Alan Mutter brings word that four publishers are not paying their dues to the Newspaper Association of America, widely viewed as the premier industry trade association. They are: Lee Enterprises, MediaNews Group, Copley Press and the Omaha World Herald. Each has told the organization they cannot afford to pay their 2009 dues.
Guess who is chairman of the Newspaper Association of America.
You give up? The chairman is none other than Gary Pruitt.
Pruitt is certainly well known as the guy who drove McClatchy into the ditch.
Less well known is Pruitt's less-than-stellar performance as chairman of the NAA. Seems Pruitt didn't exactly throw himself into his duties as chairman:
One of the duties of chairmanship of the Newspaper Association of America is to write a monthly column in organization's magazine. As chairman, Gary Pruitt now has that honor. For several months though his column has been absent from those pages...Is it a coincidence that the 2 organizations led by Gary Pruitt are unravelling? Leave your thoughts in comments.