Rebellion At The NYTimes: Newsroom To Walk Out After "Decrying Direction Of Paper"

Tyler Durden's picture

Exhausted and demoralized after repeated buyouts and cutbacks in the newsroom, it seems the downtrodden journalists at the New York Times have finally had enough: In a pair of letters delivered to executive editor Dean Baquet and managing editor Joseph Kahn, the News Guild of New York said the New York Times editorial staff will leave the newsroom on Thursday as a demonstration of solidarity as management threatens jobs, according to MarketWatch.

Unlike the employee rebellion at the Wall Street Journal last year, when staffers confronted management about unequal pay practices and a paucity of female reporters and editors in leadership roles, the uproar at the times is centered around the repeated paycuts and cutbacks, which have left the newsroom feeling “demoralized.” One letter was sent by the organization's copy editors, who are facing dramatic staffing cuts, while the second letter was sent by reporters in an expression of solidarity with the editing staff. Both detailed frustrations with the repeated rounds of buyouts, and the lack of transparency surrounding management’s decisionmaking.

“In the copy editors’ letter to Baquet and Kahn, they say they feel betrayed and disrespected in the newsroom, and ask that management reconsider staffing cuts that are expected as the paper plans to restructure.


“Cutting us down to 50 to 55 editors from more than 100, and expecting the same level of quality in the report, is dumbfoundingly unrealistic,” the letter reads. “You often speak about the importance of engaging readers, of valuing, investing and giving a voice to readers. Dean and Joe: We are your readers, and you have turned your backs on us.”


“Editors — and yes, that especially means copy editors — save reporters and the Times every day from countless errors, large and small,” they say in the letter. “Requiring them to dance for their supper sends a clear message to them, and to us, that the respect we have shown the Times will not be reciprocated.”

The editorial staff is accusing Times management of being too opaque in its efforts to restructure the news operation, which includes consolidating two separate groups of editors into one group and asking copy editors to resubmit applications for roles in the newsroom.

Indeed, morale is so low at the NYT that its reporters and editors said they actually feel more respected by readers than by management. The letters referenced an internal report in which the copy editors were compared to dogs urinating on fire hydrants.

That’s quite the claim  - considering President Donald Trump’s relentless bashing of the “failing” news organization has turned public sentiment squarely against it.

“And that is why it feels like such a profound waste that morale is low throughout the newsroom, and that many of us, from editors to reporters to photo editors to support staff, are angry, embittered and scared of losing our jobs,” the letter reads.

The rebellion comes at a time when advertising revenues for print – formerly a powerhouse of the media industry that has been precipitously eroded by the rise of free news on the internet – continue to shrink, and gains in digital advertising are failing to make up the difference.

In the first quarter, print ads declined by 18% while digital ad revenue increased by nearly 19% and accounted for more than 38% of the company’s total ad revenue. Still, the paper’s stock remains buoyant; shares have risen more than 35% year-to-date, compared with a 9% gain in the S&P 500.

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chrsn's picture

"birdcage liner" is what my sister calls it

Derezzed's picture

« Cutting us down to 50 to 55 editors from more than 100, and expecting the same level quality in the report ... » almost fell of me chair meng

Unreliable Narrator's picture

I think they ought to cut to 1.5 editors.  I want to see how low "quality" can go.

Manthong's picture


“birdcage liner" is what my sister calls it

..sounds like bird abuse to me.

Zorba's idea's picture

not necessarily so for all the progressive Parrots. 

CheapBastard's picture

"The New York Slime: All The Fake News Fit to Print!"

robertsgt40's picture

What has escaped both sides of the equation at the NYT is nobody likes a liar. Your dwindling readership is directly related to your lying 24/7. 

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

Actions have consequences.  If you idiots at the NYT had not been so voraciously left wing the last 30 years maybe you would not be going out of business.  Good riddance.

J S Bach's picture

"Indeed, morale is so low at the NYT that its reporters and editors said they actually feel more respected by readers than by management."

Why would any honest reader respect the NYT except maybe for their crossword puzzle?

I suppose bias is an expected result of any publication because we're all human and prone to our opinions.

However, with their tagline, "All The News That's Fit To Print"... they fail utterly in their sincerity.

If they were truly honest, they'd add one simple word to that epithet... (echoing Cheap Bastard's line above)...

"All The Fake News That's Fit To Print".

AVmaster's picture

Told my leftard brother 8 months ago that the MSM was DEAD...


"No its not!" was the reply...



JimJinNJ's picture

Is my brother your brother too?

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Ahhh too bad... how many White Americans lost their jobs do to their relentless push of liberalism, globalism, and White genocide?

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

Dammit Gaius, how many times have I told you, stop obscuring the issue with facts!

The Grey Lady has been and will continue to be excellent fish wrapper. Contrary to the parrots, the fish are dead. And smell. But then again, so doth the Grey Lady. Hmm....

Keyser's picture

Hopefully the NYT will just lock the doors, turn out the lights and call it a day if these fucktards walk out... It's going to happen sooner or later, may as well be sooner...

jcaz's picture

Obviously, the solution is to buy back more shares.......

jeff montanye's picture

when the story is finally written on that phenomenon it will be one of the great metaphors for what went wrong.

the new york times fails as a newspaper because it is too zionist and too seduced by authority.

it fails as an employer because it faces that beneficent and perennial gale of creative destruction.

p.s. as rumsfeld said about the terrorists, so too the legacy media about the alternative media, are we killing more of them than we're making?

Tarzan's picture

My message to the NYT, CNN, et al

Clear sailing ahead, do not deviate, do not panic, ALL IS WELL.......never mind that cliff ahead


Their self mutilation is glorious to watch!

