Monday, January 05, 2009

The Local Rag Rolls Out a Retread...

Change, it seems, is the only constant at the Local Rag, aka Yellowwich Time. Having already announced that they will be cleaning house between now and April 1st, the Hearst Corporation is further roiling the waters by bringing back a veteran hack who was downsized over a year ago. What gives?

Bruce Hunter has long been tied to the coattails of recently-fired editor Joe Pisani, and was one of his chief underlings in the "See no evil, write no evil" school of Greenwich journalism. One wonders if perhaps Joe may have thrown him to the wolves last year in a desperate attempt to save his own job. Well, it didn't work, and now for some reason Hearst has decided to bring Hunter back to carry on the Pisani tradition.

One is tempted to surmise that Hunter comes cheaper than Pisani did, and that this is simply another cost-cutting move on the part of a dying newspaper. But whatever the reason for the change, one thing is sure to remain constant: the indescribably pathetic writing, the slanted coverage, and the ongoing failure to report the real news in our fair Town.

Yes, folks, the masthead of Yellowwich Time will still remain yellow, with perhaps a bit of grizzled gray mixed in to match the color of Bruce Hunter's beard. And so the soap opera continues...who knows, at this rate Hearst may even bring back Joe Pisani, no doubt at a quarter of his former salary. Stay tuned!


Blogger Leigh Russell said...

You old cynic! We should start up a new journal, 'Letters to and from America' perhaps, or maybe, 'From Both Sides of the Pond'. I have credentials - I have an article (about my not-yet-published book) in the latest issue of Crime Time Magazine. (Details on my blog.)

January 10, 2009 3:26 PM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...

Yes, Leigh, absolutely! "Letters Across the Pond" would be my suggestion.

My publisher was bought out three days ago. What does this portend? Will the few dozen copies in existence now become collectors' items?

Off to check out your blog...

January 11, 2009 1:17 PM  

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