Newspaper, heal thyself!

Newspaper, heal thyself!

In my ongoing effort get newspapers to live up to the same standard they thrust upon everyone else, today we’ll turn to the Chicago Tribune.  sucks
I suppose you have to give them some credit for running the story at all, but then they buried it at the bottom of the page 8 Saturday business section (Saturday’s edition is the least read newspaper).
You see, as a result of their miserly tendencies, this vast media company will have to cough up $660,000 to cover Trib-Local reporters’ overtime they simply refused to pay. The problem was, the folks in the ivory newspaper tower unilaterally decided that the rules all other employers have to follow didn’t apply to them.
So no matter how many weekly hours these folks toiled, the Trib bosses unilaterally decided that five hours of overtime is all they’d get. And those editors/executives knew damn well that, not only were they delegating 50 to 60 hours of assignments per week, but they were violating FEDERAL law by cutting off their overtime off at 5 hours.
Ah! But the reporters took ’em to court where the judge basically said the Tribune’s antics didn’t even come close to passing the laugh test.
What the Trib editors/executives figured was, since print media jobs are so hard to come by, these least of their employees wouldn’t dare complain because they were grateful to have a job and they harbored the vain notion they’d eventually catch on with the main paper.
And their nefarious scheme would’ve worked had they not shown their “gratitude” for all that hard work by firing those reporters and hiring Journatics to do their local reporting. Well…that was until Journatics got caught plagiarizing copy and basically making things up. So our holier than thou Chicago paper defiantly fired Journatics until quietly hiring them back in December.
One must stand on their principles no matter how difficult.
The thing is, if any other Chicago company tried to pull this kind of illegal crap, the Tribune would be on their pasty white asses like Javert on a French bread thief. In the most massive irony of all, the Trib corporate office then refused comment to their very own reporter!
Where’s John Kass when you really need him? And newspapers have the nerve to wonder why they’re going the way of the floppy disk.

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