This week's Independent Weekly cover story on Gannett Co., the Virginia-based media giant that owns The Daily Advertiser, was picked up yesterday by Gannett Blog, run by one of the chain's former editors. The blog wrote, "In a heartbreaking story worth reading to the very last sentence, The Independent Weekly tells a harrowing tale about Gannett's stewardship of The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, La. The 143-year-old daily got swept up in the $1 billion Thomson Newspapers deal in mid-2000."
That post has since set off a firestorm of responses, one calling The Independent a "bitter publication trying to take ad revenues from the Advetiser (sic)."
There is also this:
this story is the same for many many gannett papers. a small paper in the midwest ranked in the top 5 for profit in gannett in 2005 and 2006. Now it is nearly dismantled.
But many of the posts -- all anonymous of course -- get mighty personal, especially when it comes to Daily Advertiser Publisher Leslie Hurst, who did not return The Independent's phone or e-mail requests for an interview for the story.
Leslie Hurst has got to be the WORST Publisher in company. When she came to Lansing the 1st thing she did was to fire her admin assistant and hire someone with a different look, the new one wore high heels and shorty suits.
She then instructed all department heads to inform thier (sic) employees never to come into her office when she was not there (she changed the locks) and if she was there not to talk to her directly. She has a closed door policy. Not what you would expect in a publisher.
Another blogger wrote:
Gosh, I just feel so bad for the people in Lafayette. I was there when she had her way in Huntington. She was so hard on the little people, especially in production and classified.
Read 'em all here and check back later cause they're coming in at a pretty steady pace.
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
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