Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Times Leader sets world record for self-aggrandizement

Jesus. Where do you start? There's the relentless reminding of readers that the Times Leader loves Wilkes-Barre so much that it's giving away $100,000, $25 at a time. There's the over-the-top Web coverage -- one story, two video clips, three photo galleries. There's reporter Bill O'Boyle, whose "story" is the biggest wet kiss yet for the man who signs his paycheck, Richard Connor. And, finally, there is the lead art both online and above the fold: Connor blowing out birthday candles. This dude makes Allison Walzer look like the most humble motherfucker ever.

94 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pathetic. The story should be about the charities in need, not about the man giving away the money.

Anonymous said...

Lavelle & Murray sure do know how to throw a party. It's such a love fest -- ad agency, newspaper and WNEP all licking each other's butts. Connor is the biggest jackass of them all. I wonder where his beautiful wife was? Home looking for a new life, I suppose. She had to have her daughter there for looks but I bet that killed her.

Where's the CFO? Where's the executive staff? The employees? Connor says he's all about his employees and yet never mentions any of them by name.

Oh -- and who BLOWS on a cake these days? Grips, can you say sharing diseases!

Anonymous said...

Mr. NEPAmedia and 10:24, it looks like its time for your naps.

Anonymous said...

11:31 ... I thought that was his wife on the front page this morning - the chick with the bleached hair standing behind him ... no?

Anonymous said...

No, I didn't see the front page but his wife is a brunette. Helen Lavelle from Lavelle & Murray is a blonde.

Anonymous said...

3 key positions Connor filled within 6 months of his takeover have been changed. VP Advertising, CFO, and VP Online. People would say Knight Ridder was a terrible company...look at what Connor is doing to the staff.

Word is he had all the employees line up for a free turkey in the parking lot and Connor was handing them out. They all felt like they were going to a food shelter the way it was done. Strike one up for Connor there!

After a year and a half of purchasing the paper, members of the business office finally got their chance to have a meeting with Connor only to find out the meeting was about Connor letting the CFO go. Strike another one up for Connor!

Everytime I see grandpa with his little girl...it just makes me chuckle. Does he realize how ridiculous his family situation looks?

Anonymous said...

Please don't knock O'Boyle. Do you actually think he volunteered to write the story? Come on. It sounds more like punishment.

From what I have been hearing from former colleagues, everything at the TL is one big photo op for the big guy. There's a way to promote yourself and your company without making it a one-man show. And that's all it is. A big show.

The so-called "editor" doesn't even know more than half of the staff because he never spends any time in the newsroom.

John Mitchell said...

You'll engender a hell of a lot more goodwill for your company by doing the good works quietly, soft-peddling the credit, putting the focus on the people who need help, and the people in the community who help them every day.
People appreciate that kind of coverage, not Connor's big buffoon act. The community recognizes these kind of stories just signify an ego out of control.

Anonymous said...

Check out Page 6B in Thursday's TL.

Anonymous said...

Not all of us live in the TL's circulation area. What was on 6B Thursday?

Anonymous said...

I hope I'm wrong about this ...

Times Leader Holiday Shopping Guide, Page 11, Item 6 (recommended gifts for children)

Aqua Dots??? Is this the same item pulled from shelves because the beads were laced with the date rape drug? Tainted Aqua Dots (from China) was the lead story on TV and online only a few weeks ago.

Please tell me the paper is not recommending parents purchase Aqua Dots for their children.

It must be my error - no editor would ever let something so stupid and potentially harmful be printed.

Anonymous said...

Yep, date rape drug Aqua Dots. Well done TL, well done.

Anonymous said...

They were too busy making sure Connor's face is all over the paper. Why don't you ask people who can still stand to work there how morale is now.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
They were too busy making sure Connor's face is all over the paper. Why don't you ask people who can still stand to work there how morale is now.

8:44 PM, November 23, 2007

Morale is great. Thanks for asking...

Anonymous said...

Bill O'Boyle is a cocksucker.

Anonymous said...

You must be kidding about morale. I know of at least three top newsroom people who are interviewing elsewhere right now. I guess they didn't tell you. From what I hear, there is no teamwork, no communication and no rules. Most of the people think the management team is a big joke.

Anonymous said...

I think it's great for W-B. Good luck, TL

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
You must be kidding about morale. I know of at least three top newsroom people who are interviewing elsewhere right now. I guess they didn't tell you. From what I hear, there is no teamwork, no communication and no rules. Most of the people think the management team is a big joke.

9:14 AM, November 24, 2007

It's nice to see 9:14 a.m. talk about speculation from what s/he has allegedly heard. Morale is great, thanks for asking - again.

