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Friday, May 08, 2009

Puppetmasters of 8th Avenue

If I were Globe publisher Steve Ainsley, I would be packing my bags right now. His credibility -- with both his bosses and the newsroom he oversees -- is shot. Gone. Kaput.

Asked by his own reporter to provide a "tick-tock," an accounting of what happened over time that prompted the Overlords of 8th Avenue to slide from a round of buy-outs and layoffs straight into an Armageddon showdown with unions while threatening to shut down one of Boston's power broker institutions, Ainsley could only say:
"That wasn't my call, that wasn't my decision. That was made at the upper reaches of the company so you'd really have to ask them."
The buck stops elsewhere. The most important decisions surrounding the future of one of Boston's iconic institutions were made 200 miles away in the Renzo Piano-designed monument on 8th Avenue, without his input.

In Japan, corporate leaders have committed hari-kiri to atone for such loss of honor.

I'm not suggesting the same fate for Ainsley. But I would suggest he pursue his own buyout options. The troops left standing at the Globe will have no use for someone deemed so insignificant by Times brass as to not be in the room when their fate was decided. And heaven knows, they are looking for scapegoats.

As for Young Arthur and CEO Janet Robinson, they've made their opinion of Ainsley widely known too. And it's about the same as the one in the newsroom.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right. He needs a press secretary!

May 08, 2009 8:00 AM  

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