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More Trouble For The State Newspaper

BUT SHOULD WE CELEBRATE? || By FITSNEWS || The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper is staring down additional reductions in force, according to a story published by Corey Hutchins of the Columbia Journalism Review. Hutchins’ story noted that “a number of entries disappeared from the paper’s online listing of newsroom staff between…

BUT SHOULD WE CELEBRATE?

|| By FITSNEWS || The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper is staring down additional reductions in force, according to a story published by Corey Hutchins of the Columbia Journalism Review.

Hutchins’ story noted that “a number of entries disappeared from the paper’s online listing of newsroom staff between Thursday and Friday” of last week – including features reporter Joey Holleman, education and religion reporter Carolyn Click, associate editor and editorial board member Warren Bolton, photojournalist Kim Kim Foster-Tobin, sports columnist Ron Morris, and sports writer Neil White.

“It’s tough to see some of the good journalists go,” the paper’s publisher told Hutchins. “I don’t know if we’ll ever have a better pool of folks.”

McClatchy – The State‘s parent company – posted a net operating loss of $11.3 million in the first quarter of 2015, although that was down from a net operating loss of $16.1 million during the first quarter of 2014.  The company blamed those losses on “the continued decline in print retail and national advertising, particularly among large advertisers.”  Which is obviously part of the proliferation of media … but also the ongoing sluggishness of the economy.

Ordinarily, we’d be inclined to engage in a bit of schadenfreude as it relates to The State – a left-leaning outlet which has engaged in agenda-driven reporting in the past.

But should we celebrate its losses?  No.  Not really.

What’s happening at The State is sad.  Even if the paper leans to the left (which it most assuredly does), it remains an important part of the marketplace of ideas in the Palmetto State – especially with websites like this one holding its reporters accountable.  And even though the paper has been consistently biased in a manner which does not serve the best interests of South Carolinians – it’s hard to argue how fewer watchdogs is a good thing under any circumstances.

And as shameless as The State has been, it’s biases pale in comparison to what we’re currently witnessing at another regional media conglomerate.

So while it may be tempting …  there will be no rejoicing in the misfortune of others as it relates to these latest journalistic job losses (or positions being shed at other papers across the country).

South Carolina – and America – need a vibrant Fourth Estate now more than ever.

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135 comments

vicupstate May 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Even if the paper leans to the left (which it most assuredly does),

The State has not endorsed a Democrat for President since Harry Truman in 1948.

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Rocky May 11, 2015 at 12:04 pm

And it seems to love Haley.

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GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Endorsements are meaningless…from such an irrelevant entity as The State…

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Bert May 11, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Why I quite subscribing to The State:
Sports reporting takes precedence over everything else; it is no confined to the sports section (see front page).
They never dig into any story. We don’t get the real story with all of the plotting and conniving by politicians etc. Generally, whatever is, is right.
Try to drink coffee and read a half sheet of paper on the front page. Then you get to the part where the print is written horizontally across two pages. You have to move to a wider table or break your neck trying to read the trash.
Generally, the news consists of writing up police reports; therefore, they don’t need reporters – just writers.

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GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Like all liberals…Reality, especially in SC, is offensive, to The State…

So they print their liberal fantasies…and no one wants to hear that…

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You Know My Name May 11, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Like!!!!

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Latent homosexuality May 11, 2015 at 12:34 pm

You seem like a nice guy.How is the ACTION in the upstate? i see they are closing the strip clubs. Any San Francisco style brothels?

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Latent homosexuality May 11, 2015 at 12:37 pm

I see you’ve no choice but to imitate me now.

I’m firmly squatting in your head now. I win.

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Pogo Loses Every Day May 11, 2015 at 12:43 pm

That is all Pogo knows to do when he gets his ass handed to him. LMAO!!!

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sYNTwist May 11, 2015 at 12:55 pm

I love you.Do you drink Boone’s Farm? Can you order it online and have it delivered in South Carolina? Order us a case and when Baltimore goes up in flames again we can partake while I play Dr.Phil on Fits.

Mike at the Beach May 11, 2015 at 12:09 pm

You’re right- no rejoicing, but no wailing and gnashing of teeth, either. Dead-tree news outlets are simply changing with the market and society. Times change- we don’t get much news from handbills these days either.

Now on to more important matters. I will gladly let the girl in the photo read the State to me any time.

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shifty henry May 11, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Ya’ beat me to it, Mike…. I’d love to get in trouble with her!

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Mike at the Beach May 11, 2015 at 3:16 pm

Some things simply *must* be said…

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GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Another BLOW to FITS: MoRon (a FITS hero) has been CUT….that is WAY overdue…

The Wage of Sin is Death…And the result of Liberalism (especially among Conservatives) …is failure….

The Internet has allowed publishers to make excuses for nosediving rejection of their liberal newspaper product.

