Like many of you, I’ve been through my share of these things — you know, where some hotshot from corporate flies in, takes over the biggest office in the building, closes the door, and then one-by-one calls in those who will no longer be employed due to downsizing, or whatever the word of the day is.
But to do it over the holidays? Cold-blooded.
The sad moment has arrived when we must go forth with the editorial staff reductions that we discussed in person with all of you several weeks ago. Employees in the affected positions will be notified today. Much of this has already happened on the business side, and today we will be letting staff on the editorial side know where we will be eliminating positions. This is a very difficult day, and one that we approach with enormous regret.
Anyone whose job (or job category) is affected will meet today with a senior member of the editorial team. No one will be asked to leave before December 31st (and many will stay at least into mid-January). Managers will be getting in touch later this afternoon with groups of affected employees to let them know when and where their particular meeting will take place. After the meetings with management, you should feel free to speak with Holly Antiuk or Lauren Strada for more specifics on all aspects of this transition. We are working to ensure that the process is handled as sensitively as possible.
Tina & Baba
Anyway, you’d think a left-wing, Obama-worshipping gajillionaire like Tina Brown would spend what would likely be pocket change to hold off on this kind of devastating news until after the holidays.
After all, isn’t Tina Brown — one of the dahlings of the left-wing media — practicing the kind of heartless corporate chicanery most dahlings in the left-wing media go out of their way to spotlight and criticize?
Newsweek’s been a bankrupt piece of garbage for years now. What’s another thirty days in exchange for showing a little humanity during the holiday season? And I don’t care how big the golden parachutes might be; you’re still having your life pulled out from under you during the very worst time of year for anything like that to happen.
If our country’s Tina Browns weren’t so smugly sanctimonious when those who aren’t left-wing media dahlings do something like this, I probably wouldn’t be popping off. But just imagine our insufferable, class warrior-media had Donald Trump dropped that memo 18 days before Christmas.
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