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Music critic who sued his paper is fired in sweeping layoffs

Among the 50 journalists who have been handed their cards on the Plain Dealer is Donald Rosenberg, the classical music critic who sued the paper after it removed him from the Cleveland Orchestra beat. He lost. Now, along with many other fine writers, he has also, reportedly, lost his job.

It’s the way print media is crumbling. First the backbone goes, then the breath of life.

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  1. PK Miller says:

    When biting the hand that feeds you make sure you have another feeding source. Not necessarily an “Old Chinese Proverb,” rather a new AMERICAN “proverb” courtesy of yours truly, PK Miller. I hate to engage in what seems like gratuitous union bashing but if people hadn’t gotten so greedy… More and more print newspapers are folding, decreasing frequency, d/cing print editions altogether. I still prefer print newspapers–read 4 of them/day. Then too, I am, alas, 4 months away from the Big Seven Oh and Tim & I are, admittedly “A couple of old fuddy-duddies” as my niece put it years ago! It is difficult to read everything on line if I do get newsfeeds from various other sources. We need to be realistic. People on both sides of the aisle need to work TOGETHER. Or, as Ben Franklin put it centuries ago, We shall indeed, all hang separately. End of sermon.

    • I think it’s the owners more than the Newspaper Guild that got greedy, PK. Especially big corporate chains, many of whom paid way too much to buy up newspapers in the ’90s and early ’00s and got sunk by too much debt. (That, and wanting to pay the corporate officers too much.)

      As for Don Rosenberg, I think it’s a fair bet he would have been laid off even if there had never been any controversy about his coverage of the Cleveland Orchestra, simply because he had been there so long and had likely built up a relatively high salary over the years.

  2. William Ledbetter says:

    I disagree about the theory that ‘greedy unions’ are at fault for the decline of print media. Anyone with an eye on the macrochanges to the US economy in the last 40 years will note that ‘Corporate America’ is a euphomism for the Executive Suite. 90% of most corporations have shipped overseas, leaving behind the bigwigs.

    As unions desperately try to hold onto their gains (gains that were earned with much blood and toil over the last 100 years), they get bashed for holding the corporation back from being ‘competitive’.

    And we tar the union with the label ‘greedy’.

    Well, America, take a long look at your economic prospects. You have a few Pleutocrats in controls of your economy, your media and your political and judicial structures. The rest of you have become increasingly powerless. It’s obvious to see from overseas. The regular American worker now is perhaps less represented than they were at any time since the era of the Trusts. And the ‘creep’ of disownership is moving slowly up from the blue collar to the white.

    I truly fear for our country.

  3. James Chater says:

    If printed media engaged with the issues that mattered to ordinary people, they might sell more copies. They might lose advertisers as well.

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