After a long game of will they or won't they, The State and The Post and Courier each published reports on a new Statehouse job for Gov. Nikki Haley's daughter.
The State had been preparing a story on 14-year-old Rena Haley's gift shop position. When a draft was mistakenly published in the Rock Hill Herald, Haley took to her Facebook page to rail against the story.
"Scrutiny of me comes with the territory of being governor. I expect it. But it’s a sad day for journalism in South Carolina when The State newspaper goes after my 14 year old daughter. Public officials have a right to expect that their minor children are off limits from political opponents and even from biased media outlets like The State. Its disgusting. Shame on them."
No surprise to anyone, her rant sent political observers hunting for the story, but it had been pulled from online sites at the Herald and the Charlotte Observer. When The Post and Courier published a report Wednesday with details on Rena's job, The State finally went live with its story.
Is it newsworthy or is the governor right?