Last Friday, sources and people affected let me know that the Orange County Register had just laid off people in their sales department, with figures ranging from a believable six to an unbelievable 70. So we went straight to the top: owner Aaron Kushner and his Minister of Information, Eric Morgan. To his credit, Kushner responded pretty quickly; to his discredit, he launched into full-on spin mode of the worst kind, the Orwellian Doublespeak that newspaper executives have made into a black art.
"We're hiring sales people right now- [sic] there were not 70 people laid off yesterday," Kushner wrote via email. "We reset a small part of our internal sales team as we grow our overall and field sales team."
Um, what? Man, I'd prefer Kushner say "Layoffs?" in the same tone former Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Mora did years ago instead of his weak-ass response.More »