Whirled update

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Mike McCarville reports that cost-cutting at the Tulsa World, which laid off 28 staffers last week, only goes so far:

While executives at the Tulsa World were deciding which 28 employees would be fired in a cost-saving move to help the company deal with reduced advertising revenue, the president of the company, John R. Bair, was being processed for a $90,000 "proprietary membership" in the ritzy Southern Hills Country Club.

A list of those proposed for membership in the exclusive club was obtained by The McCarville Report Online following the newspaper's announcement that 26 newsroom employees and two other staff members were being fired immediately a week ago. Bair's is the first name listed on the December 29th document, prepared by the 650-member club's office on behalf of its board of governors.

The $90,000 figure for a proprietary membership in the club is an estimate; no one would discuss the precise fee, which apparently includes state sales tax.

I understand that you can't keep 28 newsroom staffers employed for $90,000. I understand that country club memberships were, once upon a time, important tools for building business networks and negotiating deals. But Bair's job is handling the financial side of the World, bringing in advertising to cover the cost of putting out the paper. Trust-fund babies aren't going to be buying ads in the paper. The World should be selling less-expensive niche ads for the website, matching ads with appropriate news content. The small business owners who are most likely to buy those ads won't be hanging out at the Southern Hills clubhouse.

As one of McCarville's sources told him, "It just doesn't look very good, does it?"

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Observer reports that the paper didn't fulfill its 2008 pledge toward construction of the Oklahoma Capitol dome and may not make good on its 2009 pledge:

The Tulsa World owners have declined to meet their current $100,000 pledge on the Capitol dome. (They may also defer on $100,000 owed next year.)

(Via Dustbury.)

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Bob said:

The Lortons must have a 180' yacht payment coming due, and are temporarily tightening their belts.

But, WELCHING on a pledge for that essential public works project, the Oklahoma Capitol Dome project:

How GAUCHE!

Aren't they the family that co-owns the Caribbean island with another prominent local Oligach Family?

Maybe they are budgeting to have their entire island air conditioned......


Paul Tay Author Profile Page said:

So, wat do prob?

Brent Taylor Author Profile Page said:

GUFFAW! Major league hypocrites. The T-World big shots are no better than the rotten corporations doing the same thing.

I'm going to remember this the next time the T-World calls conservatives or Christians mean spirited. Of course, they'll edit the letter when I remind them of that fact.

The lefty thought police are alive and well I've noticed at T-World blog too. They really are clueless about why they're going the way of the breeze...

FOTD said:

JANICE PEARSON'S OP ED WAS SPOT ON. THE PROBLEM WAS IN THE PROCESS OF PLATTING AND CODE ENFORCEMENT. APPEARS THAT SOMETHING GOT BETWEEN THE CRACKS. FACT IS BUYER BEWARE.

THE ORIGINAL PUD WAS DEVELOPED ON AND BY DAVID FIST AND CHARLES NORMAN, TWO LAWYERS WHO DIED DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS. MOI KNOWS ALL.....


KUDOS FOR STICKING IN THERE FOR THE WORKER BEES AT WHIRLED. NEXT YEAR? THREE EDITIONS A WEEK?

Gotterdammerung said:

Hey, now -- y'all don't need to be talking smack about mah-boy Bobby. As Meat Loaf once said: "Two out of three ain't bad." When you're wealthy and gorgeous, you don't need to be classy. Young Master Lorton is well within his constitutional rights to drive the family business straight off a cliff and tarnish the family name by behaving like trailer trash that just won the lottery.

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