A reporter sought an interview with a Senate candidate, but said a little bit more — TMI — after she thought she had hung up the phone.


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Spoiler alert: She got fired.

Many of us have been there.

Someone walks into your office, calls you on the phone, emails or texts you, or whatever it is the Millenials do these days. That encounter rubs you the wrong way. And you respond instinctively, words form on your lips, expletives pour out of your mouth. And, fortunately for you, no one is around to hear you vent.

Something like this happened recently to a reporter at a rural Michigan newspaper. Except, here’s the thing. Well, I’ll let Alex Horton, writing (here) at the Washington Post, explain:

Brenda Battel, a staff writer for the Huron Daily Tribune in rural Michigan, was seeking a chance to speak with Republican Senate candidate John James on Wednesday after the election.

Battel left a voice-mail message with the James campaign, and alerted it to a potential follow-up email to further discuss his campaign against Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D).

Then Battel hung up the phone — or so she believed, she later said.

“Man, if he beats her … Jesus! F—ing John James. That would suck!” Battel is heard saying in a voice mail released by the James campaign. “I don’t think it’s going to happen though.”

The incident prompted the Daily Tribune to fire Battel later Monday after less than three years on staff.

And to further prove that you can’t make this stuff up, Ms. Battel was calling from Bad Axe, Michigan.

In case you were wondering, Sen. Debbie Stabenow won re-election.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have another goalie training session to run.  “Control the rebound!”


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