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No Tears For Ben Hoover




Former WIS TV 10 (NBC – Columbia, S.C.) news anchor Ben Hoover is a good guy – as far as we know.  He’s also a halfway decent investigative reporter … you know, as TV “journalists” go.

But no matter our personal affinity (or professional respect) for the guy, you won’t see us joining the local handwringing in response to his employer’s decision not to renew his contract.

Why not?  We’ll explain that in a moment …

Hoover broke the news about his employment status to his Facebook fans just prior to the long holiday weekend …

“Recently, I was informed by station managers that they did not wish to renew my contract,” he wrote.  “Like so many other anchors and reporters in the past, I wish I was in a position to announce the next opportunity for my family and me.  But, to be honest, I didn’t see this one coming.  So, as we like to say on the news, you’ll have to stay tuned.  And, maybe say a little prayer for my family and me.”

Hoover’s last day on the air was July 4, meaning his transition from the station’s lead anchor to “see ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya” was almost instantaneous.  That means he either did something really bad or his bosses pulled a major “dick move.”

The latter certainly wouldn’t surprise us …

Here’s the problem with WIS … like most South Carolina mainstream media outlets, the station is nothing but a rolling commercial for South Carolina’s failed status quo.  In other words its leaders believe every government program is “good,” any cut to government is “bad” and any statement handed down from a pandering politician like Nikki Haley or Lindsey Graham should be taken as gospel.

For the last six years, Hoover has been reflexively regurgitating this establishment pablum from the station’s uber-liberal teleprompter … the same way his replacement will.

Is he a good anchor?  Sure.

Do we feel sorry for him being out of a job?  Of course we do …

But at the end of the day, Hoover spoon-fed his viewers pre-packaged, establishment-approved bullsh*t for a living … so it’s hard to feel too sorry for the guy.