But The State sells a digital product, which should result in a loss of staff at the press plant, but not in journalists…

Fact is: The State is so repulsive to a majority of the people in SC, because of its EXTREME leftwing slant…people have said NO…with their pocketbooks…

The State is HATED. And that should happen when you import elitist liberals – who HATE us – to preach to us…

News will NEVER die…but people will eventually recognize when they are being attacked – and being told they must pay their attackers…

The State crumbling is a GREAT sign for the people of South Carolina…it shows there is a consequence for bad behavior..and ignorance….

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fc May 11, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Excellent synopsis of the media.

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Latent homosexuality May 11, 2015 at 12:28 pm

“Another BLOW”

I knew you’d be too excited to let that one pass.

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Crocodile tears for me May 11, 2015 at 12:18 pm

“South Carolina – and America – need a vibrant Fourth Estate now more than ever.”

…and The State betrayed that principle…it isn’t just that the cost structure/business model for successful reporting has changed, it’s that The State has made itself increasingly irrelevant via their mindless statist cheerleading(most, but not all of the time).

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You Know My Name May 11, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Like!!!!

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Bill Brasky May 12, 2015 at 9:52 am

No kidding. We canceled our subscription to The State back in 2008 when their delivery drivers couldn’t get anything right and the paper was a lengthy 5 pages long…3 of which was filled with ads/gamecock football info. Then, we used their (then-free) website, which now of course you need a subscription to read more than (x) number of articles and if you even click on any part of the website, BOOM, you get pop-up ads out the ass. I hate to say it, but I get more local and state news from Facebook, local tv station aps on my phone, and even Fits, than I ever got from The State, but with none of the hassle or cost.

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fc May 11, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Great article in USA Today about how media is making a big mistake trying to shape news with false polling aka large conservative victories in GB and Israel…saying same thing happened in 2014 mid terms and happening in 2016 lead up…

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GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Even the liberals are beginning to realize how repulsive FORCING the religion of Liberalism is…

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Latent homosexuality May 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Sweet Jesus, you literally responded to him less than 10 seconds after his post.

Are you two living together?

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GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Anything to avoid talking about another case of you getting the living S#!t slapped out of your liberal @$$…LMAO…

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Latent homosexuality May 11, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Is that what you two do when you meet up on Florence, slap each other’s asses?

The Deletion Dummies May 11, 2015 at 12:24 pm

No Boz???…or is it SYNTwist(ed) mind…????LMAO!!!
Sonny and Cher? Hell no…Psycho and Wino!!! :)

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shifty henry May 11, 2015 at 12:27 pm

— adjoining stalls

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fc May 11, 2015 at 12:28 pm

You are just pissed that SYNTwist jilted ya for pee we herman…:)

shifty henry May 11, 2015 at 12:39 pm

There may some truth to that….

fc May 11, 2015 at 12:47 pm

lol…+10

shifty henry May 11, 2015 at 12:49 pm

I may need to start a list. Let’s see now, jilted by (1) SynTwist, (2) SubZeroIQ, (3) the girl from Laurens County, (4)…??

Just like cold calling May 11, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Who cares, it’s a numbers game. When you hear “no” enough it’s just a matter of time before you hear “yes”.

Rocky May 11, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Like ++

SC Gay Marriage Is Legal May 11, 2015 at 12:42 pm

There’s nothing wrong with that now, you know.

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shifty henry May 11, 2015 at 12:21 pm

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

(1) Kim Kim Foster-Tobin: A darling who would prefer to stay in the midlands (Will, are you listening?)

(2) GrandTango – You do know where ‘The State’ is located, don’tcha? Free parking and if you behave yourself after six months you may get a desk by a window.

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GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 12:28 pm

I’ve applied at The State at least 3 times. But I have non-liberal (non-pop-culture-jockey) written all over me…

Despite being HIGHLY qualified, w/ more heavy-lifting experience than any of their staff…and an ability to write any of them under the table…I ain’t no Gentleman Barack…

Non-liberals, no matter how talented, insightful, knowledgeable and qualified you are…need not apply to The State or any leftwing entity…

That’s why I say we MUST eradicate liberals from ALL government agencies…they play HARD BALL. Liberals HATE w/ NAZI-like zeal…

Liberalism is a RELIGION…and infidels – as they see us – are treated w/ extreme HARSHNESS and contempt…

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Latent homosexuality May 11, 2015 at 12:29 pm

“I’ve applied at The State at least 3 times. But I have non-liberal (non-pop-culture-jockey) written all over me…”

Yes, I’m sure their failure to hire you had nothing to do with your writing/grammar skills.

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GrandTango's Resume May 11, 2015 at 12:40 pm

He probably referenced his blog. That would’ve been great, if they wanted to find a way to kill The State as fast as humanly possible.

