MORONEY’S “FYI”

After the jump, a FBvian deep within the Belo Death Star–an increasingly apt pseudonym–brings word of Moroney’s latest memo, a tactless if not heartless piece of writing.

The upshot? Severance packages start August 7.

As you know, the DMN newsroom is suffering some heartburn because of the buyouts the company is going to offer and the potential for layoffs if certain targets aren’t hit. Reporters have been given very little info on specifics: How much are the buyouts? Who is eligible? When will they be announced? All are unanswered questions.

So last Friday, we get an e-mail from Moroney with the unremarkable subject line “FYI.”

The body of the e-mail read: “We are planning on making the voluntary severance offer for the newsroom during the week of August 7. If that timing changes, we will send out another notice.”

So we finally get word on when we will hear about our fate, and it comes in an e-mail with “FYI” as the header???? As in “Oh, by the way …”

I think this shows that the brass around here is woefully out of touch with the worker gnomes, who are rightfully angst-ridden over the buyouts. Notifying all of us on our impending doom with a mere “FYI” as he skips off to the Country Club just irritates the hell out of me. He should, at the very least, fake some concern for those who made possible his $98,000 cash bonus last year.

It’s a great business, isn’t it?

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