Investigative reporter behaves badly (and more Friday links)

Journal Communications-owned WTMJ-TV says its I-Team — including Rob Koebel — “is there, asking the tough questions.” That apparently includes, “Do you know who you’re messing with?”

Investigative reporter Koebel barked that to a police officer while being arrested for urinating outside of an Apple Store and then becoming belligerent.

When police brought him back to the station, Koebel was uncooperative with officers. When an officer stated he was going to remove his handcuffs, Koebel warned him to “be careful.”

Koebel became increasingly uncooperative, saying “Don’t play games with me” and “Do you want to take the gloves off or no?” As he was booked, Koebel called an officer names such as “(expletive) face”, as well as a derogatory term for homosexual.

“Rob is no longer with WTMJ,” Journal Broadcast Group executive vice president Steve Wexler says in an email.

* TMJ4 reporter cited for using potty mouth with cops (

More links:
* R.E.M. tells Fox News Channel to stop using its music. (
* David Remnick says Obama’s speech “was not number one in his hit parade.” (
* OC Register is hiring three investigative reporters. (
* Newhouse’s South Jersey Media Group combines three papers into one. (
* Foster Kamer leaves New York Observer for Complex. (
* More downsizing at A.H. Belo-owned Providence Journal. (
* Journatic’s former editorial director talks about brief stint at the hyper-local operation. (
* “The Warren Buffett of the North” is investing in newsprint. (
* Warren Buffett — the one from Omaha — is betting that giving readers more will work for his papers. (