Friday, May 09, 2008
Hugh Reynolds Let Go by Freeman
BREAKING NEWS : This is the beginning of the end for the Daily Freeman. Their best asset is gone, like or dislike the guy he was a great political editor, I didn't always agree with his opinions but I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and as someone involved in journalism, he was someone I looked up to.
While many people are happy that Hugh Reynolds is gone, remember that the Freeman just ended this guy's career without the proper respect of an employee that dedicated over 30 years to their organization. To Reynolds this was not just a job, you can't do it for as long as he did if it was, this was his passion.
This is the equivalent of an attorney losing his law license. Being the political editor of the Freeman was what he did and what he will be remembered for. I understand that the Freeman is in financial trouble but a proper send off would have been more appropriate then just laying the guy off as if he was some regular employee. When you think of the Freeman you think of Hugh Reynolds, not Ira Fusfeld or anyone else. This move for the Freeman was not a smart one, and I think in the end they will regret it.
When you do something you love you never have to work a day in your life, and I think was true for Hugh Reynolds. I wish him the best in retirement. His departure from the Freeman is probably a good thing, the owner of the franchise just got knocked off the NY Stock exchange and it is now cheaper to buy their stock than to buy a copy of the Freeman. In two years the paper will be history, like their credibility.
Hope to see you around, Reynolds.
Posted by Jeremy Blaber at 3:39 PM