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GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 1:01 pm

The State lost $11 million last year…and is falling apart before our eyes…because they have Dumb@$$#$ – like you – making their hiring decisions…

That should tell you ALL you need to know…but you’re too F*#king stupid to get it…

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Ah dipshit, you keep repeating that The State lost $11 million last year… it wasn’t last year it was the first quarter of this year.

I think I know why The State wouldn’t hire you as an Editor.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 4:16 pm

What’s sad…they’d hire you in a F*#king minute, if they were not going bankrupt…

And the Catch 22…the fact that they’ d hire a F*#king idiot like you…and not me…is the reason those stupid Some Beeches are going belly-up…LMAO…

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Unlike you, I don’t work for failing companies or wish one would take my application.

shifty henry May 11, 2015 at 12:45 pm

With GT one should never use “writing” & “grammar” & “skills” in the same sentence..

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shifty henry May 11, 2015 at 1:01 pm

The word through the grapevine is that on GT’s third (and final) interview it went something like this —
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Editor: Mr. GT, exactly what position are you interested in and state your qualifications for me, please.

GT: I’m the premier and the most popular and the most revered commentator on Fitsnews, Sir, and what I want is your job!

Editor: WoW! Mr. GT, I am truly impressed with your enthusiasm. You are hired, but after you have “MY ASSISTANT” tattooed around your butthole!

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GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 1:03 pm

The State lost more than $11 million last year…and is falling apart before our eyes…

And they think EXACTLY like you…and all the other liberals…

I’m just glad the free market is working as it supposed to work…and you’re getting what you deserve…

Free market FTW! May 11, 2015 at 1:06 pm

“I’m just glad the free market is working as it supposed to work.”

Just like your blog.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 1:10 pm

My blog is just as up as it ever was…I have not lost ONE CENT on it…much less $11 million…

Not a fiance major are you, Dumb@$$??…LMAO…

Free market FTW! May 11, 2015 at 1:19 pm

“I have not lost ONE CENT on it…much less $11 million.”

So why is your last post 5 months ago? If you didn’t lose money, why aren’t you posting?

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Ever thought the purpose of that blog was to help get Democrats beaten???…The blog slowed, then stopped a month or so after the election…

Clue: Organic support is at a PREMIUM because partisanship and manipulation is rampant…That site attracted a million readers in 5 months…There were a thousand a day (quality) South Carolina readers…look at the FB page for the site…

But you’re so F*#king filled w/ hate and ignorance…like your brethren, your mind is closed to anything logical or realistic…I can’t help that…

But I – along w/ the benefactors – considered that blog a rousing success…it will go live again…and you’ll S#!t your pants, again…when that happens…LMAO…

Free market FTW! May 11, 2015 at 1:37 pm

“But you’re so F*#king filled w/ hate”

I know you are, but what am I?

“Bit I – along w/ the benefactors – considered that blog a rousing success”

So much so that you haven’t posted on it for 5 months?

“Ever thought the purpose of that blog was to help get Democrats beaten?”

When then, you started a blog to “beat Democrats” in a state that hardly ever elects them.

That’s brilliant!

I’m not going to address you “million readers in 5 months” comment…it’s too funny for words.

Free market FTW! May 11, 2015 at 1:37 pm

*your

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Like I said: Liberals have a difficult time w/ honesty and reality…

If your myths get rocked…you S#!t all over yourselves…

PS: using your political acumen no Republican would ever spend a dime to get elected…

Lost and Ignorant F*#k much? …LMAO…

Free market FTW! May 11, 2015 at 2:10 pm

“using your political acumen no Republican would ever spend a dime to get elected.”

So you did lose money? Which is it?

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm

I did not lose a dime Dumb@$$.

And I”ll leave it at this…if that site was launched for no other reason but to irritate..and terrify..weak-minded idiots- like you..it is a tremendous success. ..

I’ve never seen you ignorant F*#ks so pre-occupied with fear …as you are that blog…that you claim is so failed…LMAO…..

Free market FTW! May 11, 2015 at 2:44 pm

“I did not lose a dime Dumb@$$”

Then why did you say “no Republican would ever spend a dime to get elected.”?

It makes no sense. I shouldn’t be surprised, but still, it makes no sense.

If your blog made money, why would you not continue it? Are the money making options for Tango so awesome that you didn’t need it?

I guess you being independently wealthy would support the day long posting you do here.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 3:09 pm

I have other things that make more money, Dumb@$$…

Also: A political Website takes time to grow (ask FITS how many years it took him)…I had to weigh the time cost to see if I was willing to invest it right now. I found out what I needed in the time I posted…

Not to mention: to produce work at that level of quality, it’s not easy…and it takes time…

Aside from that” I still don’t get your question about not losing a dime. I think you’re too F*#king stupid, or he!!-bent to get what I’m saying…and I really don’t give a F*#k if you understand..

