Yesterday, The Oklahoman announced that they are firing 57 employees. The announcement came in a carefully worded, looks-like-it-was-written-by-a-PR firm, news “article.” I quoted the word “article,” because it’s really nothing more than a press release. If you need proof, just check out the first sentence. It looks like Renzi Stone wrote it.
The jobs of 57 employees at The Oklahoman were eliminated Wednesday in response to a struggling advertising environment that affects all traditional media in this country.
After reading the “article,” I did something that’s kind of embarrassing. I scrolled to the bottom of the page to take a look at the reader comments. That’s never a good thing. NewsOK comments are on the same level as YouTube comments. You read them at your own risk. The only difference between the two is that YouTube comments are generally “This vid sux”¦lol” or “yes yes yesï»¿ this is great!”, whereas the NewsOK.com comments are generally long rants about abortion or have something to do with Clay Bennett stealing the Sonics.
Anyway, instead of seeing comments, I saw this:
You can’t really complain about this too much. The Oklahoman does have a commenting policy that gives them a good out. Basically, they don’t allow comments on editorials, crime news or stories that have to do with fatalities. Since the “article” about the layoffs has to do with the slow painful death of the print industry and The Oklahoman, I guess it can fall under that clause.
That being said, it is kind of screwy that their news article was a press release and they blocked comments. Since they obviously want this story to go away and die, we’re going to give it more life and publish the real email that Publisher David Thompson sent to all OPUBCO employees.
Granted, there is nothing really new in the email. It’s kind of soft like the “article,” but it does have a more human element. For example, David does request that supervisors post his email in common areas. That way, the employees without email access can share the same fear, frustration and uncertainty that their Ethernet connected coworkers face.
Anyway, check it out after the jump.
Today we begin the Ogle Madness games in the West Region. This region is the final stop of the first round. All games will be played in Guymon.
(1) Carrie Underwood vs. (16) Scott Bradley
(8) Toby Keith vs. (9) Chera Kimiko
(4) Bob Stoops vs. (13) Video Vigilante
(5) Thunder Girls vs. (12) Ed Kelley
Vote for after the jump.
Today’s Ogle Madness games come from the top half of the East Region. Here are the match ups:
(6) Mark Rodgers vs. (11) Ferris O’Brien
(3) Lauren Richardson vs. (14) The Mathis Brothers
(7) Berry Trammel vs. (10) Jack and Ron
(2) Sam Bradford vs. (15) Tom Coburn/Jim Inhofe
Read about each participant and vote after the jump!
A few weeks ago, a Lost Ogle reader let us know about a recent experience he had with the Oklahoman editorial staff. It started after he got up the nerve to email of those “letter to the editor” things. Here is the letter:
The responses to James Mitchell’s comments (Your Views, Jan. 20) overlooked a significant fact about Sarah Palin: She took an oath of office and committed to serve as the Governor of Alaska. However, when she realized that it would be more fun to write a book, travel the country, and go on TV; she quit. She defied her commitment and responsibility in favor of becoming a celebrity. Why would any thinking American want a president or vice-president who might quit when she sees something else that would be more fun? We need someone who has the integrity, maturity, and intelligence to honor commitments.
““ Jim Watson
If you ask me, that’s a decent letter to the editor. It’s kind of biased, brings up a few points, and overall, is relatively harmless. That is, of course, unless you are J.E. McReynolds (the chief editorial writer of the Oklahoman). Check out J.E.’s unsolicited response to the letter after the jump.
The first thing I thought when I saw the little duo was “That’s nice that The Oklahoman beat reporters are such good friends.” The second thing I thought was “Those guys sure are cute and cuddly.” The third thing I thought was “I wonder if they stand on stools during interviews?”
Seriously, either Berry Tramel is a giant, or it looks like the Oklahoman became an 80’s sitcom and now only hires short black guys as beat reporters. I think the last tiny white guy they hired was Andrew Gilman, and I think that was in 90s! Who knows, maybe Scott Munn wants the place to himself, but we should probably have Jenni Carlson investigate this story. That way, it will remain a mystery forever. We love mysteries.
* There is a 99% chance that the set-up for this story is totally fabricated.
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