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Sanford and "The State"

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Stitch, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Just wondering how Gina Smith was able to get into the waiting area where she knew that the passengers exited a plane from Buenos Aires? And is it really a hunch if you're tipped off?

  2. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Because South Carolina is a haven for libruls and the authorities wanted the librul media to find the Gov and call him on the carpet for his transgressions. It was a conspiracy.
  3. BigRed

    BigRed Active Member

    I know you've got the sarcasm font on, but trust me, South Carolina is ANYTHING but a liberal haven.
  4. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    Great question. The paper amazingly must have bought her a ticket somewhere. Only way to get through security. She probably had to buy it herself. Good luck getting reimbursed. I know our shop wouldn't spring for that ticket. "Find another way to get the story. We don't have the money for that!"
  5. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    If you pay full fare, can't you get a refund if you don't fly?
  6. OTD

    OTD Active Member

    Yes, and I know we've had writers and reporters do that when they wanted to get to a gate.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    yeah. not like it's a big story or anything.
  8. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    She flew from Columbia to Atlanta on somebody's regional link, I'd bet (with big money on Delta as the somebody). Every southeastern airport is a spoke to Atlanta's hub — even the big airports like Orlando and Miami that also have direct flights to other places in the world.

    (We have an old joke down here: When you die in the south, you have a two-hour Atlanta layover on your way to Heaven.)

    You figure he's flying back from Buenos Aires on a certain day, so you get a round-trip from Columbia to Atlanta arriving before whenever the first flight lands with a scheduled return to Columbia an hour or so after the arrival of the final BA flight. If he comes in significantly earlier than your return flight, you get your interview, dictate a quick lede to the desk and see if you can get back to Columbia earlier.
  9. She drove to Atlanta.
  10. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Well, that's her mistake. You have to buy the ticket, might as well use it.
  11. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    Guys, there are other ways to get through security at the airport. If you know someone that works there with escort privledges in the SIDA are, you can go that route. Or you can get an escort pass to get through security.

    buying a ticket isn't the only way.
  12. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    No, you don't understand what I'm saying. Rather than dance the drive-from-Columbia-to-Atlanta-airport/get-through-security tango ( ;D ), I'd have bought a round-trip plane ticket and lay in wait for him. Driving is work, especially doing the Atlanta-go-round.

    You fly, you get there quickly, you're not frazzled from the drive ... good to go.
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