I’ve already spent too much time explaining something to you…that your mind is too closed to ever comprehend…

One other thing: I marvel at how invested you Hateful F*#king liberals are in my (and others’) failure…it’s like you MUST have other people fail to protect you own egoes because you FAIL at every F*#king thing…

I still don’t understand your level of fear of me, and all other things Conservative. You are Hitler-level sick…

Free market FTW! May 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm

“I have other things that make more money, Dumb@$$…”

Welfare? Medicaid? All of the above?

“I’ve already spent too much time explaining something to you”

Too much time? What pressing engagement do you have? More posts on FITSnews?

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 6:25 pm

More money than what your blog earns? Are you talking about your career collecting aluminum cans?

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 4:10 pm

I’m sure it’s terrifying, but I bet 99.999% of South Carolinians couldn’t find your blog if they tried.

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 4:08 pm

So you single handedly handed the elections to the South Carolina Republicans? How many sponsors did/do you have?

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Regardless…I did something…all you did was sit on your lazy, vapid @$$..suck FITS’ d!*k…and then look like the Ignorant Mother-F*ker you are on election day…LMAO…

Dumb@$$…. (:

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Nearly everyone I voted for won their election, I didn’t need to waste my time writing article after article that nobody read and ultimately did anything to change their mind.

Norbert May 12, 2015 at 4:35 am

I come to this site and masturbate to the dirty words you type. They make my dick hard because I think about the words you were trying to keep hidden as you typed them. It’s like a woman wearing a revealing dress or bathing suit trying to express her nipples or camel toe but keeping them hidden just out of sight. I don’t need viagra when you are here.

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 4:06 pm

I’m surprised to hear that it’s still up, but then most domain leases are multi-year leases and most web hosting sites are set up on annual subscriptions.

I’m not interested in how much you haven’t lost, I’m interested in hearing how much you’ve earned. I’m guessing it’s not “ONE CENT”.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 4:18 pm

I may fore that MoFo back up…just to torment your ignorant @$$…

I have NEVEr occupied the mind of another human being like I skull F*#k your stupid @$$ every day…

You are CONSUMED with me….all the while your mythology, and your liberal dreams are CRASHING and burning…

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Go ahead “fore that MoFo back up”… it’s not like I or anyone else will ever see it.

fc May 11, 2015 at 1:07 pm

It takes an army on here to try and defeat the brilliance you display in exposing liberalism,its lies and the perversion it seeks to project on the American people.

Drives em crazy.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 1:09 pm

They don’t respond very well, or very honorably, to honesty. And that’s a testament to their level of character.

Rocky May 11, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Oh please. You’re going to make me sick.

RHood2 May 11, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Wow, McClatchy as a whole lost $11.3 million, and you are saying $11 million of that was The State alone? Seems to me the rest of the company could absorb a $300,000 loss if they cut The State loose.
Or, maybe your comprehension of the facts Wil culled from the Hutchins’ piece was not complete?
And you wonder why you didn’t make the cut?

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Who GIVES a F*#k how much it is (other than a vapid F*#k like you???) That’s not material…It’s bleeding red ink…And that’s what should have you S#!tting bricks…Dumb@$$…

Because if yall lose the media…you’ll be TOTALLY over-run…and when you advocate the murdering of police…you’ll be called to account for the Worthless low life you are…If no one runs interference for your Bull-$#!t…you’re in Deep S#!t…

That help clear it up for you? LMAO…

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Anyone else find it funny that GT has applied to The State and just stupified that he didn’t get the job?

I seriously doubt GT has a job, first of all I don’t see anyone hiring him, and secondly I don’t see him having the ability to stay at a job once hired. If he’s half as annoying in person, he’s an employer’s nightmare employee.

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shifty henry May 11, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Gee, GT, that’s the most intelligent post you’ve ever made!
(boink-boink) — that’s my ‘Stamp of Approval’

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GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Shifty…it’s 100% true.

There is a SEVERE prejudice against non-activist liberals in my field. I personally know what discrimination feels like. It’s why I know the liberals are LYING about all the Bull-S#!t they claim is rampant, in their excuses for their failure…

By the same token: Conservatives do not look after the truth, or their own. They let the left pervert their people…..Conservatives will not protect right, even half as much as liberals perpetuate their lies…

That’s why our nation, and our state in many cases – is swirling down the toilet…we better wake up, and get organized…and active…otherwise picking up arms will be the only defense left…

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shifty henry May 11, 2015 at 1:04 pm

true, again…

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 4:19 pm

You should file discrimination suits against The State.

