Coal chiefs mock reporter as critical West Virginia media voice goes bust

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Massey Energy attorney waves pink slip for local journalist as energy department adviser says ‘I’m an advocate for the coal industry’

In a room packed with coal industry leaders in Charleston, West Virginia, a speaker held up a fake “pink slip” for a local newspaper reporter who covers the business, and mockingly said he wished the journalist could be in attendance.

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