Andy Martin delivers “care package” to the Chicago Tribune newsroom
Martin says Zell is trying to humiliate and degrade Tribune employees by treating them with the same cheap attitude that he apparently learned at home. Andy points out that Zell owes his employees strict fiduciary duties under the ESOP plan that financed his Tribune acquisition.
Andy Martin delivers “care package” to the Chicago Tribune newsroom.
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ANDY MARTIN DELIVERS “CARE PACKAGE TO THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE NEWSROOM
INTERNET COLUMNIST/PERFORMANCE ARTIST MARTIN SAYS “HOW CAN THEY PUT OUT A NEWSPAPER WITHOUT PENS AND PAPER TO TAKE NOTES, POST-IT NOTES, AND ALL THE PARAPHERNALIA OF A MODERN OFFICE ENVIRONMENT?”
ANDY COMES TO THE TRIBUNE COMPANY’S RESCUE WITH STATIONARY SUPPLIES FOR THE CASH-CHALLENGED MEDIA EMPIRE
COLONEL MCCORMICK WOULD BE PROUD
MARTIN ALSO OFFERS THE TRIBUNE FREQUENT FLYER MILES FOR TRAVEL
(CHICAGO)[July 9, 2008] Andy Martin will come to the rescue of the embattled and embittered Chicago Tribune newsroom Wednesday, with a “care package” of paper, paper clips, pads and pens.
“It broke my heart to read that Tribune employees were being told to count papers clips and economize on post-it notes and who knows what else?” says Martin. “Colonel McCormick must be turning in his grave. Not to worry. I am coming to the rescue. To use the Democrats’ old phrase, ‘Help is on the way.’
“Wednesday at 4:00 P.M. I am going to deliver a ‘care package’ of stationary supplies to the Tribune newsroom. If billionaire Sam Zell, who is busy filing frivolous lawsuits against San Diego County, California, can’t afford to provide office supplies for his employees, I will. They have a word for people like Zell: ‘cheap.’ What is Zell going to do next? Lower the lighting level as an ‘energy conservation’ measure?
“I am also advising Mr. Zell that I will make 50,000 of my frequent flyer miles available to Tribune employees, so they can travel to news events. I’ll even throw in a couple of extra bucks for drinks. What good is a reporter on the road without a little distilled lubricant?
“Sam Zell has been a greedy cheapskate all his life, and he is trying to make more money by trying to put up the rent on helpless old ladies who live in trailer parks. Maybe that’s the way Zell was brought up by his parents. I couldn’t sleep at night if I made my billions that way. Now Zell is exporting his stingy tactics to the Tribune Company.
“Well, I have ‘news’ for Mr. Zell. Quality is not cheap. And highly motivated professionals cannot work for peanuts. Zell is trying to convert the Tribune Company’s newspapers across the United States into what we Floridians call ‘mullet wrappers,’” says Martin, “into the Chicago Tribune Supermarket Circular.”
NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:
WHO: Internet Columnist/media critic/artist Andy Martin
WHERE: Public sidewalk, 435 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
WHEN: Wednesday, July 9, 4:00 P. M.
MEDIA CONTACT: (866) 706-2639
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Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, media critic, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host and broadcaster. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns are also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. Andy is the author of Obama: The Man Behind The Mask, being published in July 2008, see http://www.OrangeStatePress.com. MEDIA CONTACT: (866) 706-2639 E-MAIL: AndyMart20@aol.com [NOTE: We frequently correct typographical errors and additions/subtractions on our blogs, where you can find the latest edition of this release.]