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Then you should conform, change careers, or accept to live your life barely above the poverty line.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 6:30 pm

You should should mind your own F*#king Business, Dumb@$$…LMAO…

Why is liberals can tell everyone else what to do…yet EVERYTHING you touch failes…

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 9:12 pm

My business is running smoothly, just thought I’d help you straighten out that fucked up one of yours. If you want to shovel shit for the rest of your life, that’s fine too.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 9:21 pm

If you are not destitute- and I don’t think you are- it shows that even the character-deficient and the not-so-smart can make it in this country…

Bottom line: You liberals need to be THANKFUL that you’re not starving…and STFU blaming everybody else because you’re guilty…

Chief Janitorial Officer May 11, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Sorry, sir, but spewing shit day in and day out actually is not a quality we were wanting for this janitorial position.

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Rocky May 11, 2015 at 2:16 pm

In all fairness, you were, (God I can’t believe I am about to say this) – overqualified. The print news industry has been suffering a contraction for decades now. When you look at a typical daily (and I don’t care – State, Courier, any daily in any market) – Section A (Page 2 – xxx) is essentially cut and paste off the AP wire. If you have enough white space it might be OK, but more often than not with sucky ad revenues, A is 75% ads, 25% content. Add in a few trailers from A-1 on something local, and some pictures, and it has few inches for anything. Section B, the local section, is down to about enough space to support maybe five or six full-time staff, and then 10 or 12 stringers in the burbs. Sports is down to about 4 full time, and 8 strings for HS coverage, and the LIfestyle section is all cut and paste. So you’re talking about an editorial group that is about 15 full time, and the rest are PT stringers. There are maybe three or four “investigative” types who get their teeth into a good story, and they’re typcially late 20s to mid-30s starting their careers, and once they get it, they’re gone to a larger market. So Tango, honestly, if you have over 15 years experience, you’re overqualified.

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GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Thanks for not immediately stooping Rocky.

But take my word for it. I have a couple things on my Resume that signal that I’m NOT a liberal…and entities like The State reject me, and my resume so fast….it has skid marks on it…The State is GESTAPO liberal…

They really would reach out to hire a member of ISIS, in the interest of diversity, before they’d hire me…(because ISIS hates ‘W’ as much as they hate him….There is NO room for any other viewpoint…

I’m the fastest runner, but I’m not allowed to win…and that’s the truth…but liberals are so blinded by their mythology…and ideology..they will never see themselves for what they really are…

“That’s just the way it is”…Bruce Hornsby.

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Rocky May 11, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Nah, I think it’s the overqualified. Unless of course you like eating beans and rice on a reporters salary. I was reporter for three years after college. I remember thinking how the TV guys were rick and had it made. One day I was covering a story with TV guy, he didn’t make the much more than I did – and I was poor. Remember the Courier once said I didn’t have enough experience. When I finally did, I was in Grad school and had no intention of re-entering the 4th estate.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Rocky: You would be lauded as a king at The State. You are their kinda guy. And the salaries would be good for you, with your love of Obama-love.

And it would be a lot less dangerous than SRS…

Rocky May 11, 2015 at 4:02 pm

I bet the average salary for a report at El Stato is about $34,000. No thanks.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 4:20 pm

For a newbie…The vets were in the 50s…

Rocky May 11, 2015 at 4:36 pm

50S? Oh boy!! Mama, we’re eatin’ dogs and slaw tonight. No thanks.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 4:55 pm

There are a lot of GREEDY people who will do anything, or screw over anyone, for the love of money…

The Clintons come to mind, and Rocky, you seem to be obsessed with materialism, and just getting more…Nothing but money matters to you. No matter good people are starving. You got yours…I know people like you, personally.

I also know that monetary achievement will never be ultimately fulfilling. That’s why I’ll not sell my soul, as you seem to be so eager to do, to very corrupt political pimps…

Aside from that, I did not choose to be a writer..it chose me. I can NOT be what I was called to do…That is why I suffer the intimidation, discrimination and hatred of people who would just as soon eliminate me, and my kind, as Hitler evaporated so many Jewish people…

But remember – for ALL humankind – life is fleeting – and it is what you ARE, in the end, that you should treasure – not your servants, or the fact that you spend $500 on a bottle on a bottle of wine, because you are CERTAIN you are better than the gutter-dweller.

Besides perpetuating hate based in his racist mind, Obama has made his disciples believe they, like him, are entitled….and if he has to take it forcefully from those who earn it…he will…that is how despots operate…

Just remember: our skeletons will look the same…and there will come a time ‘when not another minute will you money buy’….Although I doubt the very Greedy believe this…Do you?

