PAPER’S CHAIRMAN LINKED TO SCUTTLED FEDERAL CORRUPTION CASE
This website has repeatedly exposed corruption at The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier – South Carolina’s largest, oldest mainstream media outlet.
Two recent examples of such reporting can be found HERE and HERE.
The 30,000-foot view? The Post and Courier is in the business of establishment protection – not investigative journalism. It exists to coddle and spin on behalf of powerful elected officials and institutions – not challenge or expose them on behalf of its readers.
This explains why its news and editorial coverage has veered so wildly to the left in recent years – and why reporters who dare to challenge South Carolina’s corrupt fiscally liberal establishment get run out of its newsroom faster than you can say “Bobby Harrell.”
The latest scandal to befall this paper revolves around its owner and chairman, Pierre Manigualt, who has played a lead role in implementing its policy of status quo accommodation.
According to multiple sources – including socialites in Charleston, S.C., investigators at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbia, S.C. and attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) in Washington, D.C. – Manigault was the subject of federal corruption investigation spanning from 2008-10.
In fact the Lowcountry aristocrat was reportedly on the verge of being popped by former U.S. Attorney Walt Wilkins’ office in early 2010.
“(Manigault) was openly discussing it with friends,” one source told us. “According to him an announcement was imminent.”
All of that changed in January 2010, though, when Wilkins resigned as U.S. Attorney. In his place, U.S. President Barack Obama appointed defense lawyer William Nettles – one of Manigault’s sailing buddies.
At that point, the case against the owner of the Post and Courier “disappeared.”
So … what did the feds have on Manigault?
Sources familiar with the case tell FITS the original investigation centered around illegal drug use (Manigault’s cocaine habit is no secret in the Holy City) – but that it quickly spread into “other areas.”
We’re also told the decision to drop the case had less to do with Manigault’s cozy relationship with Nettles and more to do with the Obama administration’s “default setting” for dealing with high-level corruption.
“They would rather own someone – have that person work for them – than bust them,” one of our D.C. sources said of Obama’s Justice Department. “It’s more profitable for them to have someone in their pocket than it is to have them in prison.”
FITS is continuing to investigate the Manigault story. Stay tuned for more details …
PM allegedly partakes in some nose candy.
This sparks a TWO YEAR DOJ INVESTIGATION.
TBG will never even joke about effing with the “Do Not Remove – Under Penalty of Federal Law” tags on mattresses, ever again.
Maybe if the Feds had popped him, he would have “T-RAVed” and the P&C would now be more libertarian than the DailyPaul.
more libertarian than the DailyPaul.
Occasionally I may “Void Where Prohibited” —– maybe
Say it ain’t so Shifty!! Alas – my view of your utmost propriety is forever disturbed…..
Hmmmm, perhaps i haven’t been following your hilarious jokes very well, ey?
“Void Where Prohibited” ….. hmmm,
They try to humiliate you in the hospital. They make you pee in a bottle and I hate that. I was in the hospital and the nurse said, “You have to pee in this bottle.” She left and I filled it with Mountain Dew. She came back and I chugged it. She was puking for days. It’s a sick world and I’m a happy guy!
I had general anesthesia. That’s so weird. because you go to sleep in one room and then you wake up four hours later in a totally different room. Just like college.
per your usual creative humor, I am in stitches. Mountain Dew!!
To the college thing…add naked with stacks of soaked clothing which may or may contain yours. I heard something about streaking, admin building fountain…
” HEARD something about streaking” – yeah, right!
Although I am no longer affiliated with the federal government in that capacity, I hereby absolve you and grant you full pardon in regard to all tags removed from upholstered goods, whether you were the final consumer or not. If you were the final consumer, said actions were, in fact, legal. If you were not the final consumer, I do not want to know why you were sneaking around removing these tags from folks’ upholstered/filled furniture. We might *should* have investigated you…
TBG is printing and laminating this and will keep it on his person at all times in case the Federales show up….
Notarize it, too. Just about everything in SC has to be notarized…
You may also want to wear this shirt:
I know both Pierre Manigault and Bill Nettles fairly well. To my knowledge, they are not “buddies” or “cozy.” Pretty sure you are just making that part up, Will. About 1/3 of what you right is just for shits and giggles anyway. Right, Will?
