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jet62
12-13-2012, 04:00 PM
http://www.kcconfidential.com/2012/12/11/hearne-star-initiates-hunger-games-layoff-for-two-joco-reporters/

How cold can you get?

Check out this startling tale involving a pair of Kansas City Star reporters reportedly presented with a proposition – a variation on Sophie’s Choice – that only one position remained for the two of their jobs.

“They brought in two reporters – Karen Dillon and Dawn Bormann – and told them that one of them had to go,” says a staffer. “And that they had to decide which one would stay and they had until next week to figure it out. Sort of like ‘The Hunger Games.’ That’s the scuttlebutt anyway.”

There’s more.

“Karen Dillon has seniority, so she has the option of taking it or not taking it,” says the source. “And if she does, Dawn gets laid off. Dawn’s a great person but I think Karen will vote in favor of herself because she’s got teenage kids at home.”

This just in: Bormann is o-u-t.

A similar proposition is thought to have gone down two years ago between a pair of Star copy editors with Monday morning poet Don Munday being the survivor.

“What’s really awful about that choice is it pits two colleagues against each other with the expectation that they will determine who is the better fit,” says one senior area marketing executive. “And it takes the responsibility away from the employers which is cruel and unprofessional.

“If the Star really didn’t want to make the choice at that time what they should have done is explain that there was only one position and that those two would have to apply for the position. Or if they knew one person had the seniority – Karen – they should have approached her in private and let her make the decision in private instead of having to make a decision knowing that the other person knows she’s making the decision. It’s unprofessional, cruel and unnecessary.”

Incidentally, Dillon, a longtime investigative reporter at the Star, was credited by Rolling Stone with bringing down Pee Wee Herman in 1991:

“An able young reporter named Karen Dillon, working the three-to-midnight shift at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, recognized Paul Reubens’s name on the police blotter and broke the story.”

King_Chief_Fan
12-13-2012, 04:03 PM
who cares? The media sucks

Predarat
12-13-2012, 04:05 PM
Did one, both, or neither get a Christmas Bonus?

Rausch
12-13-2012, 04:07 PM
...

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Stewie
12-13-2012, 04:14 PM
They should have fired the pussy manager and kept them both.

theelusiveeightrop
12-13-2012, 04:16 PM
What's a Kansas City Star?

oldman
12-13-2012, 04:22 PM
That seems to be a new way of doing business in some companies. In others, there's a "peer review" and secret ballots are cast, kind of like "Survivor". Either way, it shows poor management skills. I was a manager for many years and part of that responsibility was to fairly evaluate my subordinates and be able to defend my position to both upper management and the union. What this sounds like is some bright young college lad/dipolma mill grad shirking responsibilty and doing nothing more than CYA.

listopencil
12-13-2012, 04:24 PM
Oh good. I would hate to think that the brilliant journalist who broke the "Pee Wee Herman Was Jacking Off In A Theater" story was silenced.

Shogun
12-13-2012, 04:36 PM
Wait until Karen Kornacki gets wind of this.

Rausch
12-13-2012, 04:37 PM
Oh good. I would hate to think that the brilliant journalist who broke the "Pee Wee Herman Was Jacking Off In A Theater" story was silenced.

LMAO

Demonpenz
12-13-2012, 05:05 PM
I once saw Wendell Anchewtz put his hands around a burger king employee who got a onion ring into his fry order.

KCUnited
12-13-2012, 05:10 PM
I once saw Wendell Anchewtz put his hands around a burger king employee who got a onion ring into his fry order.

I'm still fapping to Anne Peterson.

Thig Lyfe
12-13-2012, 05:34 PM
the lamestream media strikes again

Bob Dole
12-13-2012, 05:41 PM
Chickenshit. Bob Dole had a RIF 3 years ago. Bob Dole has fired a lot of people over the years, but every one of them earned it. It was tough to look at the budget, make the decision and then choose who to let go. It was even tougher to sit across the table from the employee who was being cut loose and tell them that they were out of a job.

But the ability to make those kind of business decisions is one of the reasons you are put in a leadership position in the first place.

If Bob Dole had an employee entrusted to lead a team pull a chickenshit stunt like that, the chickenshit who pulled the stunt would be the one looking for another job (and the resulting budget would be in even better shape going forward).

Rausch
12-13-2012, 05:44 PM
So, is this how liberals look at competition?...

cosmo20002
12-13-2012, 05:48 PM
http://www.kcconfidential.com/2012/12/11/hearne-star-initiates-hunger-games-layoff-for-two-joco-reporters/

“What’s really awful about that choice is it pits two colleagues against each other


Of course, you won't have to see the person at work anymore, so...

something cooler
12-13-2012, 05:48 PM
Yeah, this was just like forcing a bunch of kids to fight to the death.