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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….

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.”

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16 comments

vicupstate August 28, 2013 at 8:12 am

If this was a political trip, did Haley’s campaign pick up the tab?

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TontoBubbaGoldstein August 28, 2013 at 8:38 am

And as the old saying goes, “we got more ink than they got blood.”

TBG assumes you mean that SC will run out of corruption, before FITSNEWS runs out of ink.

That’s a hell of a lot of ink, Kemosabe.

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Smirks August 28, 2013 at 8:42 am

That’s more ink than there is water in the Atlantic.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein August 28, 2013 at 8:48 am

And if FITSNEWS needs more, TBG will gladly send him some, if he’s ok with red. TBG is drowning in the stuff.

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Philip Branton August 28, 2013 at 10:56 am

LOL…….a classic “Fall on your own Sword” media article..!! We wonder if Amy Lazenby understands the implication to “web traffic analytics” that Wil Folks does NOT relate in this fluff piece..? Heck, is the income that Amy receives form her efforts on the website actually TIED to the number of hits and page views that these articles garner..or NOT..?

How would the readers and “posters” here in the comment section use this information to do WHAT..?

Ya know….if every Citadel Cadet started “hitting” this website every day………what wold any SLED agent do..? “Ya know”……..I know exactly how the pupils in Nikki Haley’s eyes would look when the head of SLED plopped the web information down in front of her and “smiled”…!! We wonder if she would place a call to Catherine “the great” Ceips and Amy Lazenby and ask for some “advice”..?

We wonder if the Citadel Cadets would be “outraged” if they did not see this info and “meeting” ….transparently..?

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Herp Derpington August 28, 2013 at 11:14 am

Yes, the butthurt is strong with this one.

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Philip Branton August 28, 2013 at 11:43 am

Dear Wil Folks……..(yes YOU) ….you have the utter gall to prance and pontificate about the “Black list” that SLED has supposedly put your website on but yet you are in FACT blacklisting a very important topic yourself…!!

Read Here……

http://www.postandcourier.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20130827%2FPC16%2F130829363%2F1177%2Fcharleston-county-drops-controversial-plan-for-bees-ferry-recycling-site#_=_

Wil Folks, your a fine man, but the very display and coverage of the topics and concerns that you and your staff promote here is a clear example of …WHAT..?

Wil…..how many counties in our state have LANDFILLS that use foreign BIG OIL diesel to truck or RAIL the trash to…? Heck we wonder just how much YOU pay in electric energy that could be produced with your very own TRASH..?? Maybe you and Amy need to get a hot latte and discuss our state’s promotion of terror funding by using all that Foreign Diesel…!!

My Backside…..!! (Fist Poundzzzz..!!)

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nitrat August 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm

OK, zoomie…

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Philip Branton August 28, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Mr. Folks……..do you realize that the Post and Courier just took the article down from the main page on their website..? (the one i referenced in the previous comment) DO you know why…? Should Amy Lazenby or your wife be concerned…?

For Gods sake………….do you understand the DYNAMITE…?

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Philip Branton August 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Mr Folks…..think about this “black list”..!

Checkout this website…..

http://www.cs4ns.com/

Look at the very information on the web page. Look at who the Sponsors are and who the presenters are..?

What do you think would happen if I showed up to give a “presentation” on actual web cyber security and information awareness..? What concerns and solutions that will be presented will have economic impact in Syria or Egypt or Afghanistan that SC Fitsnews readers would have interest in…? Heck, would a TV station be there to report it? Would Warren Wise be there from the Post and Courier..?

Why would any campaign staffer for Nancy Mace or Senator Lindsey Graham care?

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Boz Martin August 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Bah! You act as though your main obsessional issues are the only ones FITS “black-lists”. Far from it. Stand in line, take a number.

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Philip Branton August 29, 2013 at 10:10 am

Boz…..great Re-tort…..BRAVO….!!

DO you wonder if Nancy Mace or Lindsey Graham has a line to even get in to take a number for…??

Matter of fact, why has FITSNEWS not created a “line” for Lindsey Graham since he has not created one for his voters yet…?

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nitrat August 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Will, this is a blog that publishes near porn, proudly seeks to be unfair and unbalanced in the furtherance of a radical right wing agenda and you expect to get treated like the mainstream news gathering operation?
And, you want those evil state employees surfing the web while they are supposed to be working?

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Squishy123 August 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Fuck’em… they can’t block your site from their employee’s smart-phones or home computers.

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Boz Martin August 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Where’s the love?

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Arlen Cooper August 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm

SLED, legal gangsters! Keep telling us (citizens), the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

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