Monday, November 7, 2011

Mgt. to NY Daily News Staffers: 'Drop Dead'

American journalist Joseph Medill Patterson (1...Image via WikipediaIn fairness, the tone of the poor economy-based staff reductions announced at the New York Daily News do not match the tabloid's famous Ford to City: Drop Dead headline regarding a 1975 speech delivered by President Gerald Ford in which he opposed bailing out New York from an imminent bankruptcy.

Still, the nation's fourth-largest selling daily newspaper, according to Audit Bureau of Circulations figures, has laid off 10 newsroom staffers, according to reports in The New York Post and the blog. Among those pink-slipped were veteran political reporter Frank Lombardi, City Hall scribe Kate Lucadamo, photog John Roca and 43-year News veteran Bob Kappstatter, the Deputy Police Bureau Chief.

The News would not confirm the staff shake-up, which comes on the heels of the October 14 departure of  managing editor Stuart Marques. No doubt, Joseph Medill Patterson, who founded the Daily News in 1919, is turning over in his grave.

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