Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Speaking truth to power, a laid-off sports editor at a Gannett newspaper in New Jersey filed his final column for the paper —
an indictment of parent company Gannett, owner of five Louisiana newspapers including The Daily Advertiser — and it actually appeared in the paper’s print issue the day after his termination. Sports Editor Frank DiLeo was among more than 45 newsroom employees purged as part of a Gannett consolidation at three New Jersey papers. “For the second time in two years, I am being laid off from my job as sports editor of The Daily Record,” DiLeo writes. “Why? You’ll have to ask Gannett management that question yourself, because I’ve never received anything resembling an explanation. My guess is that we’re all victims of corporate greed...” Suffice it to say DiLeo’s column did not appear in the newspaper’s online edition, but you should check it out on Gannett blog — it’ll break your heart.

And now to us, The Independent Weekly. Hopefully not many readers know by now that we have an opening for an account executive, because we’ve been advertising the position badly. For nearly a week — in print, on our website and in the INDsider daily email — we urged applicants to “email resume’s to” our address on Jefferson Street. Ouch! We suspect the poor execution is more typographical than grammatical — a ham-handed substitution of the accent mark over the second e in résumé with a possessive.

When Louisiana political columnist John Maginnis last week issued a correction to his LA Politics column indicating that in fact Democrat Nathan Granger leads Republican Jonathan Perry — by 20 points no less — in the state Senate District 26 race, we were curious how loudly the Louisiana Democratic Party would trumpet the news. Granger’s lead is an encouraging development for Dems, given that they have not only taken a drubbing at the polls of late, but high profile Democrats have been defecting to the GOP in droves, most recently Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. It turns out the state Dems aren’t playing a trumpet — they’re blowing a kazoo. There’s no mention of the race or of Granger on the state party’s website, which proudly displays photos on its home page of such prominent elected party officials as Barack Obama (there’s a popular one in the Pelican State), Mary Landrieu, Charlie Melancon (now a lobbyist) and Caldwell (now a Republican). In fairness, the mugs of Melancon and Caldwell were replaced by newly minted Congressman Cedric Richmond about 24 hours later. But with a party apparatus like that, who can blame the Caldwells in the party for jumping ship?

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