The sitting state House speaker pleaded guilty yesterday to a half-dozen charges of ethics violations, remained resolute in his own defense while admitting guilt one-by-one to charges as they were read to him by the judge, and now he’s on the hook for the foreseeable future as a government informant.

“This kind of thing doesn’t happen every century in South Carolina,” said former State editor Brad Warthen in a blog post on Wednesday.

So how did S.C. papers cover the big news? We clicked over to the Newseum’s indispensable daily round up of front pages from around the world and took a look.

The State: Writers echoed the “powerhouse to snitch” line throughout the day on Twitter.


The Post and Courier: Looking ahead to what’s next.


Beaufort Gazette: Ran with The State’s story, but with a timeline layout.


Greenville News: Above the fold, but not the focus on A1.