If you’ve spent the last eight months watching last years games on the DVR, or driving down to Willy B just to gaze in awe of our beautiful stadium then you are not alone. When you wake up in the morning to start your work week and have already started planning out your pre-game menu for Thursday and even practiced drinking a few and getting your stumble on, then you must be my brother (or sister) from another mother. It’s not too late to run out and get a new crisp garnet and black flag to hang from the porch, although a real Gamecock fan flies the colors 24/7/365 (just kidding, I haven’t hung my new flag either). Regardless of your game week ritual, or whether you’ll be at the game or watching it on TV, one thing is for damned sure; football is almost here and everything else for the next five months is irrelevant.
The expectations are higher than they have ever been, and there are no signs that Gamecock Nation isn’t expecting an amazing season. The message boards are fired up and the naysayers (mainly taters that kind of live to hate on the Cocks) are doing everything they can to discredit the hard work of this team, coaching staff and fan base. Even the National Sports Media is abuzz with the predictions that South Carolina will be the [SEC] champs when the dust settles. But I for one am not making bold predictions or knee-jerk statements yet, because games are won on the field and not on a message board, blog or television. I’ve held my proverbial tongue since January, but as Thursday approaches I am reminded that 2014 could be a great year and the first obstacle is Texas A&M. When the regular season comes to an end I hope I am trying to figure out how to talk my friends who are tater fans off the ledge, but when we hang that 6th in a row on em’ it won’t be easy. I bleed garnet and crap orange, that will never change.
It is a common practice of news and information agencies to use National news stories to engage it’s viewers, readers and followers. Before the internet those agencies relied on beat reporters and print media to deliver the news, which only reached those who chose to read or watch them. As technology improved it would seem that the ability of those news agencies to provide news and information would be greater, and more stories that are relevant to it’s readers and viewers would be prevalent. But when a news agency is unable to produce that type of result, it often turns to jumping on the bandwagon of national news that breeds controversy. Why? Because controversy grows viewers and improves ratings. But here in Columbia, SC the news has turned into a farce and shell of what news used to be.
Such is the case with WIS TV, who seemingly ignores their readers, viewers and followers opinions and continue to use negative news to drive ratings. In yet another obvious attempt to not only divide its’ market by Race, WIS TV chose to run a piece about the shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, NEARLY TWO WEEKS AFTER THE INCIDENT HAS HAPPENED, AND AFTER WAVES OF VIOLENCE AND RIOTS DESTROYED THE CITY WHERE IT HAPPENED. The article focuses on the Race of the police officer and attempts to try the case in the media, giving opinionated details about the person killed in order to paint a biased view. As local police and the POTUS and Government have worked tirelessly to curb the situation, WIS TV chooses to stir the pot here in Columbia. Is it for ratings or does WIS TV really want to continue to stoke the fire of racial tension in Columbia, SC and across the country? Judging by this news agencies actions, it would seem that ratings mean more to WIS TV than the integrity of journalism and the well being of the community.
WIS TV has often found itself on the receiving end of THOUSANDS of negative comments from its’ followers on Facebook, but continue to push the envelope when it comes to Race. Nothing good comes from RACE BAITING, and no matter who or what is controlling thingS at WIS TV, IT NEEDS TO STOP. NOW.