Philip Branton August 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm

We wonder if this food critic has ever thought about asking Senator Lindsey Graham and Nancy Mace about this subject in this article….here…


Considering that Egypt is a topic that Senator Lindsey Graham should know well, we wonder if he understands how the comment section of this website should be used to get Nancy Mace to reveal her Egyptian “view”..?

Who believes in Free speech more…Senator Graham or Nancy Mace or Asia Times………or Wil Folks..? How can it be verified to teach voters WHAT they are voting for instead of WHO..?

Polyphemos August 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm

NO, NO! You’ve got it all wrong.. It was the NYT’s way of saying, “Eat Me.”

Well I thought it was funny..

Philip Branton August 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

We wonder why Wil Folks did not link to this video….??


Do the readers of this site realize that Fitsnews SHOULD be this …”interesting”..?

Cecil August 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm

With her Nancy Boy tweet it looks like Mice is doing some smearing of her own.

Soft Sigh from Hell August 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Some GOP antics of recent years edge close to intraparty cannibalism.
As in. “eat their own.”

Emile DeFelice August 27, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Well, first of all – food is political. Harold Laswell defined politics 1955, ‘who gets what, where, how, why, and when.’ Secondly, this is an old, and successful, tradition. Check out AJ Liebling, RW Apple, and Cal Trillin for some thrilling reading.


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