Tronc's Daily News Layoffs Are Bad For New York And Democracy

A Sad Time To Be A Journalist: Tronc Boots Half The Editorial Staff At The NY Daily News

Imagine showing up to work on Monday morning, only to discover that your company is booting half of its employees — and you're one of them.

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Mondays are never pleasant. But imagine showing up to work on Monday morning, only to discover that your company is booting half of its employees — and you're one of them.

That's exactly the situation that editorial staff at the New York Daily News faced this week, when a meeting was called to inform them that the company would be laying off approximately half of its newsroom. Grant Whitmore, vice president and general manager of the paper's parent company, Tronc, oversaw the meeting, telling staffers to check their emails to learn more about the company's plans to "restructure."

When the emails finally arrived, Tronc's "talent and engagement team" explained its decision to staffers by stating: "We are reducing today the size of the editorial team by approximately 50 percent and refocusing much of our talent on breaking news — especially in areas of crime, civil justice and responsibility."

Apparently, only half of the employees at the Daily News are capable of such coverage. Who knew?

In addition to doing away with 50 percent of its editorial staff, the Daily News also laid off Editor-in-Chief Jim Rich and its managing editor, Kristen Lee. Robert York, the top editor at The Morning Call, is said to be replacing Rich.

In response to the decision, Jim Rich tweeted: "If you hate democracy and think local governments should operate unchecked and in the dark, then today is a good day for you." And despite the Twitter trolls claiming that his statement is melodramatic, it's difficult for anyone who gives a damn about the future of journalism to disagree with it.

To make matters worse, Tronc also announced that it will be laying off staffers at its other papers, including the Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun, "today and tomorrow." And while the company claims these cuts won't be as severe, its decisions continue to raise concerns for journalists everywhere.

Job security has been a waning concept in the United States, especially in more creative fields — journalism included. But Tronc's move is particularly discouraging for anyone looking to pursue a career in writing.

Not only does Tronc's move essentially confirm the notion that print media is a "dying field," but it tells aspiring professionals that they can be callously let go without a second thought. And while the shift to digital news isn't necessarily something to frown upon, corporations are bound to use it as fuel to cut costs and do away with salaried positions.

The current political atmosphere in the United States won't help motivate young journalists either. With major political figures, including Donald Trump, constantly devaluing the field and deeming it "fake news," it's a wonder that young people even still want to break into this industry.

And how can we fight this push against journalism, when the companies that should be defending media professionals are hurting them instead?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged Tronc to reconsider its massive cuts, and we're inclined to agree with his stance on the matter. Additionally, communities need to push their news organizations to fight for their staffers. Otherwise, it's possible we'll soon see other companies follow Tronc's lead.

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18 Bible Verses That Prove God Would NOT Be 'Pro-Life'

Stop using the Bible as an excuse to take away women's rights.

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"Abortion is WRONG because God (the highest authority) says so! Not because I say so, or "religious" people say so or the government says so...because the CREATOR OF ALL HUMAN LIFE SAYS SO."

This argument is bullshit and I'm sick of hearing it, because it just isn't true. All these Christians claim that the Bible and God says that abortion is wrong, and it's clear they've never read the Bible. Have you ever seen them use a biblical verse to validate their claims? Yeah, me neither. And you know why? BECAUSE THE BIBLE IS NOT PRO-LIFE. They pick and choose vague verses to attempt to back up these ridiculous claims, completely ignoring the damning evidence that the Bible, and therefore God, actually supports child murder, infanticide, and abortion.

Unlike pro-lifers, I'll actually provide some evidence:

1. Numbers 31:17 "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him"

2. Deuteronomy 2:34 "And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain"

3. Deuteronomy 28:53 "And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the seige, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee"

4. 1 Samuel 15:3 "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass"

5. Isaiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished"

6. Isaiah 13:18 "Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children"

7. Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house"

8. Hosea 9:14 "Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts"

9. Hosea 13:16 "Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up"

10. 2 Kings 2:24 "And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them"

11. Psalm 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones"

12. Numbers 5:21 "-here the priest is to put the woman under his curse- "may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell"

13. Hosea 9:16 "Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb"

14. Psalm 135:8 "He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and of beast;"

15. Psalm 136:10 "-to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever"

16. 2 Kings 6:28-29 "And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.So we boiled by son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son"

17. Leviticus 26:29 "And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat"

18. Jeremiah 11:22 "Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:"


Stop using your religion to try and push propoganda that "God says abortion is wrong because it kills innocent children." Clearly your God doesn't care about killing children. There is more than enough proof that the Bible and God are NOT pro-life. Stop acting like you're good Christians upholding the values of God when you clearly haven't picked up the Bible and actually read it. God doesn't agree with your backwards thinking. Maybe try do your research before spewing your religious bullshit to try and take away women's rights.

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