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As scary as big brother gets in this business

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Simon_Cowbell, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member


    I LOVE that he got a screenshot of the post before it was nuked.
  2. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Good pull.

    "Michaels" used to work for Clear Channel, which is all you really need to know.

    Steaming pusbag.
  3. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    On the one hand, good for him for standing on his principles. On the other, isn't this him biting the hand that feeds him?
  4. TheMethod

    TheMethod Member

    I'm curious as to how you see this as "biting the hand that feeds him," considering that hand no longer feeds him.
  5. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    Makes it easy to root for the Sun-Times in that market if the Tribune, emerging from bankruptcy, keeps Michaels around in any capacity whatsoever.
  6. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Subject line is wee bit full of hyperbole, isn't it?
  7. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Fair use, given the top-level machinations here, and how the big wheels are clearly playing "scratch
    my back", to the detriment of the
    writer -- let alone the public.
  8. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    It is scary, and incredibly disappointing and sickening, that somebody like Randy Michaels is in charge of a major media company.
  9. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    If the Tribune Co. is going to go forward into a post-Zell era, shouldn't it be without Zell and all of his bobos?

    How Michaels or Lee Abrams or any of the other scoundrels can hang onto jobs in what is supposed to be a new era -- convincing customers and staff that there is a chance for survival, with the foul-mouthed barbarian out -- is a mystery.
  10. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Not a bit... try explaining yourself.
  11. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    So it's Big Brother that an article get pulled from a Web site because an exec doesn't like it? Stuff gets pulled from the Web all the time. Not saying it's right, but I've seen worse.
  12. Xsportschick

    Xsportschick Member

    You must have missed the part where Michaels, after a night of drinking at a radio convention, pulled two AMFM producers aside and proceded to grill them on their coworkers. Did I mention after a night of drinking? Yeah, so Michaels records the whole conversation (Big Brotheresque-y, eh?), fires the producers and proceeds to use the info he got from them to hack away at the rest of the staff.

    Back in his Jacor days, Michaels introduced himself to employees at recently acquired stations by holding a mandatory staff meeting and opening it by mooning those present.

    Maybe that's not scary. But it sure is creepy.
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