All of which makes this item from the Post & Courier of Charleston special:
Gov. Nikki Haley wanted the state to nix funding for ETV, but that hasn't stopped her from using the station's services.
ETV provided lighting for the governor's television interviews Monday, despite the fact that Haley vetoed funding for the public educational broadcaster. Lawmakers later overrode the veto.
One imagines a soused lout, after beating a bony dog, instructing the poor animal to come and show affection. Or a vicious overseer, having berated a slave, demanding happy subservience. The malevolent parent requires tribute after lashing out at an child. The metaphors continue, all illustrating hypocrisy, meanness, arrogance.
"We have never said that ETV is not a good service to have," Haley said. "What we are saying is, if we use ETV they should bill us. We should pay them. To give them $10 million on a line item just because is wrong. To give them payment for services rendered is the way that we should have them in state government. That's what we fought for from the beginning. That's what we will continue to fight for."
So, did the governor's office pay for the ETV crew?
"I think they should be very happy," Haley responded. "It looks like they got $10 million this year, so once again we will go back to watching them get a lot of money and not necessarily know the services that they give."
Notice how Her Excellency framed the issue so as to beg the question, then dodged that question.
Her inconsistencies draw attention.
S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian said the action was typical Haley.
"It suits Nikki Haley to say one thing and do something else," he said.