Rocky May 11, 2015 at 5:34 pm

No, it’s not greed – but $50K as a seasoned vet in my field, that’s not really great pay. Just sayin……..oh, and if I ever by a bottle of wine for more than like $12, I will invite you to come over and kick my ass. We put a good chunk away every month into college funds. Not high priced meals and bottles of wine. Heck, I even buy the cheap tequilla.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 5:59 pm

That is SO TEXTBOOK liberal…you brag about your value…and all the money you make…then when the class warfare card is played on YOU…you back-peddle like a one-man wave in an 80,000 seat football stadium…LMAO…

Fact is: you people impugn the poor…never admitting that the Democrat Party is the MOST responsible for poverty in this nation…

You CREATE the problems -with ignorance and hate- based policy – …then you pontificate against all the damage you have done…as if we did it…

And when the media is in synchronized chorus with you….a certain number of Dumb@$$#$ sing the same ignorant song…

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 6:19 pm

I thought Republicans were the rich folk, and the Democrats were the poor folk… now you’re saying those making money are liberal Democrats.

Do you even know what you’re saying or do you just talk?

Rocky May 12, 2015 at 9:56 am

I don’t brag about incomes. I get what the market pays. I have other friends that make far more, others make less. Point is, with a family to support, kids to put through college, and planning for retirement, I’m not going to do jumping jacks at $50K.

GrandTango May 12, 2015 at 10:27 am

What’s sickening…is that you and ignorant F*#ks like you – have forced a president on us who has made any, and all opportunity, fleeting….

So forgive me if I react to you w/ anger for the damage you have done…especially as you brag about any enrichment you’ve found…while other good and decent Americans suffer…

Other than the fracking…very little of the private sector has thrived under Obama…so I bet – if you are doing as well as you claim – you’re fattening yourself from taxpayer money…

Other than your claim to work at SRS…you said you were in some sort of sales…what is it you sell? If you tell me, I can vet your claim…

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 6:17 pm

You’re selling, but nobody is buying. Who the hell goes into a professional career where veterans earn $23-$24/hr.? Hell I’ve started most of the people I’ve hired straight out of school higher than that.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Who the h#!! sits around and worries what the F*#k other people make???…I don’t ask your sorry a$$ for anything, except don’t be a liberal @$$hole…and you’re too F*#king stupid to even pull that off…

You sound like a leftwing NAZI constantly getting into other people’s business..

It’s judgmental B@$t@rds like you..we can all do w/ less of….

You sound like a gnarly old man, Peeping Tom at everybody else…you’re kind if you get too close to me, or my family…I’d slap the $#!t out of you so hard, your teeth would crack…

I cannot stand a pious, @$$-hole busy-body

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Touch me and I’d kick you in the ass so hard your grandkids would be brain damaged.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 9:24 pm

You seem like you’re at least 80, and you smell like corn chips, I bet…LMAO…

I’d likely get a big laugh at you trying to kick anybody…

Squishy123 May 12, 2015 at 9:20 am

Just over half that and shower on a daily basis. Your betting sucks as bad as your life does.

I have too much to lose to kick anyone, if the situation comes to that I have my lawyer handle it… that’s what I pay him to do. And nobody is laughing when that happens.

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 9:11 pm

It worries me so much some nights I can barely sleep, so I get up and open the safe and count money until I get sleepy.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 9:23 pm

You seem like a pretty ignorant F*#k..so I’m glad you’ve got something to make you feel special…

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Oh boy!!! We’re eating off Chinette plates tonight.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 6:26 pm

I imagine you slurp the feces out of “Pootlains @$$hole…LMAO…

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Hey, think whatever you will… your sexual fantasies are no business of mine.

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 4:16 pm

I bet GrandTango’s resume has skidmarks on it, he probably just whips out his underwear during the interview.

I sense your ego has more to do with it than your resume. I can spot fakes and padded resumes a mile away. I interviewed one applicant and we didn’t even make it to the conference room, I was on to him at the handshake and he never saw anything but the lobby.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 5:14 pm

You do not impress me w/ one who has the level of character – or wisdom – needed to make a hiring decision. You seem very small-minded, and petty to me. You hate based on envy. I would not be inclined to put much stock in an applicant you recommended.

But there are a lot of F#*kd up companies out there, I guess.

Squishy123 May 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Ha, Shifty said you were funny… unfortunately this is one of the few times I’ve laughed at anything you’ve written.

If that’s what people here think of me, what do they think of you? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say anything positive about you and most think you’re a loudmouth bitch.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 6:29 pm

I think you’re an addled idiot…obsessed w/ envy and obsessed w/ me…

Squishy123 May 12, 2015 at 9:21 am

You love the attention you’re getting, probably because you didn’t get any growing up.

GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Anybody else think FITS has enough intelligence to take note…or does it not matter that FITS is an echo chamber of The State???…because Sanford, Paul, ‘Pootlian and Sanford prop up FITS…

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shifty henry May 11, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Where are TBG and the other guys who cry for cleavage? There’s a tease for you in the photo…

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Rocky May 11, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Yeah, that hair, those glasses, the shirt – man oh man – now that’s some news thats fit to print. Need more Taylor.

