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Occupy the New York Times

Filed under: General — Karl @ 8:42 am

[Posted by Karl]

Income inequality at the Progressive Death Star:

Janet Robinson, who will step down as chief executive of the New York Times Co on December 31, will receive an exit package in excess of $15 million, according to people familiar with the situation.

In addition to a $4.5 million consulting fee, the Times Co will pay Robinson $10.9 million in pension benefits that she accrued over 28 years of service, they said.


News of Robinson’s severance agreement comes during the same week that a wave of buyouts hit the newsroom of the flagship New York Times and the company disclosed that it was in talks to sell 16 regional newspapers to Halifax Media Holdings. More than a dozen newsroom staffers reportedly took buyouts, among them well-known bylines including sports writer George Vecsey, metro columnist Clyde Haberman, and business reporter Diana Henriques.

I do not begrudge Robinson her golden parachute, as she helped turn arund the paper’s fortunes, quickly repaying the $250 million bailout they took from Mexican monopolist billionaire Carlos Slim, and selling off noncore assets (Granted, the paper’s failure would not have bothered me much, either).  But given that the paper finds it scandalous that Mitt Romney continues to profit from Bain Capital because the firm (gasp) turns some companies around by right-sizing them, some derisive laughter at the NYT’s expense is in order.

Indeed, looking at how the NYT runs piece after piece about storming the capitalist castle, the shrinking middle-class, moaning that most Americans are delusional for thinking they are the haves, and advocating an inequality tax, I wonder why the unwashed hipsters occupying Wall Street don’t shamble over to the NYTHQ, a progressive palace built for the paper on government-seized property and given $26.1 million in tax breaks.  I do not wonder about the blind eye the remaining Timesmen and Timeswomen turn to the income inequality at their own business.  After all, the NYT is now fixated on the issue everywhere but the paper for the same reason Team Obama is — they would much rather continue to curse the last three decades than defend the past three years.


47 Responses to “Occupy the New York Times”

  1. Ding!

    Karl (f07e38)

  2. Where is Occupy Wall Street?

    Where is Evo Morales to call for the nationalization of the NYT?

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  3. I wish I could get a cool $15m for running something into the ground. I could do that any day of the week!

    Colonel Haiku (8699c3)

  4. The recession is fading huzzah…………..not.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  5. It’s hard to defy that which tells you how and what to think.

    Icy (311d3f)

  6. How much more is Carlos Slim willing to lose on this endeavor

    narciso (87e966)

  7. This is where Simon Jester is right, and where the whole Occupy movement comes to a screeching halt – at the end of the day, these keffiyeh-wearing progs are just partisan hacks, or at least burgeoning partisan hacks. At least the Tea Party has the good sense to hate both parties and their media lackeys (almost) equally.

    Except for the misplaced faith in Fox News, which you guys should realize is feeding you a line the same way the New York Times is feeding their partisans a line… but I suppose that’s a conversation for another time.

    Leviticus (241540)

  8. Better to curse the darkness than to make a candle, which would require a real skill.

    AD-RtR/OS! (7fc5e6)

  9. Comment by narciso — 12/22/2011 @ 10:03 am

    Did you not notice Karl’s comment that Slim was repaid his $250MM?

    AD-RtR/OS! (7fc5e6)

  10. More stuff the NYT ignores:

    “…On March 24, 2009, David Ogden, who was Deputy Attorney General at the time, announced new efforts with Project Gunrunner ‘as directed by the president.’ Ogden says he and Attorney General Eric Holder are taking ‘several new and aggressive steps as part of the administration’s comprehensive plan‘…”
    H/T- Instapundit @ 1240ET

    AD-RtR/OS! (7fc5e6)

  11. Whatever happened to:

    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass!

    AZ Bob (7d2a2c)

  12. The bank repossessed it, just have a curtain now at the end of the pup-tent.

    AD-RtR/OS! (7fc5e6)

  13. David Ogden… wasn’t he the cat who played the effete Winchester toward the end of the “MASH” TV series?

    Colonel Haiku (8699c3)

  14. How much more is Carlos Slim willing to lose on this endeavor

    chances are slim, mas o menos.

