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Re: “The Mercury News Lays Off 31 Employees

The people who lost their jobs, like the people who lost their jobs last December, were axed because the company needed to slash bodies. To suggest that they were incompetent, or didn't play well with others, or somehow failed to innovate Dean's ass into greater profitability, is just slander. brokenheartedmerc is free to empathize with the commandant, but the rest of us are free to describe MediaNews as it is: a short-sighted, inhumane, two-bit little company without even a crumb of understanding of what it touches and who it consumes, much less such unprofitable notions as the power of the free press. Nobody should be fooled into thinking Media News is a good thing for any commmunity: big stories will go uncovered, intelligent editing will vanish, and "local news" will be whatever dreck can be found to wrap around the ads. It would stop if readers cared, but clearly they don't. That's the bigger tragedy, and the bigger mystery, too, and if anybody on this board could solve it instead of anonymously smearing former employees -- dedicated and in many cases brave and loyal former employees -- then please go ahead. Spare us any more defamation. Save journalism. And make Dean retire while you're at it.

Posted by MJ83 on 07/10/2007 at 5:42 PM

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