After media blogger Romenesko picked up the story of the News & Observer employees who offered a tribute to 31 departing employees by making a mockup front page -- which included ridicule of "Capt Gary" -- Howard Weaver decided to weigh in. Weaver left a comment on the Romenesko blog, letting it be known he was not happy with the disrespectful McClatchy employees:
"... McClatchy is solvent, transitioning, doing much of the best journalism in the country. None of us is where we were 10 or 15 years ago. Thoughtless and unfounded recrimination seems unhelpful to me."
Not a word of consolation from Howard for the 31 laid off employees, or the ones left behind who have to produce a paper with fewer resources.
But hasn't it always been about Capt. Gary and the Second Mate?
If you want to see the entire front page mockup, go here.
UPDATED: More from a less-defensive Howard here.