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Indigo Journal and the gutter

June 3, 2009

Indigo Journal and the gutter

By Joe Public

The Indigo Journal, which is one of S.C.’s few overtly liberal blogs (along with Seeding Spartanburg, Barbecue & Politics and others) seems to have plunged into the gutter with both hooves.

Two recent gems were:

– A recent post mocking people that got sick at a Henry Brown event in Horry County. The post (which could no longer be found on Indigo Journal the last time this writer checked) was written by Georgetown County Democratic Chair Jamie Sanderson. To at least one commenter, the post appeared to suggest the Brown campaign somehow deliberately poisoned food at the event. Subsequently, the Department of Health and Environmental Control said the illnesses were most likely caused by a fast-moving virus, not bad food.

(If the post was indeed removed by Indigo Journal, we’d implore the authors to re-post it, because we cannot remember all of the statements made by Sanderson poking fun at those who got ill.)

– A post suggesting Lindsey Graham, Glenn McConnell and Andre Bauer are gay. To be fair, Tim Kelly at Indigo Journal didn’t say the three were gay, but he enthusiastically re-posted a comment by former Congressional candidate Linda Ketner, hoping to promulgate the story further.

I don’t know about Graham and McConnell, but anybody that wants to portray Bauer as being gay probably won’t get too far. And if you have seen the woman that Andre dates, and you’ve seen the women that write for Indigo Journal, you’ll probably understand why these women are angry. (The three comments on that post were even less kind than Kelly, who seemed to merely be wanting to spread a bad rumor.)

Here’s a hint, guys and gals at Indigo Journal: You’re not going to take kindly to such sleaze and innuendos when they are directed at the candidates you prefer, which is likely to happen in next year’s General Election. And Ms. Sanderson, you know that people in Georgetown County already question how you find the time to write so many letters and blog posts criticizing so many people who have the misfortunate of having a different opinion than you.

So, take a deep breath and think about what’s more important – debating the issues, or broadcasting sleaze.

The choice is yours.

Oh, and the Republicans will probably lend you Earl Capps or Adam Fogle, if you ask them nicely.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. weswolfe permalink
    June 3, 2009 6:58 PM

    I know at least one of the girls that writes at IJ, and she’s pretty attractive.

  2. TLM permalink
    June 3, 2009 7:11 PM

    Is this a joke?

    For one thing, “Joe Public,” SC Hotline blasted the Ketner interview out in an email hours before Indigo Journal AND FITSNEWS posted on it. It doesn’t make sense to go on the website that’s done the most to promote the interview and criticize another site.

    Second, “Ms. Jamie Sanderson” is a man. I just looked and his diary is still in the public diary section of IJ along with dozens of other people’s entries. It doesn’t make fun of the people who got sick, but even the ‘liberals’ on the site blasted Sanderson for his diary saying it was in poor taste to make fun of Brown for it. So again your post doesn’t make sense.

    I know both Tim Kelly and Jennifer Read who run IJ. They’re good people and great bloggers who have the courage to write under their own names. Childish anonymous attacks like this won’t help your cause, whoever you are.

  3. June 3, 2009 7:36 PM

    I enjoyed reading this, and I agree.

  4. CIA permalink
    June 3, 2009 10:48 PM

    Yeah I saw the Henry Brown one. It was pretty tacky.

  5. CIA permalink
    June 4, 2009 12:52 AM


    What sentence did you deem an “attack?” I just re-read it, and the whole thing seemed fairly light-hearted to me.

    Speaking of anonymous blog comments, “TLM” everything will be OK. Settle down. Anoymous comments happen all the time on blogs. But are you affiliated with this blog? You seem to know Sanderson, Kelly and Jennifer pretty well.

    Anyway, I think this column made some good points. We could all afford to think more about issues and less on smears.

  6. Mike permalink
    June 4, 2009 5:04 AM

    Dude…when a major Democratic player in SC (Ketner) who is planning to run again for Congress in 2010 does an on-the-record interview with an online journalist and says that Bauer, Graham and McConnell are gay…that is a pretty big story.

  7. Staffer permalink
    June 4, 2009 1:11 PM

    I was a congressional staffer for a Southern (non-S.C.) Republican on CapHill for several years — everyone there knew and accepted that Lindsey Graham is gay. I was shocked when I moved to South Carolina 3 years ago and found out that he is not open about his sexuality here; in fact, I felt a little bad when I mentioned it to a friend and got a shocked reaction. I don’t understand why his sexual orientation would be a smear; it has not hurt his reputation in D.C. among conservatives or liberals. Funny what people care about!

  8. Silence Dogood permalink
    June 5, 2009 11:14 PM

    A post suggesting Lindsey Graham, Glenn McConnell and Andre Bauer are gay. To be fair, Tim Kelly at Indigo Journal didn’t say the three were gay, but he enthusiastically re-posted a comment by former Congressional candidate Linda Ketner, hoping to promulgate the story further.

    I read that on FITS news but did not see it on the Indigo journal, nonetheless, people forgot to note in both places that is was just a rumor Ketner was repeating.

  9. Jeff Todd permalink
    June 25, 2009 7:58 PM

    There is a new movie getting ready to be released this summer called, “Outrage” that outs closeted gay republicans. While generally I don’t approve of “outing” someone in the case of closedted conservative gay republicans who use their office to thwart the advancement of gay equality in this country they should be exposed for their hypocrisy.
    All I can say is be prepared, Andre Bauer, Glenn McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Charlie Crist, Larry Craig, and a host of others.

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