Anonymous said...

How many charities actually showed up at the party of the century? It looked like a party for the homeless of WB. Seems the one who made out the best was Helen Lavelle.

Why did Connor let the CFO go?

Anonymous said...

Imagine anyone making Walzer look humble? Connor has accomplished something in his first year!

Anonymous said...

It's nice to see 9:14 a.m. talk about speculation from what s/he has allegedly heard. Morale is great, thanks for asking - again.

11:12 AM, November 24, 2007

Renita, you are the only one who thinks morale is great. Let's face it, Connor isn't here for the long haul. He's already 65. The TL will be gone in five years.

Anonymous said...

I don't work there anymore but good sources close to the newsroom say morale is not good and some people named here might be on the way out.

mike rosato said...

Haha! I love reading this stuff for such a great laugh. All you people are such dorks. Seriously.

Anonymous said...

What's so funny?

Anonymous said...

Morale is high in every department at the TL. Look what our great leader has given us: company/family picnic at Knoebels; free turkeys for Thanksgiving; the party of the century; a forthcoming Christmas party; lower and better health insurance; annual raises based on performance and attitude; unlimited overtime. I can go on, but compare these perks to the CV, TT or SS.

Do TS employees receive any of this? Or at least a Christmas bonus. Something tells me NOOO.

Morale is high at the TL. Thanks for asking - again and again.

Anonymous said...

"Morale is high in every department at the TL. Look what our great leader has given us: company/family picnic at Knoebels; free turkeys for Thanksgiving; the party of the century; a forthcoming Christmas party; lower and better health insurance; annual raises based on performance and attitude; unlimited overtime. I can go on"

OK, free turkeys, parties and health insurance are good for something... but notice there's nothing on the list about the quality of journalism and professional fulfillment.

The bread and circuses only go so far when the whole newsroom knows the paper's quality is a tenth of what it was two years ago and the management is a joke. You can't free-turkey your way around that.

Anonymous said...

Who is the TL cheerleader who keeps posting here?

Anonymous said...

I detect a healthy dose of sarcasm from the "cheerleader."

Morale is very high ... if your name is Joe Butkeiwicz, Joe Healey, Joe Soprano ... or Joe in general.

If your not one of these people, or your not Connor's hand picked, corn fed, cellulite boobed design queen, then your morale sucks.

Don't know of anyone interviewing right now, but there are a few people who are taking one further and are just flat out leaving.

But, the morale killer isn't necessarily Connor. He named himself editor and hardly sets foot in the newsroom. But the people he's put in charge redefine stupidity.

You try to do your job. You think you did OK. And then you get a phantom e-mail from a manager telling you that you screwed up. They never tell you in person, you had no idea there was an issue, but check your inbox to see how you fucked up.

Yeah. Morale is GREAT. Thanks for asking.

Anonymous said...

I love Lord Farquat. He gave me a turkey.

How often do you get a turkey from a turkey?

Anonymous said...

Joe Butkeiwicz, Joe Healey, Joe Soprano

That's the core of a real suck-hole unit. Wow. Last person out of the TL turn off the lights please.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love the very few who keeps posting propaganda about morale at the TL. They say the quality of journalism nowadays isn't the same as it was two years ago. And these are the same people who complained two years ago about the quality of journalism at the TL.

Which is it?

Morale is great, actually, it can't get any better. Hows the morale at the CV, dorks? Thanks for asking - again, again and again.

Give me a T!
Give me a L!
What's that spell? TL, one more time, TL, two more times, TL TL.

Give me a C!
Give me an O!
Give me an N!
Give me an N!
Give me an O!
Give me an R!

What's that spell? Connor, one more time, Connor, two more times, Connor, Connor.

Hooray.

Anonymous said...

It's tough to respect editors who couldn't write a story if their lives depended on it.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Rich. Nice cheer.

Anonymous said...

I still can't get past the list of "happy people." If happy means retarded I get it. If not, I'm stumped.

mike rosato said...

This is EXACTLY what I mean. Love it!!!

Anonymous said...

"cellulite boobed design queen..."

Who fits that criteria?

Anonymous said...

Oh quit whining u idiotsif u don't want a NEPA journalism just leave already. God it is so funny to watch all these malcontents write on this board. Thank God I left and know I know y. I left all the idiots behind in NEPA. Bring Walzer back already.

Anonymous said...

"u" and "y." Yeah, I'm glad "u" left "2."

Anonymous said...

I got a free turkey at Price Chopper. Big Fuckin Deal.

Anonymous said...

If Connor is so great, why did Iseman and Janoski leave. They care about the product and journalism. They are suck ups to establishment. Now look you is in charge. Suck ups, Ronald Reagan loving cheerleaders and entertainment editors.

