I can understand that cutting jobs may be a necessity at The Hartford Courant, if only because someone at the Tribune Co. gave the order.
But that's no reason for the paper's publisher, Stephen Carver, to lie about the consequences of losing 100 people, including 30 in the newsroom.
"We're going to perform at the level we've been performing," Carver said in a statement published on the daily's website.
And what a preposterous lie.
It's an insult to the fine reporters who are losing their jobs and a slap in the face to scores of loyal employees who have stuck by the paper through increasingly hard times.
Using Carver's logic, I suppose if the paper fired every journalist on its payroll, it would just keep on "performing at the level we've been performing."
At least the man should have had the decency to express remorse and to state the obvious: the news will suffer.
"I wanted to get us into an environment where we could focus on our readers and advertisers going forward, and focus on growing the business," Carver explained as his reason for the pink slips.
Oh, yeah? Really?
I suspect the atmosphere at the paper's office is more like a morgue than "an environment where we could focus on our readers and advertisers."
In fact, I'm sure of it.
This is bad business, but let us at least tell it like it is. We owe readers the truth, not a smiley face stuck on a bleeding and badly wounded paper that's gasping for air.
Carver better understand that he runs a newspaper, not a fantasy land.
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