Fratboy-In-Chief Gets The Boot At Tribune


What’s the best way to get your sketchtastic, sexually-harassing boss out? Get The New York Times to do an investigation, apparently.

The Times now reports that the board of the Tribune company is going to ask for the resignation of CEO Randy Michaels, not long after his buddy, “chief innovation offer” Lee Abrams was fired for sending The Onion slut video to employees (the last straw at a sensitive time, apparently.)

In case you missed it, the original investigation turned up numerous examples of financial mismanagement, bizarre public pronouncements, and the following sexually-inflected misconduct:

  • Michaels getting wasted in front of employees, saying, “Watch this,” and offering a waitress $100 to show her breasts.
  • A new senior female employee being introduced in a memo as “a former waitress at Knockers – the Place for Hot Racks and Cold Brews.”
  • Michaels and another top executive loudly talking about the “sexual suitability of various employees” within earshot of several employees.
  • The company’s owner telling the female editor of the Chicago Tribune about the paper’s coverage of Rod Blagojevich: “Don’t be a pussy” when she said she thought their coverage had been sufficiently tough.

We congratulate the unfortunate employees on the end of their long nightmare.

Tribune Is Said To Seek Chief’s Resignation [NYT]

Earlier: Sexually Harassing Frat Boys Running Our Nation’s Major Newspapers

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