“Best thing you’ll read today,” one person wrote. “Wow. Just wow,” said another.
In his post, Novick (at left) calls the Oregonian “mediocre” because it only delivers to homes four days a week, and describes publisher Chris Anderson as “a right-wing publisher” who’s trying “to foist a Fox News paper on a progressive readership.” (“I don’t have anything to say about it,” Anderson told me when I invited him to comment on the post.)
Novick policy adviser Bryan Hockaday told me this afternoon that his boss’s piece “spread like wildfire” on social media and that “most people saw the humor in it.”
A few Oregonian reporters didn’t, though, and they let the commissioner know that.
Novick “appreciates what [journalists] do,” Hockaday tells me, and to let them know that he wrote a follow-up, headlined “Message to Oregonian Reporters.” (It’s illustrated with a Richard M. Nixon photo.)
Let me make one thing perfectly clear: My previous post is not about you. The Oregonian continues to put out a lot of quality journalism. I still enjoy working with Oregonian reporters. …
I guess I could have caveated my post with the same things I’m saying here … but that wouldn’t have made it a very good trash-talk.
Reactions from Oregonian journalists? Please post in comments or, if you prefer to remain anonymous, email me with your message and I’ll post it.