In their best Nelson-from-the -Simpson’s voice, Twitter reacted to the layoffs at the Salt Lake Tribune on Monday with a hardy, “Haha!”
Laura J. Nelson of the Los Angeles Times Tweeted on Monday about the announcement. Obviously broken up by the layoffs impacting her field of employment she was quick to point out that the Tribune had won a Pulitzer prize but Twitter wasn’t giving them any credit.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Salt Lake Tribune lost more than a third of its newsroom today. Just terrible, terrible news. https://t.co/reWpPHxvMm
— Laura J. Nelson (@laura_nelson) May 14, 2018
Grant was in early with a well place Nelson gif.
— Grant (@RedactedGee) May 14, 2018
Magnum CK reminded everyone of an op-ed in the Tribune from 2016 which claimed Hilary Clinton was the only qualified candidate for president.
This is terrible news… er, wait a minute. No, it's not!https://t.co/rzw1WJXIwf
— Magnum_CK (Stealth Elf Has Awakened) (@Magnum_CK) May 15, 2018
Tibor assumes she must be joking when she says it’s “terrible news.”
Hahah good one
— Tibor the Avaricious (@Tibor__) May 15, 2018
Denise summed it up in plain English. Like most major outlets the Tribune was bias and fake and they brought this fate upon themselves.
No its not. ‘Terrible, terrible’ news is the fact that due to biased reporting & editing, Americans are turning their backs on once great newspapers, not knowing who/what is trustworthy. Your industry brought this on itself; & BTW, it has little to do w/growth of digital news.
— Denise Bradshaw (@DeniseBradshaw2) May 14, 2018
Radical pointed out that people won’t pay for bad information dripping with opinion.
MSM commits suicide by corrupting its product. "Plant mom" transmits her dismay. People are supposed to take this seriously because ….? People don't want to pay money for bad information dripping with opinion. They just want some good information and news.
— Radical Radials (@EchelonRight) May 15, 2018
Bina took them to task. They aren’t journalists, they’re activists.
Good. They don’t write as journalists, but as activists.
— Bina Ry (@binary9999) May 15, 2018
Tcio echoed a sentiment many of us share – gone are the days when you could enjoy the morning paper over a cup of coffee and a muffin. They became biased rags.
Sadly the print and TV media became nothing but a mouthpiece for leftists. They thought they had a monopoly but instead people turned them off. I really missed my morning newspaper when I stopped but the publication became a propaganda rag for the left.
— Tcio (@afternoonsand) May 15, 2018
You brought this on yourselves, says Arie.
The depths of shame & ignominy to which you & your #MediaBias'd ilk have reduced the once respected #PulitzerPrize is one of the main reasons "The Pulitzer Prize-winning #SaltLakeTribune lost more than a third of its newsroom today."
You brought this on yourselves. pic.twitter.com/ym8UojsjGt
— Arie's Everywhere (@sandboxvet1) May 14, 2018
Lee’s suggestion is that they try being actual journalists.
Try being journalists instead of propogandists and a few more folks might buy your rag
— Les (@lsmith7972) May 15, 2018
Minnie Pearl thinks ICE may soon have some openings!
looking forward to seeing these folks learn some skills for the CURRENT job market! Try learning to code! Apply to join ICE!
— ((Minnie Perle))🇺🇸 (@DeepStateWife) May 15, 2018
Scott wasn’t as generous, he suggested the fired writers go dig ditches.
The world needs ditch diggers to. Pick up a shovel
— Scott Mack (@Tatsandaboner) May 14, 2018
Congrats! You got yourself fired!
Your newspaper tried to be a hard Lefty….in a State w/ 70% GOP
You got yourselves firedhttps://t.co/eFhKZTirI9
— davealvord164 (@davealvord164) May 15, 2018
There’s no love lost from JT.
34 less people to drive liberal propaganda
— JT Soter (@JTSoter11) May 14, 2018
The Salt Lake Tribune has an interesting history. It started out in the 1860s as the Mormon Tribune which was a newspaper begun by former members of the Mormon church in the Salt Lake area.
It was bought out in 1873 and became a deliberately anti-Mormon newspaper which backed the liberal party. On 1901 the paper was secretly bought by a Catholic man who got rid of the anti-Mormon sentiment and had good relations with the local Mormon church.
After a few more changes in ownership, by the end of the 20th century the Tribune was owned by a multimedia corporation. It is currently owned by the brother of former presidential candidate John Huntsman, Jr.
The Tribune endorsed Obama during both his election bids even though, for his second term he ran against the Mormon, Mitt Romney.
JM, pointed out some of their more disgusting content.
"Cartoonist" Pat Bagley depicting Pres. Trump as a terrorist driving over Europeans with a truck is beyond poor taste. If this is what you consider journalism, I hope you poor excuse for a newspaper is shuttered.
— J.M. (@America_Pride76) May 13, 2018
Seeing as how the country widely, and Utah specifically, voted Donald Trump into office, it’s not surprising that portraying him as a murdering terrorist is part of an overarching theme that isn’t working out for them.
Of course it isn’t just the Tribune who is suffering. As liberal, fake news media refuses to leave their SJW bubbles they are increasingly becoming irrelevant and outdated which is not a sustainable business model for people who sell news. Massive layoffs are hitting the whole industry.
People are increasingly turning to hard-hitting, fact-checking news. Thanks for reading.