Did Inquirer Editor Stage a Fake Standing Ovation for Bill Marimow?

Nancy Phillips is Friend of Bill…

BigTrial.net’s Ralph Cipriano has an intriguing scoop on what we over here at Philly Mag like to call the Inky Mess. When Bill Marimow returned to the Inquirer last week, he got a standing ovation. Reportedly, it wasn’t exactly spontaneous.

In a Dec. 7th email to Chris Bonanducci, vice president of human resources, Bill Ross, the Guild’s executive director, wrote, “when Bill Marimow’s return to the newsroom was announced, [Inquirer City Editor] Nancy Phillips went around the newsroom telling employees to give him a standing ovation.””Some members were uncomfortable with this request, which of course seemed like an order when asked by the city editor,” Ross wrote. “Others have asked about her credibility after she admitted concocting a cover story about Marimow’s rehire during her testimony in the recent court case.”

Jay Devine, the PR man representing Marimow, showed his disdain for Cipriano’s reporting–where else?–in the comments section. “We chose not to respond to your inquiry today based on our belief that your blog has consistently reported biased, one-sided and defamatory information. It is not a credible journalistic entity that subscribes to the principles of quality, fair and unbiased journalism. — Jay Devine.”

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  • anonymous

    I have to call bullshit on Bill Ross. I was in the newsroom
    when Marimow returned. He no longer had a pass to operate the
    elevator and called an editorial assistant to get him in. Everyone
    near me was surprised he was returning so quickly after the
    judges decision. Word spread quickly & he was upstairs in just
    a couple minutes from the time of the call. I did not see Nancy
    Phillips or anyone else circulating to encourage a standing
    ovation nor would there have been time to organize one.
    Besides, there was never the slightest doubt he would get one.
    They are a dime a dozen in the newsroom and need no prompting.
    Marimow also got one when he left after being fired. Was that one
    organized? Everyone gets one their last time out the door, even those who are
    not well-liked or relative nobodys. As a Guild member, I am dismayed
    that Norcross tool Bill Ross still has a job.

  • Keith

    Norcross starts lies and rumors. He gets a group of people to say things and starts trouble. He needs to be stopped. He is a terror and makes life a miserable hell. Where is God. We need him to deal with George.