Insiders Take Potshots at Freedom Communications
Author, sociologist and working-class advocate Barbara Ehrenreich recently spoke about being confronted by a foe who accused her of engaging in class warfare, to which Ehrenreich responded that's absolutely true but her side in not the one that started the war.
Who knew class-warfare skirmishes could be erupting in the libertarian-built halls of the Orange County Register and its Irvine-based parent company, Freedom Communications?
A Navel Gazing post from three weeks ago about mixed-messages employees received at the financially troubled Register continues to generate some interesting comments from apparent insiders.
To recap, newsroom employees reeling from diminished 401Ks, a freeze on raises and increased workloads brought on by a company initiative to boost its web presence were not exactly cheered up when publisher Terry Horne (right) huddled them together to say that "sometimes, life isn't fair," cost-cutting strategies would remain in effect for at least another year and everyone had to work to increase visits to ocregister.com.
Horne's reverse rah-rahing was not appreciated by some who's read on the company's intranet about a February "Celebration of Success" breakfast at a tony Newport Coast resort for advertising salespeople and executives. Gifts were distributed, and 18 lucky "Publisher's Council" honorees were informed they'd be jetting off to all-expenses paid trips to Maui.
Early commenters to the post defended incentives for the employees who generate revenue for the Register and the writers who create the content that generates advertising interest. But more recent comments from March 24 and today take potshots at the Irvine-based, Register-parent Freedom Communications.
She calls Freedom "hypocritical and corrupt" and wonders how their corporate president and CEO Scott N. Flanders (left), who supposedly earns $5 million, can be exempt from mandatory
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