Re: The Line Out the Door

A Dallas Morning News staffer who is taking the buyout offers the following concerning editor Bob Mong's comments:

"'What I said in a memo to the staff when the press release [announcing the buyouts] came out was, if someone wants to get out of what is a very dynamic environment for daily metropolitan newspapers—if they want to get off the train—this is a good time to do it. I think if that's what they want to do, as much as we can, we should let them do it.' -- BOB MONG

I just couldn't let this go one more time. I think I speak not just for myself, but for others in arts and entertainment and lifestyles when I say that this is a crock of shit. No place in the paper has been more 'dynamic' than the fourth floor of DMN, particularly lifestyles. We have turned on a dime every time someone in upper management decided we needed to change directions, themes, readership (suburban, busy moms, urban sophisticates, etc., etc.). We have turned on a dime and done it as well as we possibly can, and there is no respect for that at all. This statement that management is spouting is evidence of that. How dare they? They insinuate that by leaving we can't take the heat of change. What the hell do they think leaving entails??? Most of us will reinvent ourselves, enter other careers or jobs, try to drum up business. Some of us don't have any idea how we will make a living. If that is not change, if that is not dynamic , then I don't know what is!"

--Robert Wilonsky

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