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Job Cuts at ABC Leave Workers Stunned and Downcast (LOL!)
NY Times ^ | Brian Stelter

Posted on 04/30/2010 8:51:31 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember

If “Good Morning America” or “World News” look any different in the coming weeks, it might be because ABC News is employing nearly 400 fewer people.

David Westin, president of ABC News, said this was “a difficult time for everybody” involved.

Brian Rooney, an ABC reporter in Los Angeles, was let go. Earlier this week, ABC News, a unit of the Walt Disney Company, largely completed one of the most drastic rounds of budget cutbacks at a television news operation in decades, affecting roughly a quarter of the staff. The cutbacks promise to change ABC both on- and off-camera.

For some employees, like the longtime Los Angeles correspondent Brian Rooney, Friday was their last day. Mr. Rooney said his contract expired at “exactly the moment when they needed to shed an enormous amount from the payroll.” In an e-mail message, he compared it to “standing looking straight up when the bomb dropped.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abc; abcnews; chortle; enemedia; layoffs; liberalmedia; lol; schadenfreude; snicker
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Hey, Former ABC "News" reporter!... I'll have fries with that!

Man, what a terrible tragedy.

It is a tragedy that the other 3/4 of the ABC staff still have jobs.

Maybe if ABC was not such a propaganda machine, we would not have the job-annihillating Obama/democrat Great Depression II. It is such a shame that behavior has consequences.

1 posted on 04/30/2010 8:51:31 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: FormerACLUmember; abb

Can’t hardly wait until the next big round of layoffs


2 posted on 04/30/2010 8:52:38 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: FormerACLUmember
It is a tragedy that the other 3/4 of the ABC staff still have jobs.

Yup.
3 posted on 04/30/2010 8:53:15 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Not enough.


4 posted on 04/30/2010 8:54:18 PM PDT by CodeToad
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To: GeronL

yep. It’s hard to feel bad for people who work for an organ of leftist propaganda losing their jobs.


5 posted on 04/30/2010 8:54:34 PM PDT by Carling (I'm a neo-McCarthyite ... Obama is a Communist.)
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To: FormerACLUmember
And another one bites the dust, hey, hey!!
6 posted on 04/30/2010 8:54:37 PM PDT by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: FormerACLUmember

I have been telling people - cancel cable and sat TV. Stop feeding the beast. Your monthly bill is divided up and it keeps them afloat.


7 posted on 04/30/2010 8:54:44 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain & Graham = La Raza's favorite Senators)
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To: GeronL

Maybe he can get a gig as anchor in Fargo..then again..he isn’t up on the local stuff. He can try running his own blog now that health care is free.


8 posted on 04/30/2010 8:54:45 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: FormerACLUmember

Hope & Change! Outstanding. I never feel sorry for people whose foolishness is responsible for their own demise.


9 posted on 04/30/2010 8:54:54 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: FormerACLUmember

I can just see all the green shoot good economic news tomorrow morning. It will be interesting to see if the LSM will actually start to report how bad it is, now that their nest has been tainted? Gonna get pretty hard to keep cheerleading when the team is getting sent to the locker room.......


10 posted on 04/30/2010 8:55:33 PM PDT by wombtotomb
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To: FormerACLUmember

Well it’s good that we’re living in an economic boom so that these journalists will find good jobs right away. :)


11 posted on 04/30/2010 8:56:01 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Guess what, if you don't start reporting the truth and looking at both sides of an issue there will be even more layoffs.

Just think, if the media had actually done their job and investigated Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac this whole thing may have been avoided. But no....they played Gottcha Bush for all those years adding to BDS instead of doing their job.

12 posted on 04/30/2010 8:56:41 PM PDT by McGavin999 (Have you donated to Free Republic yet? If not you are a Freeploader)
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To: FormerACLUmember

He has a future cleaning up oil spills...


13 posted on 04/30/2010 8:57:59 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Does this include the cast of “V”?


