Friday, February 11, 2011

Haley/WACH Fox 57 update: Wesley Donehue defends Haley, displays misunderstanding of role of media

Is it hot in here or am I just angry?

Posted by Chris Haire on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 5:55 AM

Surprisingly, the Nikki Haley-WACH Fox 57 story appears to have some legs.

Not only has a Charlotte Fox affiliate picked up on the report — you know how our neighbors to the north like point their fingers at us and laugh — but the Process Story's Wesley Donehue, a SCGOP staffer, has felt compelled to weigh in on the matter.

In a recent video rant, Donehue, one of the noteworthy players in the whole Nikki Haley-Will Folks scandal, attempts to argue that the press is upset with Haley because she has cut them out of the loop. Instead of talking to the press, Haley is talking directly to the people.

And as a result, Donehue says, the traditional press — newspapers and TV — has a vendetta against Haley because she has eliminated its role as an informational middleman.

Now, I'm not going to argue that far too many in the press — in particular the state's Columbia press corps — believe their duty is to communicate what the governor and her compadres in the legislature want communicated to the masses.

However, Donehue fails to understand that while Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of new media have given Haley and others a direct line to the people to spread her views, the governor apparently only believes in one-way communication. And Donehue, apparently, doesn't have a problem with that.

Here's the thing: Donehue thinks it's perfectly fine for Haley to tweet her feelings about WACH Fox 57 at 12:33 am the night of the Super Bowl, proclaiming that the news organization is tabloid news, but he doesn't believe that Haley has to answer questions from the press about her childish comments — and believe you me, I know all too well about childish comments. They are my stock and trade.

Of course, I would expect as much from Donehue. After all, Donehue played a major role in prompting Will Folks to go public with claims that he had an inappropriate physical relationship with Haley. In fact, Donehue has admitted that, at the time, he believed the allegations to be true — back when there was absolutely no evidence that any such relationship took place. Now — after the text messages, phone records, and Haley's refusal to release her legislative emails during that time — he does not.

And now, he continues to stand by his gal.

Way to sell your soul, Wesley.

Is it hot in here or am I just angry?

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