— Scott Leadingham (@scottleadingham) August 23, 2012
He doesn’t think it’s so funny:
From BRUCE VAIL: I opened the site this morning to see a big ad for reporters at Times Pic. Jeez, Jim, I can’t think of anything more insensitive and inappropriate. What’s next, scab ads for the next Guild strike?
That ad has been up for several weeks now. Also, I don’t sell advertising for my site; it’s all handled by Blogads.
From BILL READER: I fail to see how the NOLA.com ad on your website is in any way problematic. Would a newspaper that publishes a negative review of a new Ford truck reject ads from the local Ford dealer? Would a cable news channel that is consistently unfair to a particular presidential candidate reject ads from that campaign?
The evisceration of the Times-Pic’s newsroom is industry news, and your site covers the industry. Likewise, the company’s decision to (re)hire people at lower salaries and reduced benefits (or whatever euphemism they are using for “hurting good people” these days) is also news.
Run the ads. Take the money. Keep publishing.
UPDATE II: The ad was renewed this morning to run in September, too.