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New York Times ‘Plantation’ Workers Invited to the Independent Wilds

Posted on Jan 10, 2012
Peter Dutton (CC-BY)

Independent journalist Russ Baker has invited the 561 New York Times employees and retirees who wrote a letter of “dismay” to their publisher to quit the establishment and join us free barbarians of the Internet. “Why not, in this new world, take a risk to create a better journalism, one not owned by rich people or corporations?” asks Baker.

The Times employees are frustrated because, just like at other newspapers across the country, management is asking the news grunts to bear the burden of collapsing revenue while showering managers with healthy bonuses and retirement packages.

Russ Baker:

Most of you are fine people—some are my friends—and many of you do great work, or at least the best you are able under certain constraints. But in the end you are on the plantation. You may petition your owner, as you have, but he’s got the upper hand. He certainly isn’t going to give up a lot so that you may keep your pension.

I understand you want to keep your job and your benefits. But does it really feel that good being on the corporate plantation?

Come join us. Ask the deep questions, write whatever you learn. No holds barred. Work in an outfit that takes itself a little less seriously—but takes the truth very seriously indeed.

Help us collect the people and the resources, and build a more perfect journalism.

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By prisnersdilema, January 11, 2012 at 10:29 am Link to this comment

Welcome to the revolution…..The current corporate model can no longer create a
trusting consumer, and they are afraid…

Without faux trust everything becomes a psyops…..and everyone knows it, brand names
everywhere are doomed…

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By Eric L. Prentis, January 11, 2012 at 10:05 am Link to this comment

Live by the Motto:

Virtus, Veritas et Lux (Courage, Truth and Light.

Know yourself and keep your dreams alive.

When truth and beauty confronts privilege and power:
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”….Mohandas Gandhi.


“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

...Robert Frost

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By they call me the working man, January 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment

Nice sentiment if he was offering a job. Without that it basically equates to someone telling an out of work actor to jump off their roof into a dumpster and post it on youtube.

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By Union Member, January 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm Link to this comment
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I thought I heard Chris Hedges say, during the CSPAN Indepth
interview, that he lost his pension when he spoke out against the
invasion and occupation of Iraq. 

Russ Baker is right, they should leave the paper; the NYT - at this
point - is only harming the public good, not serving it.

Next September 8th will be the tenth anniversary of the Aluminum
Tubes story.  Occupy Wall Street will remember.

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By gerard, January 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment

Right On!  Occupy the truth!

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