One out of four to be cut from the San Francisco Chronicle news department

Managing Editor “Steps Down” (Really, I didn’t know he was standing on a higher plane than the rest of us? Perhaps an ivory tower?)

Mick Gregory

The Chronicle will cut 25 percent of its newsroom staff in the next month.

“This is one of the biggest one-time hits we’ve heard about anywhere in the country,” said Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, in Washington.

Not so rosey for the Fourth Estate.

Managing Editor Robert Rosenthal will be leaving The Chronicle after nearly five years at the newspaper.

In a note to the newsroom staff, Rosenthal (known as Rosey to the elite editors) said he was departing “without rancor or acrimony.” (That’s redundant. But it sounds very intelligent. Wouldn’t you say that Rosey had a rather elevated view of himself?) He said he is not sure what he will be doing next but “I hope to help another organization grow and another group of talented people find success.”

(Rosey, the readership of The Chronicle sank dramatically during your 4.5 years. And you laughed over Manhattens with Phil, as scores of Chronicle employees in Marketing Communications, Creative and Advertising lost their jobs. You hadn’t built anything, but your bar tab at the “M.” )

I think it’s time where the skills we have as journalists can be applied in a different way. The business model for newspapers is clearly broken,” Rosey.

No, Rosey. You don’t know the first thing about business. The business model was thrown out the fifth floor window of The Chronicle when Hearst allowed Phil Bronstein and other hack copy editors run the entire enterprise.

In fact, here is an editor’s idea of a motivational pep talk at the neighboring Mercury News:
Apparently responding to a report that the Mercury News plans to cut 60 newsroom positions, executive editor Carole Leigh Hutton tells her staff that “we’re in the midst of a difficult budget season for the fiscal year that begins in July. We’re discussing a number of cost-cutting measures. As soon as I can give you some definitive plans, I will. Meanwhile, I hope we can focus some of that energy on doing the journalism we do so well.”

Just two weeks ago, the paper revealed a coming 25 percent reduction in newsroom staffing.

Eighty reporters, photographers, copy editors and others, as well as 20 employees in management positions will be joining Rosey by end of the summer. Chronicle Publisher Frank Vega (nicknamed “Darth Vega”) said Friday that voluntary buyouts are likely to be offered.

Dozens of The Chronicle’s marketing, creative, special section writers, sales and production departments have been reduced during the past few years, but until now the newsroom “elite” have been spared deep cuts.

One has to ask, how much is Phil Bronstein (the last husband of Sharon Stone) worth? Do you think Phil saw his own shadow?

Now it’s going to be one out of four hitting the cold, windy streets of San Francisco.

Michael Savage reported the self-serving article written by a reporter waiting for the “buyout” papers.
Savage has a keen mind and can zero in on the problem, it’s the leftist mindset, with American and family values mocked and slammed on a daily basis by the “journalists” that is the main problem for The Chronicle’s demise.

They were the cheerleaders for Cindy Sheehan, who just last year, was in photos with Hugo Chavez as they both denounced the USA. But the top of the Democrat machine pulled the plug on Sheehan’s wages. They said, “Good Riddance Attention Whore.”

The Chronicle newsroom didn’t get the memo in time. Now they were to turn on Sheehan. Watch, a little late, but they will now.

Advertisers are middle class entrepreneurs, not socialists. Advertisers and readers have many more options available. The monopoly is over.

“I can’t wait to see if the Hearst inheritance cases will get rid of the thing (Bronstein) in these cuts,” Savage said Tuesday evening.

Oh, the tales that are being slurred in the Guiness foam at the corner pub tonight. Pour me another, brother!

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6 thoughts on “One out of four to be cut from the San Francisco Chronicle news department

  1. Hi Mick,

    I saw a news item on this early today, and started to post about it. Then, I thought to myself, that there was no point in being put to shame by Mick. It’s nice to know that I was right.

    the Grit

  2. I almost forgot about Cindy Sheehan what with really important news about Paris Hilton crying so much lately.

    Conan O’Brien once compared Paris Hilton to the state of Kansas: “Flat, white, and easy to get in.”

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