14 posted on 04/30/2010 8:58:12 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: FormerACLUmember

15 posted on 04/30/2010 8:58:29 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. - [ me ] -)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Yep. Behavior has consequences. These people worked hard to get liberals elected. The rest of us may yet follow. I guess the crocodile didn’t eat them last.


16 posted on 04/30/2010 8:58:37 PM PDT by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: rlmorel

These liberal guys don’t know how to handle money. They start making big bucks and instead of saving and living reasonable they live large and then have nothing.
If we all had his salary for 10 years, we would be set for life..at a smaller scale, but nice.


17 posted on 04/30/2010 9:01:25 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: FormerACLUmember

With cable and internet I almost never watch the three networks


18 posted on 04/30/2010 9:01:46 PM PDT by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: Oldexpat

He might be the lucky one. A bunch of their reporters will now be doing their own camera work. lol.


19 posted on 04/30/2010 9:02:16 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Good news!

A few months in the real world and they’ll be joining the Tea Party!


20 posted on 04/30/2010 9:02:17 PM PDT by TigerBait
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To: FormerACLUmember
In an e-mail message, he compared it to “standing looking straight up when the bomb dropped.”



21 posted on 04/30/2010 9:03:01 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: VRWC For Truth; wombtotomb
I will tell you what is amazing.

What is AMAZING is that you can watch ABC News and STILL hear endless lies about what a blessing Obama and the democrats are for the magnificent economy, filled with unicorns and candy.

This complete deceit is being read off telepromptors by soulless professional paid liars in rooms where 1/4 of all their fellow employees were just fired in the Obama/Democrat Great Depression II.


22 posted on 04/30/2010 9:03:12 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Hey, how do you like getting kicked in the rear while covering the President’s butt.

No good deed goes unpunished.

Join the rest of us peons now.


23 posted on 04/30/2010 9:05:14 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (.)
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To: Tzimisce

Well it’s good that we’re living in an economic boom so that these journalists will find good jobs right away. :)

“Knock. Knock. How many people live here.”


24 posted on 04/30/2010 9:05:50 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: Oldexpat

True enough. To be a real conservative is to live within your means.

Or at least I’d like to think so...


25 posted on 04/30/2010 9:07:23 PM PDT by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: FormerACLUmember

““Good television news is expensive to do,”

And biased news is even more expensive!


26 posted on 04/30/2010 9:09:09 PM PDT by ebersole
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To: FormerACLUmember
David Westin, president of ABC News, said this was “a difficult time for everybody” involved.

But, but ABC kept telling everybody 0bama’s “stimulus’ worked like magic, and created all these millions of wonderful jobs.
Meanwhile, the same David Westin, after the 9/11 attacks:

“The Pentagon as a legitimate target? I actually don't have an opinion on that and it's important I not have an opinion on that as I sit here in my capacity right now.” — David Westin, ABC News President, Oct 23,2001

27 posted on 04/30/2010 9:09:31 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

Too much beer. I seriously see a circus clown in that one.


28 posted on 04/30/2010 9:10:08 PM PDT by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Wisconsinlady

29 posted on 04/30/2010 9:10:22 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: Oldexpat

CBS needs some big cutbacks, starting with the way way overpaid Katie Kourik


30 posted on 04/30/2010 9:10:41 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: FormerACLUmember

oh. my eyes fill with tears . . . NOT!


31 posted on 04/30/2010 9:11:32 PM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

and the RATS, take another one in the..............................HA ha!!!

32 posted on 04/30/2010 9:11:34 PM PDT by Chode
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To: FormerACLUmember

Plenty of “Shovel Ready” jobs out there folks. The economy is booming again. Right?....Right?


33 posted on 04/30/2010 9:11:41 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Chode

see 29!


34 posted on 04/30/2010 9:12:13 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Elections have consequences.