Not to mention punk kids, like James O'Keefe, embarrassing the "real" journalists live on video. 

Poor guy is going to catch a nail gun if he's not careful.  If he lives, he'll need an embassy to hide in shortly.

fx's picture

The "failing NYT" - the Donald was spot on - at least on this subject...

Clashfan's picture

What Tarzan said.  ^^^^^

ZH threads are bitchin'.

Pure Evil's picture

I looks as if the proverbial chickens are coming home to roost.

rbg81's picture

I sure hope so.  They fuck-tards have it coming.  They probably thought unemployment was only for the Deplorables out in the Hinterlands.  Maybe not, eh?

Of course, look for the paper to go even further Left as the remaining editors are less able to filter out the bias and BS.  Not that they tried very hard to begin with.

Fuck them all -- hard.

fx's picture

Puppet master Soros is too busy funding and directing the "refugees" who keep flooding Europe. So his useful idiots at the NYT will have to wait for a while longer - or for Godot, when it comes to a pay-rise.

fleur de lis's picture

For all the dirty work the NYT did for George Soros/Gyorgi Schwarz they could ask him for money to bail them out.

After all, if he has enough money to pour on entire nations just to get the carnage party started, surely he can lend a hand to his prestigious friends.

But he won't -- Gyorgi is a user and he has squeezed all the usefulness out of the Times, so he will let them  twist in the wind and then dispose of them as opportunity arises.

Actually, since the NYT has destroyed itself as a NWO concubine, George will probably wait until they are all desperate, buy the paper, and sell it off in bits to his fellow travelers.

Maybe they could ask Michael Moore for help after all the favorable ink he got.

But he's a user too -- he will only take their phonecalls if they serve his purposes.

Or how about Zuckerburg, Pelosi, the Clinton/Obamas, PP, Gore, all the Hollywooders,  etc., who were so lovingly reviewed by the paper -- surely they could donate a million or two?

Fat chance.

So the NYT staff might think about bracing for much worse to follow.

The smart ones should review their contracts and packages, start making phone calls, catch up with old friends in the business, and look around for greener pastures.

The connected ones need not worry, they will be taken care of as they always are.

But the unconnected ones who slogged it out, stayed late, followed irksome policies in silence, learned and earned everything without help, all in the hopes of career advancement -- they are in for a rude awakening.

They never thought this day would dawn.

They all had so much fun denigrating ordinary Americans, promoting destructive politicians and selectively destroying their opponents, covering up for fake wars, foisting unnatural policies on a nation that resisted -- there was never a NWO policy nor Marxist big mouth that the NYT didn't love.  

How many of them remember their creepy and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Walter Duranty, and the millions of Ukrainians who died painful deaths as a result of his deal with Stalin?

That alone is major karma.

The NYT had options that few papers ever had and they chose poorly because they thought they were invincible.

So good riddance.



booboo's picture

Sons? I've found you!!

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

Mine as well. Did you mentally abuse (and sometimes rough up) your brother like I did?

I feel bad for it, but I wonder if there is a connection between mild, childhood, sibling abuse and a later penchant for Liberal politics?

Ajax-1's picture

Yes, perhaps Dad got around.

JonNadler's picture

do we all have leftard brothers?

venturen's picture

would have thought he say...."....its only a flesh wound"

Give Me Some Truth's picture

The MSM HAS to sell advertising. It's tough when there are fewer and fewer businesses able to afford to advertise. There are only so many trial lawyer firms. As some here have noted, retail is dying. And retail is who buys ads and the inserts that are inserted in papers.

Count the ads and the page counts in your local paper. Count the number of writers with bylines.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Our herald tribune tries to boost sales by passing out free newspapers in front of grocery stores. I just walk on by like the others.

Insurrexion's picture

Next time they try to pass on their propaganda, tell them to get a real job.

jeff montanye's picture


we have a chance.  i've quoted this many times but not too many:


There is a tide in the affairs of men.

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life

Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

On such a full sea are we now afloat,

And we must take the current when it serves,

Or lose our ventures.


Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

lol. Trumps 'relentless bashing'.  He tweets maybe 140 characters a week on the topic

JoeSexPack's picture

All the news that fits, they print.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

Nothing says "the NYT's copy editors deserve more respect!" quite like a letter from the NYT's copy editors that contains errors in the copy.

RichardParker's picture

Why would any honest reader respect the NYT except maybe for their crossword puzzle?

The cooking section actually has some decent recipes. It's the only part of the paper worth reading.

playit's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Fish Gone Bad's picture

“Cutting us down to 50 to 55"

Why stop there?  Padlock the doors.

nmewn's picture

I love the smell of napalm, it smells like, victory  ;-)

Ajax-1's picture

Are you tired of winning? Me neither.

nmewn's picture

Winning never goes out of style or gets old or boring.

It's one of the things I like most  ; -)

GoldRulesPaperDrools's picture

The smell is indeed nice, but I find the whining and crying of the junior members of the Frankfurt School to be very titilating ... almost makes me want to go into the men's room to be alone with myself for awhile ... ;)

El Oregonian's picture

"expecting the same level of quality in the report, is dumbfoundingly unrealistic,”

Please NYTimes, the yellow journalism your rag sees fit to print, day in and day out, you could lose half of your staff and the quality of work would still be half as bad! The days of FAKE News is over you old putrid greying hag. Go bury yourself wrapped up in your filthy rag.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

And so they thought they could sell their souls w/o consequence on circulation?  Howzat working out?

playit's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Doubleguns's picture

You should be sending this to the NYT's dude.