I wish James all the best too, and hope he knows he has many friends in the community. Anatu, please don't judge Mr. Osborn based on a single comment. John is a stand-up guy.
I don't see where Ryan suggested there was a cover up. It is indeed a strange twist when a fugitive on the run seeks refuge with a family that has law enforcement connections. Nothing sinister. Just unusual.
The problem with MediaNews Group is not that its profit margins are abysmal. They're not. CEO Dean Singleton perfected the art of operating newspapers on the cheap.
MNG's problem is that it has too much debt. Singleton bought two large but declining dailies, the San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times, at the worst possible time.
What's tragic, in my opinion, is what is happening to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Chron may cease to exist within a year. I hope not.
Much of the Chron's senior news staff this week accepted the buyout offers of its parent company, Hearst Corp. (an MNG business partner). If this becomes a trend, it means in addition to the dwindling number of professional journalists in our society, those who still have jobs will be less experienced with fewer veterans to mentor them.
Former Times-Standard Dave Rosso delivered a great speech on this subject yesterday at the annual League of Women Voters luncheon.
I'm really enjoying your series, Jennifer. Each you piece you write is truehearted and relevant. Another reason to pick up the Journal every week.
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