35 posted on 04/30/2010 9:13:11 PM PDT by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Maybe if ABC was not such a propaganda machine, we would not have the job-annihillating Obama/democrat Great Depression II.

It is indeed sweet irony: The media fanned the flames and CREATED the recession that's now getting their jobs.

MM (in TX)

36 posted on 04/30/2010 9:13:30 PM PDT by MississippiMan (http://gogmagogblog.wordpress.com/)
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To: Huskrrrr
"Plenty of “Shovel Ready” jobs out there folks. The economy is booming again. Right?....Right?"


37 posted on 04/30/2010 9:14:29 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Perfect!


38 posted on 04/30/2010 9:15:01 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: GeronL

“Can’t hardly wait until the next big round of layoffs..”

What are they qualified to do? There’s already a surplus of people scraping road kill up from the streets. BUT WAIT...maybe they could volunteer to BE road kill, then other former ABC employees could scrape them up. Hey, a role for not just one but many ABC employees.


39 posted on 04/30/2010 9:15:14 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

“For viewers, the effects will be felt on the individual broadcasts, like “World News with Diane Sawyer,”

The viewers will feel no effects. They can turn on any channel and get Obambi/Democrat talking points.


40 posted on 04/30/2010 9:17:04 PM PDT by Smokeyblue
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To: MississippiMan; Hoodat
Yeah, at the time ABC began its endless propaganda for the Obamination (only two years ago) the unemployment rate was 4.8%!
41 posted on 04/30/2010 9:17:54 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: Ladysmith

Hey, you know, I had another look, and you are right.


42 posted on 04/30/2010 9:19:02 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: FormerACLUmember
Bush's fault. Literally, but by their own doing.
43 posted on 04/30/2010 9:19:25 PM PDT by MaxMax (Conservatism isn't a party)
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To: FormerACLUmember

It’s as easy as ABC, just start reporting the news instead of being propaganda tools for Obama, Pelosi, and Reid!


44 posted on 04/30/2010 9:20:50 PM PDT by Steelers6
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To: FormerACLUmember

“We are now, as a work force, becoming much more flexible,” said Jon Banner, the executive producer of “World News.”

We now only need 100 people to walk over to the fax machine and get the Obama/Democrat talking points memo. We’re on the cutting edge. We’d like to assure our viewers that we won’t let this downsizing effect our biased news coverage one iota.


45 posted on 04/30/2010 9:21:04 PM PDT by Smokeyblue
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To: FormerACLUmember

46 posted on 04/30/2010 9:21:21 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: SmokingJoe

47 posted on 04/30/2010 9:22:05 PM PDT by MaxMax (Conservatism isn't a party)
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To: Frantzie
I have been telling people - cancel cable and sat TV. Stop feeding the beast

BINGO

800,000 and counting have dropped cable and satellite - me included.

I had mine shut of in Jan 2009. I get all the programs I watched free online...and most of them on MY schedule and without the long commercials.

so that monthly money is in MY pocket - I have not missed TV at all - well, I get PBS, and locals...so I watch Masterpiece Theatre occasionally and Antiques Roadshow when I remember...but I can also get those both online... Cable/Satellite is dying - and Thank you , G_d.

48 posted on 04/30/2010 9:24:06 PM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: Rembrandt
What are they qualified to do?

publik skool teacher?

49 posted on 04/30/2010 9:28:09 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: maine-iac7

People do not realize that their $40 to 100 cable bill is divided up each month. ABC/Disney has about 10 channels and probably gets $4 a month. VIAcom/CBS/MTV/Nickelodian probably has 10 channels and gets the same $4. Same thing with CNN/TBS/Etc, GE/NBC/MSNBC/CNBC/Universal etc.

Fox is not the savior. You watch any tv via cable or sa tv and you are keep the libs in power and insuring your own serfdom and it is too damn serious now.


50 posted on 04/30/2010 9:28:10 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain & Graham = La Raza's favorite Senators)
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