As His Reporters Prepare for Layoffs, OC Register Editor Rob Curley Goes to the Ballpark

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Orange County Register editor Rob Curley has never been popular in the newsroom, but he's less so this week, as the paper prepares for buyouts and layoffs that might reduce them by 100. But Curley is causing an uproar among reporters right now for fiddling while Rome burns--scratch that, for going to the ballpark and having a gay old time while his reporters float in agonizing limbo.

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Yesterday, he was at an Angels game, according to his Twitter account:

Before that, the Padres:

Now, it might be that Curley's way of dealing with the pain of running a modern-day newspaper is baseball--every editor has their crutch (mine is alcohol and Grand Theft Auto V). But the move is not endearing Curley to his reporters.

"As his staff worries about their next paychecks, he tweeted out that he's taking in the Angel game tonight," wrote one Regger, who requested anonymity. "Why he would tweet that, I don't know. Seems cold to me."

Another was less civil. "Not surprising, considering he's a damn moron."

Stay tuned...

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jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

The demise of the Register proves once again that there is a GOD.  


I have claimed for years that the Register is just another piece of scrap in the junkyard of second-rate journalism.  Specifically, my beef was the blatant libeling propaganda conducted by the Register's commentary writer, Frank Mickadeit, who wrote at least six outrageously false stories essentially trying to con the public into thinking I was conducting some kind of criminal enterprises from within the Minuteman Project.  


Peculiarly, these fantasies were written and published after the Minuteman Project sued one of Mickadeit's friends for various torts.  Those law suits were won repeatedly in Superior Court.  I also proved in court every single one of Mickadeit's lies as the ugly propaganda they were, much to his disappointment.


Mickadeit is a delusional fool commonly known to violate the most elementary cannons of professional journalism.  Hopefully, he is not representative of most writers on the Register staff.


Good riddance to DIRTY JOURNALIST Frank Mickadeit.  Welcome L. A. Times; a newspaper that maintains a much higher caliber of professionalism in the newspaper industry.


Jim Gilchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project

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JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

I was furloughed by the Weekly since last Thursday...well, actually, I was out of town on a short getaway...and am just catching up now. 

Best comment from this entire mess might be from trixie53, below: 

"Aaron keeps giving these stupid speeches about our community.  He hasn't even moved here!"  

And whatever Rob Curley is on in that video...I'll have what he's having.  

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Hopefully
Hopefully

The video from youtube is hilarious!  Who in the heck would hire such a moran!!

reader
reader

Steve Fryer: How brave of you to sign a post without saying that you work for the Register. Your comments could be taken as -- what's the word I'm looking for -- brown-nosing by some. But seriously, if you honestly think that it was OK for Curley to tweet that he was going to baseball games while his staff is thinking how about how in the hell they're going to be put out multiple newspapers with fewer people, then you really shouldn't be in newspapers. You have no idea how the papers get out every night, do you? Why don't you sit on the copy desk one night and see how the copy editors and designers do their work? Then you MIGHT understand why there's outrage. And if you think it was OK for Curley to tweet about going to baseball games while many of his soon-to-be-ex staff think about how they're going to pay their mortgages or rent and for their food, then you really have your head up your ass. If Curley went to the games because his relative was just called up, he could have said so. Otherwise, why in the hell would ANYONE care that he went to some baseball games? 

trixie53
trixie53

The OC Register is imploding.  But besides criticizing the owners, put the blame where the blame is due.  His upper management team is Mike Burns and Wanda Artus-Cooper.  They are just as responsible for this mess as Aaron and Eric.  They are making their big incomes while they kiss ass and do nothing to generate a positive work place.  All these people aren't even from Orange County and know nothing about our community.  Aaron keeps giving these stupid speeches about our community.  He hasn't even moved here!

trixie53
trixie53

The OC Register is imploding.  But besides criticizing the owners, put the blame where the blame is due.  His upper management team is Mike Burns and Wanda Artus-Cooper.  They are just as responsible for this mess as Aaron and Eric.  They are making their big incomes while they kiss ass and do nothing to generate a positive work place.  All these people aren't even from Orange County and know nothing about our community.  Aaron keeps giving these stupid speeches about our community.  He hasn't even moved here!

BBAIN
BBAIN

GTA 5 is quite addictive, I agree.

SteveFryer
SteveFryer

I am willing to go on the record with my real name to say I am OUTRAGED that anyone would do anything enjoyable when their work day is done.


Just like no U.S. president should EVER play golf, or ride a bike around the ranch in Texas or go sailing. 

WORK WORK WORK is what we all should be doing! Recreation is for losers!


(Full disclosure -- I went to the Angels game Sunday instead of organizing the garage. I felt guilty the whole time.)

sherreeg
sherreeg

The Register quoted Rob Curley as saying he was impressed that readers clipped articles and pictures from the paper, implying that journalism was a "keepsake," which jibes with Kushner's background in greeting cards. This trivializes news and information, which isn't always convenient for readers to know.


After the Register saw fit to make Eric Cantor's historic Senate loss a bottom fold, front page teaser, I canceled my subscription to this "Weekly Reader" of newspapers. I'm offended by the paper's rightwing, Libertarian editorial policies, if they have any policies at all. Holding a finger in the air and printing what you think readers want to read is not news. The worst insult is to expect me to pay for it.

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

Remember the Golden Rule: "The person who has the gold, makes the rules."

WideStance
WideStance

@crotch-hair I can't stop chuckling (not from insensitivity about the gravity of the situation,) but from  wondering, was I the only one watching this, waiting for this guy to scream "WINNING!" at the end? Tiger Blood! 

Disappointed
Disappointed

@trixie53 

Trixie53 is correct. Aaron has to cut payroll because the revenue numbers can't support it. The revenue was to come from Burns, Artus-Cooper and Blair. This team led Aaron to believe their was revenue potential where there clearly was not. To add insult to injury, Burns was promoted to publisher of the Press Enterprise for his non-performance.

Disappointed
Disappointed

@trixie53 

Trixie53 is correct. Aaron is has to cut payroll because the revenue numbers don't support it. The revenue was to come from Burns, Artus-Cooper and Blair and these folks obviously led Aaron to believe their was revenue potential where there clearly was not. To add insult to injury, Burns was promoted to publisher of the Press Enterprise for his non-performance

alpacarules
alpacarules

Very good insights to the big problems. We should all just hire yes men/women.

Disappointed
Disappointed

@trixie53 

Trixie53 is correct. Aaron is has to cut payroll because the revenue numbers don't support it. The revenue was to come from Burns, Artus-Cooper and Blair. This team led Aaron to believe their was revenue potential where there clearly was not. To add insult to injury, Burns was promoted to publisher of the Press Enterprise for his non-performance.

WideStance
WideStance

@SteveFryer Apparently the part of your brain that puts information in context is still at the ballgame, or did you forget to mention WHICH organization YOU head where your employees are awaiting action from YOU to determine the future of their paychecks? Do they all work in your garage? Your presidential analogy is absurd, as all the recent ones, FAR from being overworked,  caused more damage ON the job than OFF!

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@SteveFryer Steve: You're a trooper. If only your colleagues were as impressed with Curley and your bosses as you...

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

@GustavoArellano If fuckface had gone to the game without a twitter-brag, no-one would give a damn.  

anonymously
anonymously

@SteveFryer @GustavoArellano He went to the Padres game because his cousin just got called up by the Nats and was making one of his first-ever MLB starts. Seems reasonable to go and support the kid, no? If you're gonna "report" by stalking social media at least do a decent job of it....

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