Anonymous said...

If Connor is so great, why did Iseman and Janoski leave. They care about the product and journalism. They are suck ups to establishment. Now look you is in charge. Suck ups, Ronald Reagan loving cheerleaders and entertainment editors.

2:59 AM, November 26, 2007

I meant they aren't suck ups to the establishment

Anonymous said...

Iseman, quit posting on here. You're the reason half the staff left

Anonymous said...

If u think iseman has the time or cares 2 even post here get a life. he's enjoying life with gannett and couldn't care less what happens in nepa nemore

Anonymous said...

It's that bad at Gannett, isn't it, Iseman? You long for the days of walking down Market Street, seeing the Genetti lambasting SAYSO, and watching as a bus drove by with a picture of your frizzy-haired head on a billboard on the side.

Anonymous said...

Some people in the newsroom wish Connor was around more often because then he might see what the managers can't see.

Anonymous said...

Connor is only 60, by the way

Anonymous said...

The two top newsroom managers don't belong in their positions.

Anonymous said...

compare the quality of the journalists who left the TL after Knight Ridder went up for sale to the so-called journalists who joined the TL under Connor. That goes to show you that Connor doesn't care about quality journalism. He is a bottom line guy. He'll make a few bucks, sell to TS and retire in Waco.

Anonymous said...

Some of those who left when KR was for sale weren't so hot, either. Look again. The TL has some great journalists but like someone else said, the people in the top two positions are pretty clueless. Even a news clerk can see that.

Anonymous said...

Moot points ppl. Connor will bail in the next 2-3 years. Most logical buyer? You guessed it Times-Shamrock.

Anonymous said...

Who are the top 2 at TL? Bukawitz? Who else?

Anonymous said...

If you spell it "Bukawitz," 12:11, you probably don't have any business asking the question.

Anonymous said...

Not sure if Butkiewicz is the right guy for the position, but you can't say a bad word about the guy. You can't find a nicer, more decent man than Joe B.

Anonymous said...

He's nice to the people he is afraid of or who he likes. He takes it out on the people he doesn't or thinks he can get away with. He is afraid of the cellulite boob editor and doesn't make a decision without the approval of his little "friend" er, assistant. She calls the shots but the problem is she doesn't know too much either. And she's a nasty one. They call her Walzer Lite.

Anonymous said...

TL Circulation M-Sat: approx. 40,000
CV Circulation M-Sat: approx. 29,000

TL Circulation Sunday: approx. 54,000
CV Circulation Sunday: approx. 30,000.

Has been for decades. Enough said!

Anonymous said...

Connors is 60? Why does he look older than Dick Cheney and the Pope?
And thank god for Levitra.

Anonymous said...

Wait, who's Walzer Lite?

Anonymous said...

WTF happened in your lives that made you so miserable and mean?

Anonymous said...

TL Circulation M-Sat: approx. 40,000
CV Circulation M-Sat: approx. 29,000

TL Circulation Sunday: approx. 54,000
CV Circulation Sunday: approx. 30,000.

Has been for decades. Enough said!

6:43 PM, November 27, 2007

Huh? Those aren't up to date TL numbers, Renita. TL circulation has been dropping for years. Sunday circ is way down since Pittston Dispatch numbers are added in. Yeah, CV numbers are less, but the CV costs more. And the CV has slowly been making progress since the Shamrock purchase. No one denies the CV was shit with Golias and Ney in charge and they were letting Ed Lewis slander people with imaginary sources. Holeva wanted to get of the slandering Ed, and Rich Connor granted his wish. Good job, Rich. The CV is slowly improving under Holeva, and the TL is rapidly falling apart. Look who left, and look who joined and look who's in charge now in Connor Bustland.

Anonymous said...

Is Anne W or Renita the cellulite boob editor known as Walzer Lite? And what are cellulite boobs?

Anonymous said...

"WTF happened in your lives that made you so miserable and mean?"

Let's see, KR went under, McClatchy had no interest, Connor bought the TL, fired or forced out anyone in management unwilling to drink his Kool-Aid and turned the whole thing into one giant print bj for himself and his business buddies amongst the WB "elite."

Anonymous said...

Cellulite Boobs are defined as boobs which are artificially enhanced by eating Pringles, Ding Dongs and large quanities of chilli and cheese french fries.

Anonymous said...

It's not Ann or Renita who are the boob queen. Just look around. One of them is the Walzer Light though I'm sure. Figure it out.

Anonymous said...

It's not Ann or Renita who are the boob queen. Just look around. One of them is the Walzer Light though I'm sure. Figure it out.

Anonymous said...

Since Connor's obviously a dick, and he forced many other dickheads out of the TL, he should also force out all of the faggots working at the TL...yes, you know who I mean.

Anonymous said...

If it wasn't for the fags you straight caveman the TL would be nowhere near as good as it is.

Anonymous said...

Someone please tell us. Who is Walzer Lite in your newsroom?

Anonymous said...

She has all the taste and half the calories of a regular Walzer.

Anonymous said...

Walzer Light = Anne Woelfel

Anonymous said...

The one Walzer to have when you're having more than one.

Anonymous said...

Which newspaper is the lapdog and which is the watchdog now? I hear Connor is going soft on Luzerne County officials because he wants to get county ad biz.

Anonymous said...

Walzer always did like Woelfel. She rarely got yelled at by Walzer.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Not sure if Butkiewicz is the right guy for the position, but you can't say a bad word about the guy. You can't find a nicer, more decent man than Joe B.

4:00 PM, November 27, 2007

Nobody is doubting that he's a nice person, but I'm told he's not the same "Joe" from last year. All this time being one of Connor's yes men is taking a toll. And I'm really not trying to be nasty, but it's Connor's business and he'll run it as he sees fit. Some perfectly capable people have been shown the door while buffoons like Prashant still rule the roost.

Anonymous said...

Joe is one of the good guys but I think he does not want to make waves so he doesn't tell Connor what the newsroom really needs. I haven't seen him in awhile but word is he is too close to Wolfel who we all know was a friend of Walzer. What does that tell you?

Anonymous said...

Annie just needs a good rogering. Than she wouldn't be so uptight.

Anonymous said...

For those of you who need to know:

Roger: Verb. To have sexual intercourse. Male usage.

Anonymous said...

you don't know what you're talking bout. she gets that from her husband plus... she's just a jerk

Anonymous said...

Is Anne W really in charge? She's a frickin page designer.

Anonymous said...

Yep, that's right. Welcome to life at the new TL.

Anonymous said...

dat's it

Anonymous said...

The TL's news decisions are being made by page designers and features editors these days.

Why else do you think that we get huge Page 1 stories with giant photos about watchmakers when real news is actually happening.

Any voices begging to differ aren't necessarily silenced. They give you your 2 minutes to disagree. Then they ignore you.

Anonymous said...

They ignore you during your 2 mins, too.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear Joe B isn't the same guy these days. Sounds like "survival" at the TL. I'm sure he is drinking Connor's kool aid in order to keep his job.

Anonymous said...

TL circulation 37,500
CV circ daily 30,000

TL Sunday circ 42,700
CV sunday circ 30,000

The TL has dropped almost 1800 copies since last statement.
They signed up 4000 current subscribers on the 100th anniversary plan at almost 1/2 of what they were paying plus gave $25of that to a charity. Do the math... connor paid about $420,000 to retain subscribers he already had.

Anonymous said...

This 100th anniv promo was connor's last ditch attempt to save what has become a fluff rag. He also was able to stroke his own ego some more.

Anonymous said...

It is still a good paper. I think they've just added some balance. How can you compare it to the CV with its horrible front page?

Anonymous said...

The TL is going under. Times Shamrock is going to figure out squeeze the TL out of biz with the synergy between Scanton, WB and Hazleton. Connor needed to buy the Standard-Speaker to stay alive in the long run. In five years, he will be retired in Waco. Why do you think he is still registered to vote in Texas?

Anonymous said...

Annie get that Rogering yet? Anyone know?

Anonymous said...

Have to agree with the 10:39 PM, December 02, 2007 poster. The CV is strategically perhaps slowly going to dismantle the TL. They have got them surrounded. And while Connor is busy looking in the mirror telling himself how great he is, The Lynett's are making progress. It's just a matter of time before he sells.
2 maybe 3 years.

Anonymous said...

DUH. I said that several days ago. I wish you TL whiners would actually start investigating the private equity firm and its goals for the TL then compare where the TL stands in meeting those goals. If you do the math you'll see that the TL will be FORCED to sell TO someone (TS is my bet) at less than Connor bought the TL from KR/MC. It's simple math you idiots.

Anonymous said...

anybody who says morale is good at the TL is crazy or blind. it has become a terrible place to work in the last year or so.

Anonymous said...

To all of you out there, whether you work at a newspaper or somewhere else, if your job is that bad, leave. If you love your job but think the bosses are assholes, go to your human resources departments. Just say it in a nicer way.

Anonymous said...

Roger that!

Anonymous said...

Who's the hr director now....so many have turned over in that place. You can never trust hr there anyway. They are under Connor's rule as well. Same went for McHugh.