South Carolina newspaper finds that sex sells, or at least makes web traffic

As I noted here yesterday, the McFly Affair drove traffic on this blog and several other lefty blogs to rarely seen heights. And the latest sex scandal, this one from South Carolina by way of Argentina, has had a similar effect on a newspaper’s web site. The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. has been leading the drive on the story of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s apparent disappearance over the weekend. At first, no one knew where he was or where he’d gone. Then it was billed as a “hike in the Appalachians,” and his wife wasn’t worried.

Then it became a trip Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The rest is now history. That’s a long way to go just to have an affair.

But like our recent saga here in Milwaukee, e-mails exchanged between Gov. Sanford and his mistress have surfaced. Surely right-wing talk show hosts will read these on air, much like Charlie Sykes read aloud Jessica McBride’s emails to Chief Flynn. (Was this before or after she asked the media to lay off? And, Pot, please lay off the Kettle… it’s busy trying to be black.)

Anyway — this is a very long way of saying that The State‘s hits spiked, just as ours did in the Cream City. Specifically, their hits were tripled by word of the governor’s infidelity.

This is the same Mark Sanford who voted to impeach President Clinton…

It’s amazing how the people screaming the loudest about traditional marriage and “family values” so often go down in great scandals of infidelity. McBride and Sanford are but the latest.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.