Patch editor-in-chief Brian Farnham writes in his farewell post:
I’ve never worked for a company that has been as scrutinized, criticized, and coal-raked as this one. As [Patch co-founder] Jon [Brod] likes to say, you’d think we were creating toxic waste, instead of, you know, free useful information. We have critics on Wall Street, critics in the media, local critics, national critics, the business press, the journalism reviews, bloggers, etc. There are so many that I’ve come to think of them as a single large, screechy, off-key band called BI and the Haters. It’s music to kill yourself by. [BI refers to Business Insider, which has aggressively covered Patch.]
I suspect Farnham considers me a member of that “off-key band,” although my reports on Patch have been accurate. After I was given information by a Patch insider in February, Farnham wrote to his journalists:
I’m really sorry that we all have to deal with people in our own editorial family who think Romenesko is somehow a good person with whom to share their half-baked, uninformed opinions about the business at large.
As with all the other leakers we’ve had to deal with, they’re not helping their colleagues, they’re bad teammates, bad employees, dishonest people and they should be ashamed of themselves.
By the way, it appears that everything the Romenesko “leaker” reported about the direction of Patch has been accurate.