City manager: There’s only one human being working at the Poplar Bluff newspaper

- From Tuesday's Poplar Bluff (MO) Daily American Republic

– From Tuesday’s Poplar Bluff (MO) Daily American Republic

The quote is from Poplar Bluff (Missouri) city manager Heath Kaplan, and reported (behind a paywall) in today’s Daily American Republic.

Sports editor Brian Rosener tells Romenesko readers:

The reporter at the meeting was not Dave Silverberg. It was Donna Farley and it’s not not the first time Mr. Kaplan has called her out in open meeting, saying she is “unprofessional” numerous times. Having worked with her for 10-plus years, she’s very professional and very much human.

The city manager got one thing right, Dave is probably the most human person in the newsroom, even after nearly 50 years in the business.

It’s a long story, but basically the city manager (who is hired by the council) does not like the paper’s reporting because it raised questions about his spending since he was hired over the summer.

* Poplar Bluff city council meetings on YouTube