Sayonara Editorial board: Cox cuts the brain dead

After their 5 editorials on who Gary Leitzell shouldn’t listen to, it looks like we won’t have to listen to the editorial board of Ellen Belcher, Martin Gottlieb and Scott Elliott anymore. Unfortunately, they were even scooped on their own demise:

The Dayton Daily News, owned by Cox Ohio Publishing, will be demoting 10 managers in the editorial department to staff/reporter positions.

via Dayton Daily News restructures newsroom – Dayton Business Journal:.

Considering that the Cox flagship Atlanta Journal Constitution did away with its editorial board political endorsements back in October, it’s amazing that this trio of status-quo, incumbent-loving, losers managed to hang on much after their lame-o endorsement of Rhine McLin. This is the editorial board that had the nerve to say that “there is a disconnect between him and the real-world problems of a city hall” about Gary Leitzell, as he went on to win over her huge money and “connections” says that the people who were most out of touch were the editors who are now out of their jobs.

I guess their parting shot at me was the publication of the haters comments in Speak Up yesterday.

Welcome to the world of unpaid journalism Ellen, Martin, Scott- my readership has been growing for the last 4 years- too bad you can’t say the same. If you want to learn how to publish your own site, I teach a seminar monthly on how to do this: And, you’re welcome to try running for office as well- since you’re all experts at picking winners.

But, my personal editorial on the matter: You won’t be missed, elected, or employed. Hallelujah!

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10 Responses

  1. Will Brooks December 14, 2009 / 8:41 pm
  2. David Lauri December 14, 2009 / 9:01 pm
    There’s a difference between demotion and unemployment.
  3. Sammy76 December 14, 2009 / 9:01 pm
    Well, I don’t like to take pleasure in other peoples pain, even people I don’t like.  I’m sure this will be a pay cut for someone, and that always hurts, deserved or not.
    In general, I actually think this a net loss.  Smart local editorializing is still a reason I buy print papers.  Unfortunately, DDN didn’t have smart local editorial content.  Now it looks like they never will.  While I do like David’s website, I like to see other viewpoints, and the paper is one place those viewpoints could have come from.
  4. David Esrati December 14, 2009 / 9:33 pm

    @David L- they have to find a job that they can accept. Martin ain’t going to take back a beat reporters job. It’s off to the glue factory for him. No worries- he rents a Huber home in Kettering. Ellen has hubby’s money- and she’ll expect the royal treatment- like what Brad Tilson got when he got nudged out – a room named after her at the DAI 0r maybe, a job at a non-profit.

    Elliott will go back to the schools beat- and, we’ll see more syndicated editorials. No loss there.

    @Sammy76 I agree that good editorials are good for a community- the problem is that we haven’t had them for decades.

  5. Hall December 14, 2009 / 10:02 pm
    Any info on Mike Peters ? I imagine he actually makes money for the DDN (or Cox) as he’s syndicated across the country.
  6. Will Brooks December 14, 2009 / 10:48 pm
    Of the three of em Gottleib is the one who’s writings pained me the most. I don’t feel bad for them. Failure should never be rewarded. Success should be – I would hardly call their editorials successful.
  7. mcohio December 14, 2009 / 11:57 pm
    No one has said that these 4 are being demoted. There are 17 or 18 managers at this level. All have interviewed and are subject to the demotions/buyouts. This includes editors of sports, local news, business, social events and others at that level.
    Look for other younger talent to be sent to the reporters pit, watch Ellen and Gottleib to stay put.  Who serves crow in this town anyway?
  8. Jeff December 15, 2009 / 5:13 am
    and, we’ll see more syndicated editorials. No loss there.
    …actually it would be  big loss since these won’t be about local or state issues.  It means the paper would be more homogenized and less local.  More like a print version of a Clear Channel radio station.
  9. Roger Fruvous December 15, 2009 / 7:10 am
    @mcohio: I think you are probably on the right track. DE is practicing much wishful thinking here. Yes, DDN editorial board is worthless… Yes, David Esrati is unbecomingly spiteful.

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