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The Less Popular Bloggers Are Whining … Again November 30, 2007

Posted by fitsnews in The Press.

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FITSNews – November 30, 2007 – We make no apologies for our irreverent approach to politics and pop culture here at FITSNews. We call it like we see it and try to have fun, and sometimes that approach rubs people the wrong way. Like this chick, who apparently can’t decide if she wants to shoot Sic Willie or have his babies:

I think FITSNews would admit that being loud and inflammatory is a blog-writing strategy over there. The irreverent, look-at-me approach gets him plenty of hits, I’m assuming. Throw up as much stuff as you can, put flashing neon lights around it, and see later if anything is accurate or has merit. It’s the wild west approach to blogging.

Sometimes what FITSNews publishes turns out to be right. I did give FITSNews full credit for the bar exam story on November 7. It took the State Newspaper two more days to even pick up the story, and I’m quite confident it never would have done so if FITSNews hadn’t exposed what happened.

She goes on to say, “how seriously can people take you when you’re sprinkling in all those provocative pictures of women to increase search engine hits and have a jokey tone about everything?” Aside from the glorious absence of subject-verb agreement in that sentence, let’s address this woman’s complaints head-on …

First of all, a sizeable percentage of the news we break gets picked up, like in this week’s Charleston City Paper (or last week’s Times of London), for example. We have no control over stuff like that, but we stand by our stories and we believe the atypically high rate at which our little website receive local, statewide, national and even international exposure speaks for itself.

Besides, if Time Magazine, Campaigns & Elections, New York Daily News, The Politico, Harpers Magazine and others like them think we’re credible, we could honestly give a rat’s rear end what a bunch of ass-backward local politicians and jealous South Carolina bloggers think.

Arrogant? Maybe just a little, but we’ve been told that’s part of our charm.

Second, our use of anonymous sources is a tried-and-true method of getting at what Don Henley called “the heart of the matter,” or what both Marvin Gaye and the 4 Non Blondes eloquently termed “what’s going on.” Those sources also the only reason South Carolina’s bar exam scandal ever broke in the first place, or for that matter the competitive grants scandal, or the Beattygate scandal, or any of the dozens of other stories we’ve written about that ended up exploding on the statewide political scene.

We also know of several stories we’ve broken that the mainstream media has verified but for whatever reason decided to sit on, which is fine with us considering our online traffic is starting to approach theirs, and it’s only going to keep rising, baby.

Again … just part of our charm.

Thirdly, what’s so wrong about having a little fun while attempting to educate, inform and persuade people? We know the mainstream press has a big ole stick up its butt with respect to the blogosphere, but people are sick of and tired of the canned corporate crap these people put out, and websites like this one represent the antidote to “news as usual.” Plus, we happen to enjoy celebrity gossip, sports, music and all the other non-political stuff we write about, so don’t hate us because we’ve got a sphere of interest that extends beyond the mind-numbingly lame blatherings of a bunch of windbags in cheap suits. Or in South Carolina’s case, nice overalls.

Simply put, if the fact that we love Lindsay Lohan or weep openly over a certain pro football team (and fantasy baseball team) end up getting us more visitors, whatever. We’ll take ’em. But just because you live and die by the presidential debate calendar and doesn’t mean we have to. There’s a whole world out there that’s got nothing to do with being sanctimonious, hypocritical and boring.

Finally, if you think we got something wrong or just hate our guts on principle, there’s a comment board. Say it. Tell us how you feel. Or shoot Sic Willie an e-mail over at his imaginary consulting firm … (w@viewpolitik.com).

Lord knows he’s got plenty of free time on his hands …



1. Natasha - November 30, 2007

Rock on hard charger!

2. Mr. Business - November 30, 2007

Can I be Deep Throat?

3. Willie Smalls - November 30, 2007

Is this an east coast-west coast beef? Pretty funny stuff. I think you got her on this one though. Don’t beat her up to bad.

4. Therapy - November 30, 2007

sic(k) willie, you are such a fraud. Those of us who know you recognize your foolishness for what it is: Male Lesbianism.

You were born a male lesbain, and you can’t help yourself.

Seek treatment, boy. Get some therapy.

Try aroma therapy or some good old fashioned acupuncture.

Maybe a Chinese needle up your arse is exactly what you need. We know a few who would be happy to help you with that therapy! 🙂

5. W (just W) - November 30, 2007

“I am out here for you. You don’t know what it’s like to be ME out here for YOU. It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, ok?”

6. Harden Gervais - November 30, 2007

Male lesbian? When did liking hot chicks become a bad thing?

7. Earl Capps - November 30, 2007

Sometimes I’ve gotta wonder if it’s too much tail, but on the other hand, it can’t be any more abnormal than all my 80s headbanger crap on my blog.

The two biggest problems with MSM types is 1) they are too uptight, and 2) they diss us as not credible while they steal all their good stuff from us.

At least when Cheech stole good stuff, he’d admit it was someone else’s good stuff. Except when it turned the cop into a lizard.

8. A lawyer - December 1, 2007

You succeed in bringing attention to yourself, but not much more than that. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Even when you get the story right, you don’t have that. That seems to be what notverybright was too polite to say.

9. Joe Public - December 1, 2007

FITS gals? Shouldn’t the subtitle of your post be “mizzundastood?” I mean, I’m just saying. Don’t know if you like Pink, but she seems like your kind of butt-kicking girl.

10. Parasite - December 1, 2007

#8 = notverybright

I busted her making phantom comments under that name on another blogroll. really sad…

11. G.L. - December 1, 2007

Number 8,

These idiots who are ruining our state don’t deserve respect, they deserve to be called out, and I hope he keeps doing it.

12. Proposed Amendment to Blogger Code of Ethics (if there is such a thing) - December 2, 2007

We hold these truths to be self-evident that anonymity is an important attribute of blogging which allows for the free flow of information and ideas. Furthermore, assuming multiple identities within one blog session is an acceptable and useful technique for injecting differing points of view, illustrating a counter argument to one’s own position, or creating a humorous dialog between fictitious characters. However, a blogger shall not assume multiple identities within one blog session for the sole purpose of bolstering one’s own position in an argument or creating the illusion of support for a proposition earlier stated by that blogger.

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