WACH’s recent story about a forthcoming book that contains details of Nikki Haley‘s alleged extramarital sex life set off a war of words this week between the newly elected Governor of South Carolina and the Columbia Fox-affiliate.
Now WACH viewers, armchair pundits, and Facebook fans are weighing in on the tiff, which included Haley’s assertion that WACH peddled “tabloid news.”
What do you think of WACH’s coverage and Haley’s criticism? Leave your comments below…
Here’s a collection of what people are saying so far:
I think the Govenor was restrained in her comments. ‘Sleazy’ is more apt description of WACH’s running of this story.
Perhaps WACH ‘News’ Director Bryan Cox should consider resigning or perhaps WACH’s owners should demand it –to signal viewers that WACH does indeed have some standards.
Thank you Mr. Cox for standing up for what is right.
This is exactly the type of newscasting that has average viewers throwing up their hands and asking for fairness in the media.
The pointed criticism came after WACH posted a story about a new book from political advisor Will Folks, who claims that he had a sexual affair with Haley several years ago. Haley has vehemently denied Folks’s claims, which first surfaced last spring in the lead-up to the 2010 gubernatorial election, saying that she has been “100 percent faithful” to her husband.
The WACH Fox news department has published or broadcast more than 100 stories pertaining to Gov. Haley during the past year. Despite that voluminous amount of reporting, there is not a single documented instance of the governor challenging the accuracy of any fact in any of those reports. Read more
Nikki Haley, who was sworn in as Governor of South Carolina in January, has attacked Columbia’s WACH after the Fox-affiliate ran a story about a forthcoming book from Will Folks, a political consultant and former gubernatorial spokesman who claimed last spring to have had an “inappropriate physical relationship” with Haley.
“WACH FOX 57 is a tabloid news station and has no concept of journalism,” Haley wrote on her Facebook page, after WACH reported that Folks was daring Haley to sue him for libel in connection with his account of their relationship.
Haley’s political campaign was forced into damage control mode last May when Folks claimed to have had a relationship with Haley “several years ago.” At the time, Haley stated that she has “been 100 percent faithful” to her husband and that Folks’s claim was “totally false.”
WACH reported in its post, attributed to news director Bryan Cox, that “Folks has seized on the fact that Haley has not filed a lawsuit against him for libel or defamation as evidence to support his allegations.” WACH also linked to a 281-word excerpt from Folks’s forthcoming book in which he writes, “It was apparent to both Nikki and I that the sexual chemistry between the two of us was very strong.” Read more