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Controversy?

It all started when Shelby County commissioner Mike Carpenter tweeted a joke between colleagues:

mikecarpenter1: "Comm Roland discussing situation in Millington where person selling pit bulls. Comm Bunker: 'Don't they eat those in Millington?'"

This resulted in an overheated news report by WMC reporter Kontji Anthony slugged "Twitter Controversy swoops through Shelby County Commission."

mikecarpenter1: "RT @actionnews5: Twitter controversy swoops through Commish || only 'controversy' cuz you made it. Joke among colleagues."

Now that the controversy that never actually existed has died down, Carpenter is having some sly fun with WMC:

mikecarpenter1: "Joe Ford pension on agenda. If anything funny said, I will note it is a joke 2 avoid appearance of controversy."

mikecarpenter1: "Comm Mulroy honoring first Memphis comic and fantasy conference. Some would say that's what we do every two weeks."

mikecarpenter1: "Mulroy dressed as Star Trek crew member. BTW this is a joke. It's not a real debate."

get to work

WMC reporter Anna Marie Hartman has some advice for the unemployed: Get pretty! A "news" package, credited to Hartman on WMC's website and to other reporters on other news websites, suggests that looks seem to matter more than education. It quotes North Carolina plastic surgeon Stephan Finical, who says people who need a job might think they need a little work done: "That is a big reason why Botox sales are booming."

In the old days, we called this a commercial.

By Chris Davis. E-mail him at davis@memphisflyer.com.

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