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Trouble at the Daily Planet

October 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments · Abu Dhabi, Newspapers, Sports Journalism, The National, UAE

This is one of those “I wish I had thought of that!” situations. Well, aside from the fact that I am not a cartoonist, and all.

Clark Kent quits the Daily Planet is the headline on the Jim Romenesko site, and includes the outline of an actual edition of the DC Comic.

Well, sure. Even mild-mannered Clark Kent couldn’t put up with all the cuts and slashes and daily indignities at the Planet, and he just said, “Screw it!”

Maybe after both Lana Lang and Lois Lane also had been shown the door. We figured Perry White, old and stodgy, had been one of the first to go. He made too much money and wasn’t really “web friendly”. But cub reporter Jimmy Olsen, too?

The Planet, “now part of the multimedia corporation Galaxy Broadcasting” is lucky Clark didn’t duck into the men’s room and emerge as Superman and pick up the place and drop it in the ocean.

(OK, he probably was escorted directly to the door, once he cleared HR and emerged with the unemployment forms; not even time for a quick change, and poor “Clark” had to stay in character.)

Which reminds me. A friend of mine for 30 years, a career journalist, and a very good one, who has reported from all over the world, was laid off last week.

Give the man credit — he outlasted nearly all of the rest of us. But they came for him, too, and he was given the news by a person he considered a friend of his. It’s come to that. Well, it came to that a long time ago.

The other bit of news here is that we flew from Barcelona back to Abu Dhabi today, via Istanbul, and rather than complain about air travel, let’s celebrate our employment in print journalism, here in the UAE.

We may not working for the Daily Planet in Gotham, but we are with The National, which still spends money and hires good people, and few of us worry about this week’s cuts — even if it Could Happen Here.

Hey, Gregg. You were not alone. Clark left with you last week.


2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 David // Oct 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Man, this business stinks these days.

  • 2 James // Oct 23, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Someday, I am going to miss being able to read the news on the giant pages that get dropped off in my driveway every morning.

    There is a satisfaction about working my way through each section that I don’t get from reading articles on the internet.

    The day is coming, and I will have to get used to it, but it is not something I am looking forward to.

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