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shifty henry May 11, 2015 at 3:12 pm

+10

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Rocky May 11, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Let’s start a campaign – Need more Taylor. Need more Taylor. Maybe Bikini Day at Edisto. A tour of the lighthouse on Hunting Island. More beach photos with Taylor. A Fine Dining Guide for a Night on the Town – Charleston. Just need more Taylor. She’s Maurice-olicious (sorry Taylor).

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Centrist View May 11, 2015 at 1:01 pm

News publishing has increasingly become an exercise in news organizations swatting spit. They swap, copy, paste, and print each others’ stories and lessen the need to employ their own corp of reporters to staff their news rooms.

For example, on the the question of why Volvo chose SC over GA, The State took reprinted a story from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and just change the title. The two stories even have the same spelling error in paragraph 4. (As of the time I copied and pasted the text.)

Georgia wonders ‘why?’ after Volvo snub
Posted: 5:46 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015
By Greg Bluestein and J. Scott Trubey – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
http://www.myajc.com/news/business/georgia-asking-why-after-volvo-snub/nmCs8/#5451e6a4.3176890.735729

“Known only as “Project Peach” on Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s calendar, it was one of the most important economic development projects in state history.

Georgia’s attempt to lure Volvo’s first U.S. auto plant involved secret recruiting trips, legislation to clear the way for the deal, a united political front and likely the largest economic development package the state has ever offered.

Even after all that, though, the automaker informed state leaders Friday it would not build in Georgia, leaving officials on a soul-searching quest to determine what — if anything — the state could have done to secure the plant and the 4,000 jobs they hoped it would bring to the Savannah area.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported Friday evening Volvo’s decison not to locate in Georgia, citing two people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly.”

How did Georgia lose the race to win Volvo?
By GREG BLUESTEIN and J. SCOTT TRUBEYAtlanta Journal-Constitution
http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article20632770.html

“Known only as “Project Peach” on Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s calendar, it was one of the most important economic development projects in state history.

Georgia’s attempt to lure Volvo’s first U.S. auto plant involved secret recruiting trips, legislation to clear the way for the deal, a united political front and likely the largest economic development package the state has ever offered.

Even after all that, though, the automaker informed state leaders Friday it would not build in Georgia, leaving officials on a soul-searching quest to determine what — if anything — the state could have done to secure the plant and the 4,000 jobs they hoped it would bring to the Savannah area.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported Friday evening Volvo’s decison not to locate in Georgia, citing two people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly.”

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shifty henry May 11, 2015 at 1:09 pm

“Volvo now appears to favor a South Carolina site that was believed to be the other finalist”
What — Nathan and Nikki are no longer speaking to each other — in the wee hours of the night?

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Jerry May 11, 2015 at 1:24 pm

This paper lost all its credibility when it was purchased by Nikki Haleys friend.

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Elfego May 11, 2015 at 1:55 pm

McClatchy and the rest of the so called Mainstream Media should make note of their Liberal Biases and and try a correction. I took the State Paper for years until she started her aggressive leftist swing.

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Pat May 11, 2015 at 1:56 pm

They are still in business? Who knew?

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You Know My Name May 11, 2015 at 2:05 pm

I’ll shed no tears when The State is gone. As far as I’m concerned, it has been dead for a couple of years or more. As others have noted, there has long been a lack of investigative reporting and true”journalism” there. Anyone remember the old days when if you found a word in the newspaper, you could bet that it was spelled correctly? Not any more.

Like WIS and WLTX, The State placed a premium on political correctness more than free expressions of thoughts, ideas, and opinions. As with WIS and WLTX, going go Fecebook posting was the easy way out for them to keep the few comments they get politically correct. No doubt this has reduced the hit count to their site. A lot of us do not want or trust an account on Suckinturd’s cash cow site.

Requiring payment to view this joke of a news site was likely the final nail in its coffin. Those unwanted flyers they throw in your driveway were but one more reason to hate them.

The State is smelling really bad. Someone please bury it.

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easterndumbfuckistan May 11, 2015 at 3:09 pm

The staff at The State, WIS, WLTX, etc wouldn’t have enough sense to die if a asteroid landed in their parking lot and destroyed all of Columbia. They’d have to wait on a press release from some agency head or spokeshole to confirm they were supposed to be dead.

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Dan Ruck May 11, 2015 at 2:18 pm

God damn it! Another honest, straight-forward observer on the state and national scene heading for oblivion!!! And we have shit-fuckers like FITS left over, which DOESN’T EVEN PRETEND TO BE FAIR OR BALANCED!!! Shit! Fuck! We have to rely on turds like FITS, sitting on his ass for the pretend news? Jesus Christ!!! I thought Fox was bad!!!

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Fecal Matters May 11, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Warren Bolton, that guy was the worst. Glad his one dimensional take on things has gone bye bye.

