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Date Posted: 01:05:15 07/24/16 Sun
Author: Semantics
Subject: Re: Trib going down the tubes
In reply to: Ed E. Torial 's message, "Re: Trib going down the tubes" on 13:21:24 07/23/16 Sat

Ed E., you must be unable to fathom what strikes me as an easily understood phrase.

"This is part of the latest phase of our strategic growth plan that our board of directors rolled out last year."

That means, as I read it, their "board of directors" were planning on dumping more people all along following the staff cuts of 2015 and the TTM properties sold or closed. It's a reflection on the fact the young executive in charge and her team are in over their heads, trying to prop up a diminished paper whose viability is, frankly unsustainable.

You claim you are "no Trib apologist."Then you add the defensive aside, "hate much?"

Apology (and explanation) not accepted.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Trib going down the tubes -- Ed E. Torial, 08:56:58 07/24/16 Sun [1]

No apology is offered. Not defensive at all, but just like in politics, I don't necessarily have to agree with a candidate to know when unfounded attacks are taking place. If you want to argue, fine. But then do it with facts.

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[> [> [> [> [> Re: Trib going down the tubes -- Semantics, 03:41:12 07/25/16 Mon [1]

I did argue, using the TTM quote you deliberately chose to misinterpret.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Trib going down the tubes -- OK, Semantics, let's explain this, 11:27:16 07/25/16 Mon [1]

YOU are misreading whatever it is you're focusing on, and creating some bizarre conspiracy that says leadership was keeping this all a secret. The plan all along, as laid out by the corporate leadership, is to cut back in some areas, and try to grow others. I'm not going to argue the soundness of the plan, that's not the point.
But, there was no "secret" plan, as your conspiracy-minded brain seems to think. Corporate has always said that other layoffs/buyouts were a possibility, even after the first round was over.
The company has never said after that first round that layoffs were done and all the changes were done. They've continued to tell employees that other changes were coming, that this is an evolving process.
And do you think employees there didn't know that more buyouts/layoffs were possible? It's absolutely wrong to say that employees have been walking around brainwashed, thinking that everything is OK. If you say that, you have no idea what's going on at that company.
Ever since Scaife died in 2014, employees knew that massive changes were coming.
In fact, some were surprised that there were more buyouts offered last week, and not news that the doors are closing.
But to say that there was this secret plan to do this all along is just...I don't even know how to describe it.
It's not true, so please stop saying it.

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[> [> [> [> [> Re: Trib going down the tubes -- Paper pusher, 06:55:58 07/26/16 Tue [1]

It's just a hunch, but probably the next announcement after the buyouts will be that the Pittsburgh edition or the Valley News Dispatch or both are shutting their doors.

Given what's been happening to other newspapers around the country, it wouldn't be surprising at all.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Trib going down the tubes -- Bananasplit, 19:22:50 07/26/16 Tue [1]

And the Greensburg Trib is getting some competition in central Westmoreland from the Latrobe Bulletin, who do a better job on a tighter budget.

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