Rutgers AD: It Would be 'Great' if the Newark Star-Ledger Went Out of Business

April 7, 2014 at 11:19a    by DJ Byrnes    
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What was it ol' Mark Twain said about picking fights with media types?

"Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel."

Ah, that's write. I feel like Rutger's Athletic Director Julie Herman is about to learn this lesson three-fold. From NewJersey.com:

“If they’re not writing headlines that are getting our attention, they’re not selling ads – and they die,” Hermann told the Media Ethics and Law class. “And the Ledger almost died in June, right?”

“They might die again next month,” a student said.

“That would be great,” she replied. “I’m going to do all I can to not give them a headline to keep them alive.”

Great job on that last bit, Julie. Really hit that one out of the park.

It's also worth noting these comments come on the heels of the Star-Ledger laying off 167 people last week. Those are 167 people with families, mortgage payments, credit card debt and more. If you've ever been affected by a lay-off, then you don't need me to tell you how devastating it can be.

But apparently more of this would be "great" for Julie Hermann. Good luck keeping this one out of the headlines.

This east coast media market better be worth twice its weight in gold because it seems Rutgers and Maryland have only caused headaches and embarrassment since their joining of the Big Ten was announced.


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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

It's also worth noting these comments come on the heels of the Star-Ledger laying off 167 people last week. Those are 167 people with families, mortgage payments, credit card debt and more. If you've ever been affected by a lay-off, then you don't need me to tell you how devastating it can be.

Dude seriously, stop...just stop.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

... Stop what?

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Stop playing Helen Lovejoy.

"The Rutgers AD is a monster. She wants to destroy all those poor families. WON'T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!"

 

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Not going to lie, I had to google Helen Lovejoy. 

I apologize for having empathy for people who lost their jobs, but I don't recall talking about her desire to destroy families or calling her a monster.

I think I framed it as just a shitty and unbecoming thing to say of a person who is an executive at a public university. Sorry, but it's news. (See: Gordon, Gee.)

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AndyVance's picture

Actually, I think Scarlet has pointed out exactly what is wrong with the ubiquitous nature of media/social media today. As with the Gordon Gee example, a high-ranking university official is being slammed for a humorous comment that they quite likely did not mean literally. Gee was more or less forced out of the presidency at our university for playing to an audience (on more than one occasion) and saying funny things. In the context of this class, I'll bet that the AD's comment drew a lot of laughs - and speaking as a member of the press, I can think of any number of media establishments I'd love to see go out of business, although I don't really want those people to lose their jobs.

You're not wrong, DJ, but you're not right about this one either.

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toad1204's picture

"Rutgersing"?

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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Hovenaut's picture

"Yes, we're open!"