Friday, May 1, 2009

Publisher tells employees how to cough: "Cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve, not your hands" (updated)

A tipster forwarded an email one McClatchy publisher sent to all employees Friday regarding swine flu issues.

Included in the email was this tidbit:
"Cover coughs and sneezes, with your sleeve, not with your hands."

There's nothing like talking to employees like they're first graders.

UPDATE: From comments, this instruction might be next:
"Raise your hand if you have to go to the bathroom."



Anonymous said...


The Morning Call, facing declining revenue, to cut more than 70 positions

The Morning Call today announced plans to eliminate more than 70 positions as it continues to grapple with declining revenue afflicting the newspaper industry.

About 50 people will be affected as a result of the cost-cutting, while other positions were already vacant, publisher Tim Kennedy said in an e-mail to employees. Those affected will be contacted by the end of tomorrow, he said.

"As we have discussed repeatedly over the past few years, the traditional newspaper business model is broken and we fight hard every day to build the foundation for a new one," Kennedy wrote. "It is painfully ironic that our audience reach has grown and has never been stronger while our financial results continue to worsen."

Anonymous said...

I'm sure they also talk to them in the exact same, comforting, parental way, when McClatchy escorts them from the premises. Rightafter firing them.

Anonymous said...


Obama's ratings slide: press conference down 29%

Audience interest in Barack Obama’s news conferences seems to be falling, with Wednesday’s press event drawing the president’s smallest primetime audience since his inauguration.

The telecast to mark Obama’s 100th day in office was viewed by 28.8 million people, according to Nielsen. That's a 29% drop from the president's last press conference, on March 24, and a 42% fall since his first, on Feb. 9.

Ten networks carried the telecast, which is one less than last time since Fox elected to run its detective drama Lie to Me (7.8 million, 2.3 national adults 18-49 rating) instead. Airing its regular entertainment programming saved Fox ad dollars but didn’t help the show much. Lie pulled the same rating it did last week. Yet, like last week, it won the 8 p.m. hour.

Here's the president's last three primetime news events:

The trend is our friend...
Feb: 9: 49.5 million
March 24: 40.4 million
April 29: 28.8 million

Anonymous said...

Wow. Has anyone seen the front page of

Look at Barry--doesn't he look a little... oh I don't know... like a despot?

My memory might be playing rose-colored tricks on me, but didn't GWB's page have a picture of... the White House?

This looks like one of those photos that people use against leaders when the tides have turned, non?

John Altevogt said...

Is Osama bin Obama heiling himself in that picture?

Anonymous said...

They must talk to them like that. Remember, they are now, The Few, The Proud, The Affirmative Action.

Everyone else is gone.

Anonymous said...

Next he will be teaching them all how to wear condoms. ;-)

Anonymous said...


New York Times set to increase price

The New York Times is expected to announce a newsstand price increase for its flagship newspaper early next week as it races to shore up liquidity amid industry-wide falls in advertising revenues and circulation.

The announcement comes as the New York Times is pushing for cost cuts from the struggling Boston Globe, which the New York Times purchased in 1993 for $1.1bn.

The New York Times set the unions at the Globe a deadline, due to expire last night, to start talks about $20m in cuts. It has threatened to close the Globe, which is expected to lose $85m this year, if it were to fail to implement the cost cuts.

Wholesalers expect the New York Times to increase its price from $1.50 to $2.00 for Monday to Saturday editions and from $5 to $6 on Sundays. A spokeswoman declined to comment.

Recent sales figures suggest the price rises could generate an incremental $40m a year, according to one industry source, although price increases have dented circulation at some newspapers.

Anonymous said...

Boston Globe-New York Times Negotiations to End at Midnight

Hours from the deadline given by The New York Times Company for $20 million in cost-cutting concessions at The Boston Globe, it is unclear what will happen when midnight comes if union negotiators and management have not reached an agreement.

Globe publisher lost the newsroom over "fuzzy math"

The Boston Globe reported Friday morning that the paper's largest union has asked the Times Company to extend the deadline. The Times Company has said if the union does not make the concessions, it may close the paper. Just after 6 p.m. Friday, The Globe reported that negotiations were continuing but provided no details.

Union officials appear optimistic the deadline will be extended. The Globe reports:

" 'I believe that if Globe management feels they're close to agreements -- at least with the four major unions -- they will consider extending the deadline,' said Martin Callaghan, the union president representing about 93 active pressmen and 25 paper handlers at the Globe. 'Let's put it this way: We're optimistic that they'll do that.' "

But The Boston Herald reported Friday morning, "Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis said midnight is 'basically the point at which negotiations would end.' "

Anonymous said...

