January 18, 2007
Investigative Journalism Supply Problem
I'm sure you read yesterday about reporter Michael A. Weber, who's known locally as "the reporter banned by Ron Littlefield from covering City Hall," and his quite short tenure at Gannett outlet The Tennessean. Man, I was really starting to get into his blogging at The Plaza. (Now I'm wondering, is there a way to filter the feed so I just get the Peebles posts?)
I find myself very curious about this latest development. Weber's departure from the Times Free Press seemed to be less abrupt, but anonymous sources told me that his remaining time at that paper (after the ban and non-publicized reinstatement) was miserable. This is pure conjecture on my part, but it's not a stretch to imagine that he was encouraged to leave by a hostile work environment that was calculated for both effectiveness and deniability.
I don't know if we'll ever know the whole story, but I am in search of some information. I will post updates as they are available.