Shortly after The Post and Courier published an article to its website that was critical of S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell's alleged funding of marketing in favor of completing the controversial I-526 project, the story has vanished.
It's not the first time the paper has seemingly backed off a Harrell story.
FITS News has documented the publishing and revoking of the article, in part:
According to the story (which was removed from the paper’s website mere hours after it was originally posted) Harrell’s political action committee paid a Charleston-based public relations firm at least $23,000 to promote one of his favored transportation boondoggles.
Of course readers who try to click on the story receive a “page not found” error message.
The posting to the website was only four paragraphs in length and teases more reporting in "upcoming editions" of the paper, however the article does manage to deliver the speculation that a $23,000 expense paid to marketing firm Rawle Murdy was not actually for the "election expense" it was categorized as.