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Date Posted: 22:05:50 08/19/16 Fri
Author: Former PGer
Subject: Re: A Couple Points
In reply to: Granitehead 's message, "Re: A Couple Points" on 20:25:19 08/18/16 Thu

Craig had much more power/leverage than Shribman. When John Block was a young, headstrong, pup still living in Toledo, Craig used to spent a couple of days each week in Ohio mentoring John the Brat, teaching him how to be a newspaper editor.

In those days, Craig had the juice to tell Kid Robbie "no." When Bill Block Sr. died, John Block took over the PG and began to flex his muscles. Craig managed to fendoff John Block's idiotic demands for several years, but towards the end Craig seemed to lose interest in the day-to-day operation. In his final years, he was spending more and more time with civic functions (River Live Task Force).

I never saw or heard of Shribman going against John Block's will. When Block said we're laying off so and so, or so many people, Shribman dutifully carried out the order.

Kid Robbie and the rest of the Blockheads (after Bill Sr.'s death) were always pushing the panic button, wanting to take some drastic measure to cut expenses when Craig was the editor. Most of those ideas never saw the light of day -- because of Craig. Rather than cut jobs, Craig would come up some other, less obtrusive move like cutting the management salaries by 10-15%. Or, flatout, telling John Block "we aren't going to do that."

To be fair to Shribman, these are much tougher economic times for the PG. What's going on at the PG now is going on throughout the industry.

I'm not sure anyone could maintain a respectable product at the PG with all of the cuts (jobs, news hole, etc). But, I'd sure rather have Craig as my editor under these circumstances. Craig was a visionary. Yes, he had a lot of crazy ideas, but he also did a lot of unorthodox things that worked.

Shribman, although an egghead, has a meat and potatoes approach to covering the news. His approach is right out of a Journalism 101 text book, circa 1975.

The PG might very well sink some day, but I'd feel a lot better with Craig at the helm than Shribman.

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