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Griffin Scott, reporter fired by former Channel 7 news director for Facebook posting, wins round one in legal battle

Last August, we told you about Griffin Scott, a Louisiana reporter who was fired for a Facebook posting in which he mentioned that he was the only person under forty at his station who knew anything about the Enola Gay -- the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan.

The person who pulled the trigger? Melissa Klinzing, former news director for Channel 7 during the ultra-controversial "Real Life, Real News" debacle of the '90s, whose name came up frequently in a successful age-discrimination lawsuit by Dave Minshall, now a spokesman for UFCW Local 7.

The latest? Scott has won an unemployment appeal against his station, meaning he'll keep receiving benefits as he continues to pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit. And Klinzing? As of last Friday, she's no longer an employee of the station. She and Scott have that in common.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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