“We got the tip [on the KFC hoax] last Wednesday,” Laurel
owner Jim Cegielski told me in a phone chat this afternoon.
“We were reluctant [to go with it] at first, but only because we didn’t
have all the sources we needed. Once we got the strongest sources to
cooperate with us, we were 100% positive we had the story. …It took us
about five days to put together.”
The 7,500-circulation thrice-weekly paper has gotten calls from
national media outlets — “CNN interviewed me,” says Cegielski — but the
journalist who exposed the hoax isn’t around to talk about his scoop.
Managing editor Sean Murphy went from the KFC probe to covering
politics. “He’s on the bus with the [Senate] candidates,” says editor