Raise your hand if you have to go to the bathroom. Start your timer, if you are gone more than five minutes, it counts as your break. Log out, and log back in, that helps with the numbers. Did you wash your hands?

Anonymous said...

Obama has a smokers cough, how icky must his sleeves be by now?

Anonymous said...

Zieman calls his last remaining staff members into his office. He says, My it is dark in here. Yo, folks, listen up, (Rhonda taught me that) this is not my favorite thing to do, but you are fired.
-Someone coughs-
Z- Are you coughing?
J- No, sir, I am sniveling.
Z- This swine flu thing is serious, cough in your sleeve!
J- I am not coughing, I am throat wrenched.
Z- Your eyes are watering, do you have a temp? I don’t like these flu systems you have, why would you cry about leaving this crappy place, you have the swine flu, get out!
Oh wait, the bottom of his form letter says, thank you for your years of service. Now get the HELL OUT!

Anonymous said...


SW Washington's Columbian newspaper seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy

(Vancouver, WA) The Columbian Publishing Co. filed for Chapter 11bankruptcy protection on Friday in a move to resolve credit issues with Bank of America, primary lender on its multimillion dollar downtown building project completed last year.

Scott Campbell, publisher of the independent daily newspaper serving Clark County and Southwest Washington, said operations will continue unaffected by the filing and that his company will emerge from the situation in a few months "with renewed vigor and excitement for the future."

The Vancouver-based three-generation family-owned publishing company with 259 employees operates The Columbian newspaper, established in 1890 and the Web site

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:52

Will you stop already! I need a new keyboard and my abs are jelly from laughing so hard at your posts!

Anonymous said...

S&P may cut Washington Post's rating on revenue slide

Standard & Poor's on Friday said it may cut its ratings on the Washington Post Co, citing increasingly negative trends in the company's newspaper and magazine businesses.

The rating warning came after the Washington Post swung to a quarterly loss because of restructuring and buyout charges and reported a 33 percent drop in advertising revenue at its namesake newspaper.


S&P said it is concerned that worsening revenue trends will continue over the intermediate term in the company's newspapers and magazines.


S&P said it will also review pressures in the broadcasting business and growth prospects in the company's education and cable businesses.

Anonymous said...

Re: 1:27 p.m.

Fifty-one percent of people questioned in the survey said they have a favorable opinion of Democrats. While that's down 7 points from February, it's still 12points higher than the 39 percent who said they have a positive opinion of the Republican Party. Fifty-five percent hold an unfavorable opinion about Republicans.

Approval for Obama himself was significantly higher, at 63 percent, while disapproval was expressed by only one in three. Those numbers were released Monday.

Now, with the coming retirement of a Supreme Court justice clearing the way for him to appoint a successor, Obama already is assured a legacy at the top of all three branches of government -- executive, legislative and judicial.

Americans are giving him leeway as well. His job approval ratings are well over 60 percent, giving him political capital to undertake big challenges.

His political opponents, the Republicans, are in disarray, reduced in numbers and engaged in an internal struggle over how to recover from devastating election losses in 2006 and last year.

Experts speak of Obama in the same league as such transformational presidents as Democrat Franklin Roosevelt, who led the United States through the Great Depression and World War Two, and Republican Ronald Reagan, who led the country to victory in the Cold War

Anonymous said...

7:44 PM The President who goes down as the one that thrusts the nation into full scale Socialism is never going to be a hero.

He will go down in history along side the likes of Jimmy Carter and Neville Chamberlain. He can't fool the American people for long. His past is catching up with him and no amount of press propaganda will help.

Anonymous said...

anom744...but then again there will always be forever and ever the buffoon known as George W. Bush. Ooops but wait, you're one of the silly people that STILL believe he was a exactly what DOES that say about your intellect? Not much....But that's okay little buddy...the KKK and the Nazi party are still looking for hearty souls like you to join their ranks.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 7:44 PM The President who goes down as the one that thrusts the nation into full scale Socialism is never going to be a hero.

Are you talking about George W. Bush, who orchestrated the federal government bailout of AIG and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, making the government the biggest insurer and mortgage holder? All that happened last fall, on President Bush's watch

Anonymous said...

1:04 AM No, I am talking about the Marxist Barry Soetoro who was the second largest recipient of their scam to buy off politicians.

At least Bush, (who warned us 17 times about Fannie and Freddy)enacted a plan to shut them down, while Chairman 0 appropriated more money for them to pocket right along side his Billions to his criminal organization ACORN.

Now, anymore snarky little gay retorts?

Anonymous said...

Next he will be teaching them all how to wear condoms. ;-)


Someone should have taught your daddy how to wear a condom.

Anonymous said...

Someone should have taught your daddy how to wear a condom.

See how witty and original I am.