Editors Note:

EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Schmuck Alert: Don Blankenship

What is it with energy company bosses and news crew molestation? First, Veilleux Oil owner Nick Curro slammed his vehicle into a WGME live truck and then proved himself a lousy actor AND NOW the chairman of one of the country's biggest coal mining companies manhandles an ABC producer's handycam. "If you're going to start taking pictures of me, you're liable to get shot," Don Blankenship of Massey Energy reportedly told the ABC producer just before twisting the viewfinder and breaking the microphone off of the DV cam. Seems Blankenship was tired of answering questions about his sordid relationship with the West Virginia Supreme Court. With photos now emerging that show Blankenship kickin' back on the French Riviera with a state Supreme Court Chief, it's only understandable that the coal boss wants to kill the canary that wouldn't shut-up. Despite the best efforts of Blankenship's beefy mitts, the tape was not damaged and allegedly shows the camera operator identifying himself, only to be assaulted by this apparent pillar of society. Producers will include the footage in the ABC News report Monday, whereupon America will likely surmise that - corporate impropriety or not - Don Blankenship is a Schmuck.

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