Brett Shipp Makes Hay With Athens Fertilizer Fire

News happened.


Anyone else see Channel 8’s coverage of the fire in Athens yesterday? Here’s the impressive team effort that aired on the 10 o’clock newscast. I mean that. But Brett Shipp’s contribution — and I’m summarizing here — went like this: “I told you so. I told you so. I told you so. I so told you so.” Don’t blame him. A year ago, he was reporting on that storage facility in a populated area, telling people that if it caught fire, all that ammonium nitrate could cause another West-level explosion.

Which is why Shipp was in full outrage mode earlier in the day, when the fire was still burning, people had been evacuated, and an explosion looked to be in the offing. Is it just me? Did you see this? Because it seemed to me that Shipp was hoping the thing would blow up. And when it became clear that the fire would fizzle without a catastrophe, he seemed disappointed. A friend of mine said it was like watching Geraldo open Al Capone’s vault.


  • gimmethewooby

    Standing, clapping

  • Steven Wooters

    It is time for Shipp to retire. His reporting of issues is as poor as his wardrobe. Someone please help this guy get dressed in the morning. He has turned into a local media bully and I no longer watch or am interested in his rants.

  • D. Shapiro

    “A friend of mine said it was like watching Geraldo open Al Capone’s vault.”

    I love you, Tim.

  • no_really

    Tim, do you really think Brett was “hoping” a fertilizer facility in a populated area would explode? Really? Look. I get it. You guys have an ax to grind with Brett. OK. But several people died barely a year ago when something very similar happened in West.

    You know what sucks? I actually like D Magazine. I think you guys do a bang-up job, most of the time. But to assert that a local reporter actually wanted to see people die and a community burn to the ground is beyond the pale.

  • Tim Rogers

    We don’t have any ax, and I didn’t say Shipp wanted to see people die or see a community burn to the ground. I don’t know what was going through his mind. I’m pretty certain he didn’t want to see anyone get hurt. But it SEEMED TO ME (big difference) that here was a guy who had said, “This could blow up,” (to his credit) and waiting for it to blow up.

  • no_really

    What do you think happens when fertilizer facilities holding ammonium nitrate explode?

  • Bill Marvel

    Come on, Tim. Geraldo wasn’t that bad.

  • rauldallas

    Also, did you notice how it looked like he was passing gas right before they tossed it to him for the live shot? Classic.