Now – was Pierre once on the Feds’ radar? Most probably. At one time, ALL of Thomas Ravenel’s ambiguously metrosexual downtown boys were on their radar. In the end, they only popped Thomas because he was an elected official. Otherwise, those pretty boys could have snorted half of Bolivia’s annual production on Church Street at 10:00 am on Sunday morning and the Feds could have cared less.
And your DC source’s description of the Obama Justice Department? That’s a valid description of EVERY Justice Department since 1980. If the Feds couldn’t scare the shit out of otherwise law-abiding citizens with draconian recreational drug use laws, the whole system would shut down. They would never indict, much less convict anyone of any substance without a scared little Confidential Informant shaking in the corner crying for his mama, or his prep school “roommate.”
About 1/3 of what you right is just for shits and giggles anyway. Right, Will?
The first rite of spring?
If you are trying to write a wrong – well, you’ve just seceded! Good job!
“Ambiguously metrosexual” and “seceded” in the same thread. Look for this to appear in President-elect McConnell’s google search in 3…, 2…, 1……
Write on, Bubba … (that’s what I get for posting before shaking off the cobwebs from last night).
Your original comment recalled the novel “Sister Santee.” A fun read.
Written like someone who actually knows the system. You must be new to these parts, pardner…facts sometimes confuse and anger young Will. Proceed at your own risk.
The P&C is privately owned. Check. PM is the owner. Check. Under the “free market” PM can have the P&C write and print whatever he so desires. Check. So what is the “free market” champion Sic Willie’s problem with that?
And, if he’s done cocaine in Charleston, he’s done it with friend of Fits Thomas Ravenel.
I dont know much about Pierre Manigault but I do know that referring to the Post and Courier as “liberal” is the height of absurdity and that if the Obama Administration is going “easy” on Manigault to curry favor with the Editorial staff,they arent getting much for that effort.
P&C is a relentless critic of Obama,blasting him editorially every few daysThey consistently endorse Republicans(they havent endorsed a Democrat for President since FDR),are big fans of the VERY conservative Tim Scott,carry mostly Right Wing op Eders,and are obsessed with opposition to Obamacare.
Yeh big “liberals”Fits.
If the Post and Courier is “liberal,” Pope Francis is Jewish. What are you drinking these days, Will?
The term”liberal” is actually meaningless here.It is simply used as an epithet that Fits throws out at anybody or anything that he disagrees with at any given point in time.Further,it doesnt matter how much he disagrees with them.Often,he will label someone a “liberal” even though he agrees with them on almost every issues save one or two.
Fits is just a conservative/libertarian Republican who likes to toss brickbats at fellow Republicans who dont live up to his standards of purity.
Newspapers are by default Socialist rags to Republicans who never read newspapers.
Damn…and I shaved my balls for this?
Should have let me shave them Bill, I’m the one who scraped your dead cat off South Edisto Avenue.
Wow, this story mentions socialites, sailing and some clown named Manigault. A trifecta of douchebaggery.
” A trifecta of douchebaggery.”
I thought that was Southern Charm? Well, I guess Southern Charm is a bit more than a trifecta . . .
Extra points for correctly using “douchebaggery” in a sentence. If you can get jackassery and nitwittery in with douchebaggery, you get a certificate suitable for framing.
Is “assclownery” passé, then?
Absolutely not, sir! It just doesn’t make my top three, that’s all. It definitely makes my top ten, as does asshattery and numbskullery.
FITS accuses P&C with inflated pomposity, of lacking what FITS lacks!!!
“The Post and Courier is … not investigative journalism..[doesn’t] challenge [politicians]”
The only thing this very entertaining but notably unschooled and unskilled (re: investigative journalism) political gossip blog “exposes” is conjectures and allegations of politician personal soap opera conduct. And writer ill formed ‘conclusions’ of pseudo ‘fact’.
Skilled politicians aren’t ‘challenged’ by FITS. I bet they read avidly for deception tips.
How bout ‘challenging’ AG Wilson on what he’s doing with the additional budget for the Public Integrity Unit???
Not published by FITS: Competent, fact based investigations (psssst….conjecture is not fact) that could ‘expose’ or challenge a politician. Like specific, actionable acts of malfeasance, misconduct by one or more particular politician; failure to perform due diligence legislative fact finding; reliable foundation to legislative irrationality or other basis for challenging enactments; etc.
