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June 02, 2008

Coffee Snorters: Hazards of 'Professional Journalism' Edition

NRO's Kevin Williamson asks the questions inquiring minds want to know:

"What's More Dangerous Than Being a War Correspondent?"

Funny you should ask...

A Fox News employee who says she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after being bitten by bedbugs at work filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the owner of the Manhattan office tower where she worked.

Jane Clark, 37, a 12-year veteran of Fox News, a unit of News Corp, said she complained to human resources after being bitten three times between October 2007 and April 2008. She said she was ridiculed and the office was not treated for months.

We swear to God that we are not making this up.

Clark, who says she's been diagnosed with PTSD and can no longer work, has filed a separate workers compensation claim with News Corp, and the company is paying her medical bills and lost wages. A News Corp spokeswoman declined to comment because News Corp was not named in the lawsuit.

"They made a lot of mistakes," Clark said through tears at a news conference at the office of her lawyer, Alan Schnurman, who said he has brought numerous bedbug cases.

Never say that This Blog is not Educational. If the readership ever needs a really good Bedbug Lawyer, you now know where to find one.

"I didn't want my baby to get bitten. I was terrified of bringing it home," Clark said.

She said she believed a colleague who used her workstation on weekends, and who no longer works for Fox News, brought the infestation to the office. Clark's home was never infested.

Clark says she suffers nightmares and keeps a flashlight at her bedside so she can check for bugs during the night.

"It's their obligation to the working public to provide a safe environment," Schnurman said.

Exactly. It's cases like this that highlight the dangers of professional journalism and help to expose poseurs like this young lady, who should be ashamed of herself. Come back when you've served some time on the front lines of the Bug Wars, Missy.

Posted by Cassandra at June 2, 2008 07:00 AM

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Just out of sheer curiosity, how'd she manage to get a workstation with a bed?

Posted by: BillT at June 2, 2008 09:19 AM

What a stretch of the imagination to compare bed bug bites with what combat troops go through. She cheapens a serious disorder with her silliness.

Fie! A pox on her!

Posted by: vet66 at June 2, 2008 10:09 AM

vet66, she cheapens silliness with her silliness. Save your pox for something more deserving, this should do.

Posted by: DL Sly at June 2, 2008 10:23 AM

Yeah, save the pox for more deserving targets. A seeping fistula (did I get that right Dr. Stuhl?) on or about the southern hemisphere ought to suffice.

*No English Pig-dogs, unladen sparrows or Taunting French clowns were harmed in the making of this comment.

Posted by: bt_it's-only-a-flesh-wound_hun at June 2, 2008 12:11 PM

As usual, those flighty sparrows get all the attention. Oooh, mus'nt harm a swallow? Why? Because they can carry a coconut? Try running around in a little wheel all day long, feeling like you're not getting anywhere in life...well, I'll tell you buster, we're not going to take it anymore. You just wait. One day, very soon, we're going to unhinge our wheels and roll away in them.....just leave all the Cooper cars, Yugo's and Vega's sitting in the middle of the road. Then, oh then you'll be sorry. And we will be biding our time, drinking elderberry wine and planning our return to glory.

Posted by: Jeri Bill at June 2, 2008 01:26 PM

As usual, those flighty sparrows get all the attention.

Not necessarily.

Having a turkey buzzard kamikaze your windshield system can be a real eye-opener...

Posted by: BillT at June 2, 2008 01:52 PM

Ummmmm. Helicopters have a system of windshields. It's a "System of Systems." Yeah, that's it.

*dagnabbed twitchy "post" thumb*

Posted by: BillT at June 2, 2008 01:55 PM

"Having a turkey buzzard kamikaze your windshield system can be a real eye-opener..."
He was not carrying ahhh... coconut was he?

And Jeri, word from the SPCA is, do not go drinking with that creature in the gum ball outfit unless you would like to have your picture on a milk carton.

And now for something completely different. Jane's Defence Weekly reports on the capture of one of the latest generation of Iranian Anti-Aircraft systems, seen here for the first time, undergoing evaluation testing.

*Polite sensibilities might have been injured during the making of this comment. The management wishes to convey their deepest regrets... really.

Posted by: bt_it's-only-a-flesh-wound_hun at June 2, 2008 04:07 PM

Must...refrain...from...snark...
Her housekeeper sucks if she got bedbugs.
Or her...

Oh good helk.

I am in so much trouble.

Posted by: Cricket at June 2, 2008 11:05 PM

'...workstation with a bed...'

Uh huh.

Closer relations with the media comes to mind...

Posted by: Cricket at June 2, 2008 11:06 PM

Obviously she was an embedded journalist.

Yeah, I know, but *somebody* had to say it...

0>;~}

Posted by: DL Sly at June 2, 2008 11:52 PM

You are a Holy Grail maniac, Sly.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at June 3, 2008 09:41 PM

What can I say, Ymar, I like to laugh. And Monty Python, along with others, makes me laugh....even after all these years.
0>;~}

Posted by: DL Sly at June 3, 2008 10:52 PM

:)

Posted by: Cass at June 3, 2008 10:58 PM

> Come back when you've served some time on the front lines of the Bug Wars, Missy.

And, uhhhh, "sleep tight".


> No English Pig-dogs, unladen sparrows or Taunting French clowns were harmed in the making of this comment.

What about fireball-throwing wizards, (not necessarily named "Tim") ???

Posted by: OBloody Hell at June 3, 2008 11:34 PM

"What about fireball-throwing wizards, (not necessarily named "Tim") ???"
I know nothing... NOOOTHIIIIING!

Posted by: Sgt. Shultz at June 4, 2008 09:22 AM

I am so marginalized and harmed by that statement that I am going to burn yer biscuits! I have fireballs! Who needs lawyers?

Posted by: Tim at June 4, 2008 11:05 AM

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