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McClatchy CEO comes out strong for papers in Miami Herald interview

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Jersey_Guy, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. Jersey_Guy

    Jersey_Guy Active Member


    A highlight:

  2. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Saying you don't believe in hacking jobs -- good.
    Actually following through and not hacking jobs -- great.
  3. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    What a great interview. I loved these two quotes:

    "The other thing newspapers offer that other media lack is authoritativeness. While there's a great appetite for blogs and other Internet activities, they're often just opinion. You know how they always said if you give 1,000 chimps typewriters they'll eventually write Shakespeare? The Internet has disproved that."

    "They always say invest in companies that idiots can run because one day they will. Well, a lot of idiots ran newspapers. And they still were very profitable."
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I hope they are sincere, but this type of noise is typical when one company buys another.

    When (or if) the belt tightening starts? Forget about it.
  5. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't call it typical. I've been through a few sales and/or changes in CEOs and publishers, and the usual line of bullshit includes a big dose of managementspeak jargon and -- here's when you know they're lying -- "we plan no major changes at this time" ("this time" being approximately one month). McClatchy has a history of doing right by its papers and people; I think Pruitt is sincere. From what I've read, he doesn't seem to speak as if from a flack-produced script, and I've got to give him the benefit of the doubt for at least that much.
  6. tonysoprano

    tonysoprano Member

    I don't believe any of it for a second. Check back with me down the road.
  7. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    While we're talking McClatchy, any word on Wilkes-Barre? Bids were due earlier this month, I think.
  8. franticscribe

    franticscribe Well-Known Member

    Sold to a former publisher of the T-L: http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/14905209.htm
  9. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    i'm sure he believes every word he says. i have no doubt because mclatchy has proven itself over the years. journalists should cheer for this to work and everyone at former KR and now mcclatchy papers should be ecstatic.

    but it used to be a company with a couple of newspapers. then it had a half dozen newspapers and was still a great firm. suddenly it's the nation's second-largest newspaper company. although it's still family controlled, plenty of family-controlled, publicly-traded companies have found themselves at wall street's mercy after major expansion. family can still maintain 50.1 percent, but it doesn't take much to cede control to a non-family member, and then it becomes like any other newspaper corporation.

    here's hoping that doesn't happen, but the pessimist in me sees it coming down the road.
  10. tonysoprano

    tonysoprano Member

    Um, no, I don't. I have a problem trusting people in authority positions, and anything they say.
  11. sportymcgee

    sportymcgee Member

    Pruitt spoke to our staff shortly after the sale was announced. He was nothing short of impressive. So much more so than anything I ever saw out of Uncle Tony.
  12. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    A business guy comes along and says something nice about the newspaper biz, things we all have believed among ourselves for years.
    And what happens here?
    He gets jeered and doubted.
    No wonder the public distrusts journalists.
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