Today, the chickens came home to roost for the NY Daily News. Fully half their staff will get the axe as a result of lost subscribers and advertisers. Furthermore, the owners of NY’s rabidly partisan newspaper also sacked editor-in-chief Jim Rich.
For years, The Daily News has worn its leftist politics on the front page as a badge of honor. And now, with the paper teetering on bankruptcy, here come the layoffs as part of a “fundamental restructuring“.
The NY Times ran the story:
The meeting lasted less than a minute. By the time it was over, reporters and editors at The Daily News had been told that the newsroom staff was being cut in half and that the editor in chief, Jim Rich, was out of a job.
Grant Whitmore, an executive at Tronc, the media company that owns The News, presided over the meeting, which took place shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday in the seventh-floor newsroom at 4 New York Plaza in Lower Manhattan. About 50 members of the newspaper’s staff were in attendance. The group did not include Mr. Rich or Kristen Lee, the managing editor, who is leaving as part of Tronc’s aggressive plan.
The new editor in chief is Robert York, currently the editor and publisher of The Morning Call, a Tronc-owned daily newspaper in Allentown, Pa. Before taking the reins at The Morning Call, Mr. York was the vice president of strategy and operations at The San Diego Union-Tribune. He has spent most of his career in San Diego.
Let’s face it, actions have consequences. When a newspaper writes off half or more of its subscribers through its editorial policy, that doesn’t make for a strong bottom line.
The paper’s editors have happily blamed good guy gun owners for violent crime in America. Indeed, every time a mass murder happens in America, The News blames not the killer(s), but…the National Rifle Association and its members.
The dead tree publication even managed to blame the NRA for Islam-inspired terror attacks.
Even more disgusting, the vile Daily News’ editors label the NRA and its members a terrorist organization.
The Daily News’ sick jihad against gun owners might sell a few papers to low-information types. At least for a while. In the end though, that schtick grows old.
Time will tell if the owners decide to remake The Daily News as a reputable publication through a fundamental restructuring. If they don’t make big changes, they’ll continue down the trail blazed by Newsweek and others into irrelevance and bankruptcy. In the meantime, I will enjoy a big cup of schadenfreude and urge the rest of The People of the Gun to do the same.