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Sire, the newsrooms are revolting
Jazz ShawPosted at 10:41 am on June 15, 2020
Ben Smith has yet another finger-poking piece out at the New York Times this week, this time turning the spotlight on how New York media newsrooms have been dealing with the combination of the coronavirus and the unrest in the streets. Plenty of people in the newspaper and television news businesses have lost their jobs recently and some of those who remain are having a rough time. But not all of them. In particular, he explores the vast wealth gap between those at the top of the financial foodchain at major papers like the New York Times and cable news outlets and those of more modest means. He exposes some of the simmering resentment among the less famous (and lower-paid) media workers who have come to realize that the lofty social justice principles they espouse in their outlets aren’t mirrored in their workplace.
It definitely sounds like there’s trouble in paradise. Smith describes how CNN president Jeff Zucker has been roughing it in the Hamptons, being forced to actually carry his own golf clubs at the country club because of a lack of caddies. Other top names are similarly “working from home” in luxurious settings, while many of their worker bees are trying to figure out how to get their window air conditioning units to function in their Flatbush apartments. It’s not a pretty picture.
Smith goes further in this vein, pointing out who is making the big bucks in other cable news outlets and who can afford to ride out the riots and COVID-19 outbreaks in luxury.
As we recently learned, journalists at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Times have been growing more vocal about the lack of diversity in their newsrooms and job vulnerability of those without big names in the news world. In that respect, those institutions of journalism don’t look all that different than some of the companies they criticize for the same thing.
At the rate Ben Smith is going, casting a critical eye at not only his own industry but his own new employer, he may want to sleep with one eye open. He hasn’t been at the Gray Lady for all that long himself. And pointing out how the titans and rock stars of the news business are lounging around in their hot tubs might not be good for his future professional prospects.
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