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Love For “The Nerve”

JUST NOT “SEXY” LOVE … In the battle for new media supremacy in the state of South Carolina, this website long ago eviscerated The Nerve – a well-funded “citizen journalism” project of the S.C. Policy Council (a libertarian-leaning think tank based in the state capitol of Columbia). How did we…

JUST NOT “SEXY” LOVE …

In the battle for new media supremacy in the state of South Carolina, this website long ago eviscerated The Nerve – a well-funded “citizen journalism” project of the S.C. Policy Council (a libertarian-leaning think tank based in the state capitol of Columbia).

How did we do it? Duh … by consistently churning out “Mo Better” content (i.e. the same way we’ve staked out a competitive position versus the “old” media).

Anyway, just because we beat The Nerve like it stole something doesn’t mean the website doesn’t still serve a purpose …

In fact its editor Rick Brundrett got a nice write-up in this week’s editions of The Columbia Journalism Review – a publication which has previously profiled our founding editor.

“The Nerve is not the propaganda arm of the Policy Council. We are a news site,” the 51-year-old former mainstream media scribe told local reporter Corey Hutchins, adding that he is “still doing what I consider to be traditional journalism and following traditional journalism practices.”

We agree … we also agree with Hutchins assessment that The Nerve “plays it straight.”

Here’s our question, though: Where’s the fun in that?

One of our media sources agreed Brundrett is a “good reporter.”

“But he could stand to sex it up a bit,” she told us.

Hutchins’ piece accurately noted that The Nerve is “much less widely read than the more tabloid-y FITSNews,” which we loved … although we’re not sure it was intended as a compliment.

Oh well, at least they’re not calling us a “porn site” anymore …

This website has addressed the Fourth Estate at the local, state and national level dozens of times – usually bemoaning its slavish allegiance to big government and the corrupt politicians perpetuating its reckless and unsustainable expansion.

To its credit, The Nerve is not even remotely a part of that establishment – although its impact in driving a pro-liberty, pro-limited government perspective is debatable.

To each their own, though …

We (like Hutchins) have come to appreciate the site’s contributions to the Palmetto State’s marketplace of ideas.

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18 comments

Crooner May 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

Yeah, I really miss the porn, soft as it was.

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Smirks May 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

Now the only thing that’s soft is…

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TontoBubbaGoldstein May 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Now the only thing that’s soft is…

GT’s head?

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Insect May 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Me, too.

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RogueElephant May 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

The Nerve and the Policy council do a great and much needed service to SC by exposing the rats and snakes that infest govt. at all levels. Sunshine cleans up lots of unhealthy organisms .

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a face in the crowd May 16, 2014 at 10:47 am

They do a pretty nice job there, but that is what journalism is supposed to look like. It is unfortunate that people have to rely on the rest of the SC mainstream media for information about public affairs. Those media outlets do a great job of reporting on motorcycle accidents and congestion on interstates. That’s about it.

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well-i-am into it May 16, 2014 at 11:30 am

“Those media outlets….interstates”: Add to this the obsessive news coverage and live tweets on murder-for-hire plots by Natalie Caula Hauff (of P&C). Truly frustrating lack of common sense and social direction in mainstream media these days.

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Mr. Rob Cobb May 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

How come The Never were the ones to file the complaint against Harrell and not Fits? Something ain’t right there, and I like in addition to Fits and The Nerve the site gopwrite.com, not really bad for whoever they are, probably republican three toed sloths.

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nitrat May 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm

There’s real in-depth investigative journalism being practiced by Rick Brundrett.
It’s a real shame that there is not one place in SC where Brundrett, Corey Hutchins,

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GrandTango May 16, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Pravda probably has a place for them, but they’d have to move…

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nitrat May 16, 2014 at 12:13 pm

“a controversial libertarian-leaning think tank that doesn’t disclose its donors. The affiliation has caused Brundrett to lose friends and longtime sources.” – See more at: http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/rick_brundrett_the_nerve_harrell_wilson_south_carolina.php#sthash.NKM69qIX.dpuf
If you pay attention, almost everything across the nation that has ‘policy’ in its name is funded by the Kochs and Cato.

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GrandTango May 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm

OMG…those Evil Kochs. I’m so freightened…I’m so effeminately Scared. I have no idea what they think or who they are…but Harry Reid hates them, and he’s a Genius..

My, my…how Mother -F*#king IGNORANT do you and Cory Hutchins have to be, to be a liberal…???

You have F*#ked up the country…your Government Motors cars have killed 13 people. You have the Obama Administration using the F*#king IRS to attack his political enemies; gas has cost us Billions more, there are no new jobs, people are scared to death of the federal gov’t……and your Ignorant @$$ sits around in mortal F*#king paranoia over the Koch Bros…

You Stupid son of a B*tch…if I was your Daddy, I’d beat the F*#k out of you everyday because you are a reminder of what a failed parent is…

And if we don’t Run you Stupid @$$-Holes over in the next 5 or 6 presidential and federal elections, the Country will just keep swirling down the toilet because of you and Dumb@$$#$ like FITS….

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Dr. Ben Carson May 16, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Feel better?

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GrandTango May 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Much better…

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GrandTango May 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm

The Nerve attacks Republicans w liberal media reporters…its why leftwing Hutchins is sucking them off…same reason FITS is….

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TontoBubbaGoldstein May 16, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Oh well, at least they’re not calling us a “porn site” anymore …

You make that sound like a positive development….

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euwe max May 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm Reply
BIN News May 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The Nerve? More accurately: The Nerd.

A news source? Hardly. Just political tripe.

Staff down. Citizen reporters gone.

Like rats on a sinking ship.

The Nerd(s) will soon run out of seed money.

Unlikely that Howie and the Voucher Clowns will keep funding The Nerd(s).

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