Insiders Take Potshots at Freedom Communications
Who knew class-warfare skirmishes could be erupting in the libertarian-built halls of the Orange County Register and its Irvine-based parent company, Freedom Communications?
A Navel Gazing post from three weeks ago about mixed-messages employees received at the financially troubled Register continues to generate some interesting comments from apparent insiders.
Horne's reverse rah-rahing was not appreciated by some who's read on the company's intranet about a February "Celebration of Success" breakfast at a tony Newport Coast resort for advertising salespeople and executives. Gifts were distributed, and 18 lucky "Publisher's Council" honorees were informed they'd be jetting off to all-expenses paid trips to Maui.
Early commenters to the post defended incentives for the employees who generate revenue for the Register and the writers who create the content that generates advertising interest. But more recent comments from March 24 and today take potshots at the Irvine-based, Register-parent Freedom Communications.
"R.C. Hoiles" is not really the long-deceased Santa Ana Register founder but "an ad gal" from another Freedom paper. "The sales incentive trips are not for the sales people but for the suits that tag along and use them as free junkets," she writes. "We recently went to the Bahamas and there were more than 40 suits there who did nothing to win the trips."