Take cover, Philadelphia, no corner of the internet is safe.
From the fine organization (Philadelphia Media Network) that brought you such storied colleague battles as Gonzo v. Cheese and the non-contentious Seravalli-Carchidi Steven Stamkos Source Measuring Contest, comes the latest in intracompany feuds: McLane v. Bowen.
In PMN’s most recent clash, McLane and Bowen combine the best elements of previous Inquirer-Daily News confrontations: sourcing… and sheer contempt for a colleague.
Let’s dig in.
Earlier today, Jeff McLane threw his hat into the let’s talk endlessly about Michael Vick’s availability for Sunday ring. McLane, citing sources, reported that Vick will likely play against the 49ers.
Not so fast, says Les Bowen (hint: this is where things get good).
Another scribe-on-scribe crime. A hush befalls the crowd as a warning shot is sent across the Inquirer reporter's bow. Your move, McLane.
Stop it, Jeff, you're going to kill grandpa..
Oh the humanity. Dead women and children are strewn about the street at 400 N. Broad.
Frankly, I’m inclined to side with Les here. While questioning another reporter’s sources is poor form, there was really no need for McLane to publicly trash his colleague. The Inquirer and Daily News have enough problems- they don’t need their beat reporters dick-poking each other on Twitter. Besides, that sort of thing is for bloggers…
So far, we’ve seen virtual slaps or conflicting stories (in the case of Carchidi and Seravalli) involving Phillies, Flyers, and, now, Eagles writers at Philly Media Network. You know what that means, right? We need Kate Fagan to throwdown with – quick, who covers the Sixers for the Daily News? – Bob Cooney. Kate Fagan and Bob Cooney trading barbs over … something good… gender issues! Perfect!
We’ll look forward to that.
As for Les and Jeff, we’ve seen no retort from Bowen as of yet… though he has indirectly responded to the issue:
Score one for Bowen.
I guess we’ll just have to wait until Sunday to see who was right. McLane may want to bring a couple of sharpened number twos with him just in case.
UPDATE: Punches thrown.