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sparklecity May 11, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Now wait a minute….
FITS has rejoiced in the demise of several newspapers and now that the premier paper (such that it is) in the Great State of South Carolina is having trouble he is worried????
I happen to check out “The State” from time to time (on-line) and find ti to be a good source of information for legislative and state wide news. I buy & read the Spartanburg H/J several times/week (definately the Sunday editions of the Spbg. H/J & Greenville News and find them to be good Sunday papers. There’s no better way to know what is going on in “Sparklecity” than the Sparanburg H/J – you sure won’t find it out on blogs- that’s for sure.
*****And the best regional news paper is the Charlotte Observer for both news in NC & SC – damn fine Sunday paper!!!*******
I personally prefer to graze through the paper at my leasure (especially if it’s Saturday or Sunday afternoon while quaffing a brew & munching on wings at one of the local pubs in Spartanburg (that’s my personal “downtime”). Try doing that with a fucking notebook or “smartphone” – fuck that!!!!
FITS: you can’t have it both ways, you’ve been part of letting the genie out of the bottle and now you want to try to put the genie back in the bottle.
A little too late for that isn’t it?????

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GrandTango May 11, 2015 at 4:14 pm

The State wanted Barack Obama…they violently shilled for him..Well….you ignorant Mother-F*#kers…YOU GOT HIM…..LMAO….

Just like the Millennials…who can’t get a F*#king job because of Obama’s MISERABLE economy….and the black community where the unemployment rate is astronomical…Dumb@$$#$….

Hate to laugh…but justice roosts on the biggest F*#king elitist fools…who have been told they are the BEST and Brightest…it is one hilarious MoFo….

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ravenhaired vixen May 11, 2015 at 5:41 pm

“Leans to the left”… LMAO! What a joke…everything leans to the right in SC!

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are you sure your not a blonde May 12, 2015 at 10:26 am

everything leans to the right in SC? Can you please tell me the last time Charlestown had a Republican mayor? Or how many ever? 1877, and 2 are the answers FYI. Also How long since a republican mayor ran Columbia? (Patton Adams in 1990) For the last 15 years its been a Democrat. Hell the City council is majority democrats. Greenville has 3 of 6 democrats on their city council. So in the state the 3 largest cities are on the left, how is everything leaning right? Do you research crap before you write it, or just make shit up that looks like it makes your point.

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Up THAT Creek May 11, 2015 at 6:18 pm

I’ve wondered why The State has not at least tried, out of desperation if nothing else, a change of tactic to hard-hitting or even expose-type reporting. With a sewer in the Statehouse, cesspools in local elected bodies, and bands of blunderers and bunglers and some burglars in the state and county and city agency offices, there must be an endless list to at least question if not always successfully expose. The repressed cadres of honest competents in all those organizations would likely give a lot of hints if they knew some light would shine. The State does not mind investigating aspects of DHEC’s failures if they come to the surface, but where is the actual digging? And at DHEC it is most likely bungling and mismanagement, in the environmental part at least. At DOT, for counter-example, with so much money passing through it is likely corruption. What’s to lose in a last-gasp try?

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shifty henry May 11, 2015 at 7:51 pm

+++++ — go for it!

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You Know My Name May 12, 2015 at 4:25 am

I agree with you buy for whatever reason, these “major” (includibg WIS and WLTX) news outlets are either terrified of the numerous crooks and associated like scum that you refer to, or they are in their pockets. WIS had a genuine investigative reporting treasure in Jody Barr, but Butch Todd wouldn’t turn him loose and let him do what he was capable of. Personally, I don’t think we would have much loss if all of the local mainstream media folded.

Someone reminded me of the one thing The State might be useful for, yesterday; the obituary column. Of course, being thst they and everyone else have turned that duty over to Legacy, they really don’t deserve credit for that.

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sparklecity May 12, 2015 at 8:59 am

A REALLY big expose on the Dept. of Revenue hacking scandal…………….
THAT’S WHAT!!!!!

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E Norma Scok May 11, 2015 at 10:15 pm

I think you just like typing “the fourth estate”.

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Same ol' Same ol' May 12, 2015 at 7:25 am

The cutie in the pic is thinking, “what are these marks on the paper”.

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35TWW May 12, 2015 at 9:26 am

Oh no!! I won’t be able to function if I don’t get my periodic doses of Ron Morris’s snarky “reporting” or Warren Bolton race-obsessed opinions.
I’m not sure why we still pay for the State. I would drop it in a heartbeat, but I’m overruled by she who must be obeyed.

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bee dubya May 12, 2015 at 12:07 pm

This is a very predicable consequence of dumping their Clemson beat. When you dis 40% or so your readership S happens

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SCSoonerfan May 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Tried to subscribe to the State multiple times since 1999. They just couldnt figure out how to deliver the paper consistently to me. Good Riddance I say.

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