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Monday, March 31, 2008

One More Down, A Couple Hundred to Go

posted by on March 31 at 14:51 PM

Another major film critic has been axed. Say bye-bye to David Ansen at Newsweek. Via Hollywood Elsewhere.

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Outsourced to India, huh?

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 31, 2008 2:58 PM

Yeah, the News here in Denver axed their film critic many months ago. It's a bad time to be in the newspaper business.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | March 31, 2008 3:13 PM

Ansen was part of a mass layoff at Newsweek, of over a hundred staffers:

Posted by Peter F | March 31, 2008 3:16 PM

The major critics like everything. The irrelevant critics like nothing. The average person enjoys shit, and the rest are usually have something better to do with their time.

It's a conundrum, yo!

Newsweek should totally hire me. I have an iPhone.

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 31, 2008 3:25 PM

Er, scratch that are. I'm sick. Forgive me.

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 31, 2008 3:26 PM

Poe, we know you're sick; tell us something we don't know.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | March 31, 2008 3:42 PM

Dear Slog,

It's been 50 minutes since your last post. I rely on you for my time-wasting needs, and when you're this slow, I get very bored. Please take this into consideration.

Love always,


Posted by Aislinn | March 31, 2008 3:42 PM

I know! At least let us pay our respects due to Josh Feit.

Posted by kid icarus | March 31, 2008 3:49 PM

The consolidation of media outlets under the umbrella of a few major corporations has driven a lot of people out of work.

And, while I support the democratic concept of "blogs" the amount of content people are creating for free is playing into this as well. I was told by someone at a technology company recently that they don't have to hire writers for their documentation because there are bloggers out there willing to do the work for them for free.

Posted by PopTart | March 31, 2008 3:52 PM

FWIW, Ansen was neither axed nor part of a major series of layoffs. He (and the rest) opted for an early retirement program, and a pretty damn sweet one, if Radar is to be believed.

Posted by Superfurry Animal | March 31, 2008 3:59 PM

uh, the early retirement program WAS in lieu of forced layoffs. If not enough people had taken it, there WOULD have been people axed.

unless the grid collapses, print media is toast.

and papier mache artists and birdcages will be up the creek without a paddle.

Posted by michael strangeways | March 31, 2008 4:07 PM

1)I pity Mr know he's sick when he makes shitty typos; that's not his style. Boning lean muscled, hairy chested, 45 year old banker/daddies in $1500 suits behind WaMu IS his style, but sloppy errors in typing and grammar, no...
2)Yeah, why can't we comment on Josh's goodbye? Is someone afraid the Sloggers were going to rag on him? We wouldn't do that; we LIKE Josh!

Now, if it was ECB...

Posted by michael strangeways | March 31, 2008 4:15 PM

And Michael Strangeways, you know that because ...? There's no indication Ansen would have been canned -- in fact, as one of the most popular writers in the mag, it's highly unlikely he would have -- and the company hadn't announced any layoff plans.

Frankly, critics like Ansen who review one movie a week are dinosaurs and due for extinction anyway. I'm not saying his leaving is a good thing, but it doesn't make sense for a media company to be paying someone, anyone, six figures to write 500 to 800 words a week.

Posted by Superfurry Animal | March 31, 2008 4:18 PM

because that's what buy outs are for; a humane way to clean house without having to fire people. (plus it's a tax write off and good p.r.) Newsweek wasn't offering early retirement out of the goodness of their heart. Believe me, if enough people HADN'T taken the buy out, there would have been firings. Maybe not Ansen; he has a name, but lesser names would have definitely gotten the heave-ho.

Posted by michael strangeways | March 31, 2008 4:40 PM

So that would mean Josh got canned, too? Say, I'll bet the Stranger offers one heckuva buyout/severance package.

Posted by Fat Albert | March 31, 2008 5:17 PM

@15 - well, if you call a 6 pack of Oly and a pack of smokes a package, yeah ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 31, 2008 5:30 PM

Potato, potato.

Posted by annie | March 31, 2008 6:04 PM

@17 i love that you typed out a phrase that only has meaning when it is pronounced verbally

Posted by vooodooo84 | March 31, 2008 7:14 PM

I don't expect real journalism from Slog (or The Stranger, for that matter), but could we get a little accuracy, Annie? Ansen wasn't "axed"; he took a buyout. Big difference.

Posted by BobH | April 1, 2008 9:43 AM

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