Tuesday, September 20, 2005

God Tests the New York Times. No Ram In Sight

NYTimes cutting 500 jobs.
In a memo to staffers, company chairman Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. and CEO Janet Robinson wrote: "We regret that we will see many of our colleagues leave the Company; it is a painful process for all of us. We have been tested many times in our 154-year history as we are being tested now."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but to me that position -- the use of that idiom -- smacks of religious faith. And I rather thought the Times regarded holding to religious faith as the unique obsession of brainless red-neck, red stater types who want to kick evolution out of the classroom.
They promised this would not impact the quality of the paper's journalism.
Heh! Apparently they haven't yet realized that improving the quality of the paper's journalism might, just might, encourage people who are currently disgusted by the extent of the editorializing of the news to resubscribe.

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