    Colonel Haiku (8699c3)

  15. David Ogden Stiers!

    AD-RtR/OS! (7fc5e6)

  16. The left don’t pay their taxes……….jail time doesn’t change it.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  17. janet robinson
    no gold pavements, tired starlings
    smile on her leaving

    Colonel Haiku (8699c3)

  18. Love how a temporary payroll tax cut is good but if it is permanent it is evil.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  19. Where is the NY Slimes to call out the muslim on muslim violence in Iraq?

    Palestine hates Israel because the Koran states that all infidels are enemies NY Slimes.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  20. The New York Times is still being published??

    Caesar Augustus (cb2d5b)

  21. I agree with Rick Perry decentralize the EPA.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  22. The payroll tax cut for the middle class should be 12 months but that is evil.

    Obama will approve Harry Reid’s raise.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  23. And I gotta love how Democraps according to the ultra-left need to to agree with the Republicans.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  24. don’t need to agree with the republicans…………….Dadgunnit.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  25. decentralize the EPA.

    Refocus their mission to “Save Antarctica” – and move the HQ to McMurdo Sound.

    AD-RtR/OS! (7fc5e6)

  26. Liberals grant holy status to non profit organizations. Janet was a key element in helping the NYT work toward that holy status.

    Huey (4f7ef0)

  27. Well it seems some papers are oligarch friendly, like Lebedev’s Independent, and apparently Carlos
    Slim sees the time that way;

    narciso (87e966)

  28. Rick Perry is right it should be decentralized none of this save the polar bears malarky.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  29. From Carlos Slim’s puppy trainer;

    Barack Obama’s arrogance resides in his eloquence — as a writer, thinker, symbol and story. He’s in thrall to the lyric poem of himself, and that accounts for his aloofness and disinclination to engage as deeply as some of his predecessors did in the muck of legislative politics.

    narciso (87e966)

  30. “I do not begrudge Robinson her golden parachute, as she helped turn arund the paper’s fortunes…”

    Me neither, but not for that reason.

    It’s because it’s none of my business what they pay her, and it’s none of my business why they pay her.

    Dave Surls (46b08c)

  31. I love when W during the 2000 campaign, asked Pinch, exactly how did you get your job;

    But it’s a bit much when the MCA Universal Heir
    Vanden Heuvel, the Humble oil by proxy Arianna,
    and other folks inveigh against the Top One percent

    narciso (87e966)

  32. I should like to continue to profit from something I think

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  33. Sorry to be off topic

    Ethanol is causing food shortages……….why should we put corn into our cars?

    We have enough fuel and coal to last for 140 years.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  34. By the way your really not Aaron Worthing but are Chaz Bono?

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  35. Nuclear power is evil

    /Leftys until the blackouts occur.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  36. While at NYTHQ, the Occupiers could marvel at the Pulitzer won for the false story about the success of Stalin’s farming program.
    The one written while millions starved to death.
    They do still display the prize, don’t they?

    BillG (2c9baa)

  37. Social Security needs a complete overhaul.

    It is a Ponzi Scheme in it’s current form.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  38. If Obama has his way we will all be starving.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  39. And the NYT will be quick to accus eothers of Mccarthyism if they point out Kim Jong Il’s sons marxism.

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  40. accuse others*

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  41. Let us raise minimum wage to $ 1 million………the midelc lass can be the 1%

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  42. middle class*

    Dohbiden (ef98f0)

  43. The liberal mantra:

    “Rules for thee, but not for ME.”

    Repeat ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

    IGotBupkis,Official Liberal Yogi (2fb1c2)

  44. >>> I agree with Rick Perry decentralize the EPA.

    I agree with Chuck Berry, that The Great Big 0 has No Particular Place To Go.

    … though I could happily offer some suggestions, if polite company would just leave the room for a few minutes.

    Smock Puppet, 10 Dan Snark Master (fb9a7a)

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