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Columnist, ex-reporter dustup

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Evil ... Thy name is Orville Redenbacher!!, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. Phil Kabler, a longtime Charleston (W.Va) Gazette statehouse reporter/columnist got into a little tiff with Lawrence Messina, a former long-time AP reporter who now does PR.
    I thought Kabler took a cheap shot at Messina in his weekend column when Messina called him seeking verification of a letter Kabler claimed to have received. Messina - in the comments section - claims Kabler left out part of their discussion.


    To wit: that no one (outside the profession) cares no one has commented on the incident.
  2. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Sounds like Kabler doth protest too much.

    Then I was completely floored when Messina said he wanted to see the letter to verify I hadn't made it up. Made it up? Do you think I would have stayed in this job for coming up on 29 years by making up stories?

    Well, gee, Phil, I just don't know. Let's ask this guy what he thinks.

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  3. He tweeted today about it being three days and still no apology from the flack.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  4. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Yeah, just looked that up. Nice of him to claim to have been "misinformed" on that particular incident brought up by the flack, who I doubt will be apologizing any time soon - and why should he? The more Kabler belabours this, the more of an asshole he appears to be.
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