Take a cocky reporter and a bad-tempered fire commissioner and it is a recipe for fireworks.
Unfortunately for the commissioner, a total lack of media training and media savvy has forced him to be removed from office after a physical altercation with WJBK-TV reporter Charlie LeDuff on Tuesday, according to TV Spy.
“Working on a story about filthy conditions at a number of Detroit fire houses, LeDuff approached deputy fire commissioner Fred Wheeler on the street and things instantly went south,” noted TV Spy.
“You better get the f— away from me,” Wheeler told LeDuff once he saw him. When LeDuff stepped closer to ask a question, Wheeler slapped the microphone out of his hand.”
Rule Number One in media training: Don’t curse at reporters. Rule Number Two: Don’t knock their microphone away. Rule Number Three: Don’t just stand there like an idiot using your iPad as the reporter asks questions.
Here’s the video: