This one goes out to CrossingBroad.com. Seriously. I jacked this whole thing from them.
Like all of it.
As you may know by now, writers of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News are trying to withstand widespread layoffs. Earlier today, Philly.com confirmed the purge:
PMN spokesman Mark Block said two things are driving the workforce cuts: First, conditions remain challenging in the news business. Also, the privately held company wants “to combine newsroom functions for more efficiency wherever possible,” he said.
PMN’s top editors met with Guild leadership Wednesday to discuss plans for combining the functions of the copy desks, metro desks, and sports and features departments of The Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com. Editors intend to hold staffwide meetings about the changes on Thursday.
That’s no laughing matter. What is a laughing matter, however, is this exchange between ProFootballTalk.com and Inquirer writer Jeff McLane. McLane, you see, called out PFT in a Tweet and the most popular football site on the planet didn’t really care for it. Mike Florio, using that lawyer wit of his, goes on to possess McLane’s soul.
So, to recap: McLane calls out PFT. PFT calls out McLane with a +1 comment. McLane backtracks. PFT keeps foot on throat.
Lesson: Don’t mess with PFT.