Hey, as long as he keeps dropping plugs for Dead Meadow into the program, I’m not complaining. But Philebrity considers Simon’s unflattering odes to current Philadelphia Inquirer editor Bill Marimow “obsessive, even freakish”.

A couple weeks ago, we noted the eerie similarities between the plotlines on this season of the HBO drama The Wire and the present-day Inquirer. Well, they™re not so much œeerie similarities as they are œplotlines ripped directly from show creator David Simon™s own newsroom experience. Which, it has been noted, consisted among other things of working for a few years besides present-day Inky editor Bill Marimow at the Baltimore Sun. And as the show™s final season settles in, Marimow finds himself in the hot seat in journo circles regarding the action this season as well as Simon™s continual picking of old war scabs in interviews.

What™s the fuss? Well, as if last season™s naming of an asshole cop in Marimow™s honor wasn™t enough, this season concerns a cash-strapped newspaper editor gunning for Pulitzers at all costs while under him, a staffer is writing blatantly fake stories ” that the editorial brass can™t get enough of. (Simon says that the faker in question was based directly on co-worker at the Sun some years back, but refuses to out this person by name.)

For his part, Marimow has been fairly silent on the subject, but you can feel the steely rage contained in the one quote he did give to WaPo today: œI deeply resent Simon™s dishonest efforts to revise history, Marimow says. Philebrity contacted Marimow over week ago for an interview but has yet to hear back from him.

On a slightly different tip, the seperated-at-birth proposals issued by You Been Blinded’s “The NBA Meets The Wire” are only slightly more fascinating than if said blog had published an entry entitled “The NBA Meets Wire Train”.