Well Skippy looks like you hit a nerve picking on Peppy le Pew Manigault
A few calls and all his SOB( aka South of Broad to those who are from the Holy City and aka Sons of Bitches to those who thank God they are not from the Holy City) friends are commenting on your little old blog
No doubt the Newless Courier and Peppy le Pew will carry on as usual but it is nice to read someone else is pissing on his leg
Is PM the dude sportin’ the Rand Paul do?
That’s not a rug?
Rand’s, the dude on the right, or the dude in the middle?
Pretty sure Rand’s is real. The guy in the middle and the guy on the right, though, maybe not.
How the P&C pisses of FITS, posted on the P&C site Friday, 28 MAR at 4:50 pm; copies, pasted, and reprinted without permission, infra:
” ‘When I’m wrong I admit it – and make it right. That’s what Thomas Ravenel does,’ he said in a statement in July. ‘I had a beer at the club and a glass of wine prior to that at dinner. I was not drunk, and I look forward to making my case in court.’
Before accepting a guilty plea, Ravenel was required to admit to prosecutors that he’d been drinking and was intoxicated at the time he was arrested, the East Hampton Star reported.
Ravenel said he took a breath sobriety test at the stop that he later learned put his blood alcohol content at .09. The legal BAC threshold in New York state is .08.”
So, then, Ravenel was either lying in his original statement regarding the amount of alcohol he had consumed, or he lied under oath in court to enter his guilty plea. It can’t be neither; not even the biggest tin-foil hats in the defense bar will claim that a single beer followed an hour or two later by a single glass of wine will put a “full-growed” man anywhere near an 0.09% BAC.
If I was the judge I would have found him guilty anyway just for referring to himself in third person.
Admittedly, the P&C is for the most part a rag, but the P&C publishes the DUI guilty plea piece, and this piece on the P&C publisher appears here about 24 hours later. Could be coincidence, but I stopped believing in coincidence as a political concept decades ago…
Strangely enough, no update regarding any of this in the Ravenel channel of FITS News…
Adapted with permission (from myself) from an earlier earlier comment by…myself…
Buz Martin has noticed that past abuse of “The Lady” and recovery from same tends to make people refer to themselves in the third person.
*strokes chin, thoughtfully*
If I was the judge I would have found him guilty anyway just for referring to himself in third person.
Esto no se aplica a usted, mi amigo! Ravenel does it with a
grandiosity and lack of humility that you do not display…
Damn…every time someone comments on the Ravenel DUI thing, the story gets bounced from the “Top Four” banner the same day. I’m starting to see conspiracies like GT and that SPAWAR dude!
I’ll just keep posting it any time I can find some weak-ass nexus to Ravenel in a story, just like Will does when he’s pumping his boy. Wait a minute, that didn’t sound right…
Its a big circle of white collar coke users. Many are lawyers and business men ,,, Ask Tommy Ravenel. He was throwing parties with some of them in attendance. Me thinks Gedney Howe is part of the clique.
It was ever thus. It remains thus. Bongs for the masses, bumps for the Massas.
Woulda put the crack rock and Dom Pérignon in there somewhere, but didn’t wanna overload it. I say FUCK Ravenel and Pierre and the goddamned gilded carriage they rode in on. These people always get away with either NO penalty or light jail time for shit I’ve known even white dudes to spend a couple of decades in jail for. So anybody pimping for either of them makes me want to puke.
Piss on this Broad St., all of you!
Just Kidding, Enjoy the Read.
Well of course this whole mess with PM was President Obama’s fault……..He’s also to blame for Kelly and Dickie being batshit crazy. Maybe President Hillary Clinton will bring some order to SC.
Kelly is from New Jersey. That’s half of her crazy right there. Dickie is home-grown SC crazy. Put the two together and you get hyper-crazy on steriods. Obviously.
All the old liberal giants just keep falling. The State newspaper looks like a skeleton and the P&C could make Obama blush with its criminal behavior…
Filth and graft in the media, that rivals their politicians…That’s saying something.
The wages of sin is death and liars and frauds eventually collapse on themselves (see Obama)….You can fool the American people for a while…but not forever…
Mr Folks …..your a website LATE and a bitcoin short..!!
Dare to tell your readers where to invest their Post and Courier SQUARE development 401K…??/??
He probably needs to be in a hospital for drug addiction.
Not in a SC prison running up a tab for the State’s taxpayers to pay.
Just because he’s a sick drug addict, doesn’t make him a major criminal deserving of free room and board gratis of Tax Payers.
Common Sense justice is needed across the board in SC.