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Not Surprisingly, Inquirer and Daily News Writers Quarrel Over Banner Scoop

Kyle Scott - June 7, 2012

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Perhaps the only thing more surprising than the news that Joe Banner will no longer be the Eagles’ president was the way in which the news was broken: an exclusive story on the cover of today’s Inquirer.

In this day and age of the interwebtuals and a 24-hour news cycle, it’s nearly impossible for such significant story, in a heavily covered field, to break in print. Score one for the newspaper, I guess. But one may wonder, how does that happen? How did news of Banner’s move not leak? The answer is that, yesterday, the Eagles handed the exclusive to Jeff McLane of the Inquirer. That tactic, a familiar one for the Eagles, is their way of controlling the message – in this case, Banner wasn’t fired, it was amicable yada yada yada – and, more nefariously, keeping the city’s largest outlet on their side.

The news wasn’t exactly surprising to those in-the-know, however.

In March, Sam Farmer of the LA Times wrote that there was a power struggle between Reid and presumably Banner, though the then Eagles president was never mentioned.

Adam Caplan Tweets that agents were aware of a shift when it was Reid, not Banner, calling on contract extensions:

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And Les Bowen, McLane’s colleague at Philly Newspapers (or whatever they’re calling the company that owns the Inquirer, Daily News and now), who, as you know, once punched his peer in the head following a Twitter lambasting, isn't surprised either.  

A few weeks ago, Bowen wrote a story entitled “Where’s Joe Banner?” This part stood out:

But I also think something IS up with Banner, and with Lurie’s angst over how his organization is perceived, by the public and by the players. This offseason, we’ve seen Reid and the folks who handle Reid make an effort to present the coach to reporters in candid, off-camera moments, where there is less throat-clearing and more real conversation. We have seen a lot of former Banner protégé Roseman, who clearly is being marketed as the face of the front office. And we have seen Banner, everyone’s favorite antagonist, not at all. 


Today, Bowen said that Banner was unavailable to comment for that story. And this: 

The team public relations apparatus got in touch, concerned about what I was going to write. I was given a company line about a natural evolution of general manager Howie Roseman's role that would make him more of a spokesman, blah, blah, blah. I was told that Joe's situation was essentially unchanged.  

This was absolute crap, of course, and I knew it was at the time.


Bowen wrote that he was later brushed off by Banner at a charity event when the topic was brought up, positing that Banner wanted to announce the news on his terms:

When it came time to admit [his role was changing], [Banner] summoned a representative from the Inquirer to impart the news, which is Banner's longtime custom.


A representative from the Inquirer is the bare minimum way of crediting the story to McLane, who, again, receives a paycheck from the same office on North Broad. And, as you may have guessed, the conversation continued on the Twitters.

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McLane vs. Bowen Fight Gets CGI Treatment

Kyle Scott - September 30, 2011

Speechless. Next Media Animation World Edition, a group that previously turned Cliff Lee's excellence into a cartoon, has given their take on the Jeff McLane-Les Bowen fight… with full Japanese animation. Simply amazing.

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UPDATE: Les Bowen Punched Jeff McLane Today

Kyle Scott - September 28, 2011

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Holy shit.

McLane and Bowen went at it on Twitter yesterday. Bowen never responded when his colleague called him "an old hack" (among other things). He simply told one follower that he would "handle [his] business in person." 

He did just that.

Howard Eskin went on WIP shortly after this Tweet (listen to it after the jump). He said Bowen and McLane started arguing with each other in the press room before Bowen landed a shot to the head.

I'm told by a few other folks that the whole encounter was "short-lived" and punches were only thrown by Les, who is now a Twitter legend.

Buzz on Broad captured audio of Asante Samuel calling for a rematch. Listen to it after the jump, along with Eskin's account.

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Jeff McLane Launches Counter Assault on Les Bowen

Kyle Scott - September 27, 2011

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The bunker photo works well here for Jeff

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 Contestcomes 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).

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Andy Reid Doesn’t Like Les Bowen

Kyle Scott - December 29, 2010

What a stark contrast to last week's press conference.  Andy Reid was not happy with the team's performance and called his job of coaching "pathetic."  But what really gets under Big Red's skin is late reporters.

It would have been really swell if Les fired back with something about Reid's timeout use.  He didn't. But he did later respond.  Read it here.