Sending Moss to fix a struggling paper is like sending a mortician to treat an ailing patient. He will do the only thing he knows how to do: Cut, and cut, and cut some more: When he's done with his handiwork, the U-T will be ready for embalming and burial much like the Daily News is. ...*The Union-Tribune has published a short bio on Ed Moss.
In his 23 months at the Daily News, the editorial staff -- already reduced by half in previous years -- was slashed by two-thirds. There's now only nine news reporters and a staff of barely 40 to produce the paper which has shrunk to the point most days that it gives new meaning to the idea of a fast-read newspaper.
Almost every department of the paper from circulation to sales has been eliminated or gutted to the point of dysfunction. ...
My heart goes out to my colleagues still at the Daily News every time I pick up the paper and see what Moss' leadership has done to it. Somehow I hope it will be different in San Diego but I doubt it.
May 13, 2009
Goodbye, Daily News; farewell, Union-Tribune
Former Daily News editor Ron Kaye remembers without an ounce of fondness the man who fired him, Ed Moss. Yesterday Moss announced he was resigning his post as publisher of the Daily News and president of LANG to take over as publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Kaye writes: