The last we saw Detroit’s former Deputy Fire Commissioner Fred Wheeler was at the end of May. At that time he was cussing out WJBK-TV reporter Charlie LeDuff and knocking a microphone out of his hand (see the video above). Two days later, Wheeler, who had been interim commissioner before the arrival of Donald Austin, was let go by Mayor Dave Bing for his actions in front of the camera.
Now, a very unusual campaign against LeDuff and Detroit’s Channel 2 is underway and the press release has Wheeler’s name on it. LeDuff has been on his Facebook page asking, “Anybody seen Fred Wheeler pulling around that sign?”. While the reporter apparently hasn’t seen it first hand yet, some viewers have and there are pictures of the movable electronic road sign in the press release below.
Fred Wheeler had been the subject of many of LeDuff’s stories in the past few years. Most of them involved the reporter trying to confront Wheeler over the state of the Detroit Fire Department fleet and firehouses and questions about whether Wheeler lived in the city or not. Wheeler rarely, if ever, sat still for a LeDuff interview, allowing the reporter to do these ambush style interviews, culminating in the one that left Fred Wheeler without a job.
Below is the press release in its entirety. Note the email address below Wheeler’s name: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Also on STATter911 …
- Update: Detroit’s mayor investigates Deputy Fire Commissioner Fred Wheeler’s confrontation with TV reporter Charlie Leduff. – May 31, 2012
- UPDATE: Detroit Deputy Fire Commissioner Fred Wheeler gone. Mayor Dave Bing swings axe after confrontation with reporter Charlie LeDuff. Commisioner Austin answers the questions Wheeler wouldn’t. – May 31, 2012
- Trust me, this is Must See TV: Detroit Deputy Commisioner Fred Wheeler has to be bleeped & knocks microphone out of Charlie Leduff’s hand after reporter tours city firehouses. – May 30, 2012
- Detroit TV reporter says state now investigating firehouses. Charlie LeDuff sounds off on what real story is after confrontation with fire official. – June 2, 2012
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