I have an inside source as the Detroit Free Press. He shared with me his thoughts about the paper's continuing decline in editorial content. Apparently the higher-ups at the paper are upset that subscriber revenue has plummeted in the last several weeks, also. He also told me that Drew Sharp failed to complete his expense report log last month. This was all on the low-down hush hush, until, as my inside source revealed, Andy Reid was seen on State Street talking to a person known to be affiliated with the Free Press. According to my inside source, Drew Sharp will be offically terminated Friday, and the Free Press has offered Andy Reid $10,000 a year plus expenses to take Sharp's position (a 10% reduction from Sharp's salary).
Drew Sharp to be replaced by Michigan Daily writer
While I don't appreciate Sharp's douchebaggery, I hate to hear of someone losing their job. If he really is let go, I hope he lands on his feet.
EDIT: Shalom put it more eloquently. But that's what "uh? bleurkgh?" was supposed to mean: "I'm not sure you're seeing what the OP is doing here."
I think the original poster is either being sarcastic or is misinformed. No matter how terrible we think Sharp's work is, I doubt his base salary minus 10% is 10K.
figured the salary was a typo.
I don't like hearing of this happen to people, especially in this economic climate...but hopefully he can learn from this and will be more objective the next time.
Failed to complete his expense report? This is simply UNACCEPTABLE. Where is Free Press Compliance on all of this? The editors had said Sharp would be allowed to finish out his contract, but obviously this is the sort of thing a fine institution like the Free Press will not tolerate.
What is this... Free Press... of which you speak ? I know of no existence of such a thing !!!
Spelling it out.............................................
expense reports are analogous to practice time reports
Yeah, a guy who knows a guy who used to copyedit for the Free Press said that this guy (who used to copyedit) actually said Drew Sharp was "absolutely on his way out after his next column."
This guy (guy 1 above) was telling the TRUTH and I know this because when he (the copyeditor) said this HE WAS THROWING HIS WALLET AT THE GUY (guy 1).
Nobody throws his wallet unless he's serious. Drew Sharp is bye-bye.
Fortunately, we know the Free Press sports section won't have a hard time replacing him, because it's THE FREE PRESS! which I just bolded and italicized and caps-locked and exclamated there, so you know they can get
anybody they want.
I bet Ethan Gooderum is available!
I'm familiar with Brian's hatred of the word unacceptable and thereby mgoblog's dislike of the word, but it is an actual word with appropriate uses.
In journalism classes (at U of M) journalistic standards were something not to be taken lightly. I remember being taught that journalists, althoough not licensed like docs or lawyers, considered themselves a professional group akin to docs and lawyers b/c of strict standards. To flagrantly disregard such standards is unacceptable. Therefore, Freep = Unacceptable.
...is better than anyone they have at the freep right now except Albom. And I am giving the pompous, arrogant Albom a free pass because his bestselling books and his spot on ESPN give him a little bit of justification for his arrogance.
Better than Andy Reid would be former Daily Sports Editor Scott Bell. IIRC he is on the FREEP payroll and wrote fantastic columns during his time as a columnist.
Andy Reid writes well, does good investigative work, and actually reports on the news.
Mitch Albom is a hack who relies on schmaltz, he has literally mailed-in pre-written columns, and he represents nearly everything pompous and undeservedly arrogant about dead-tree journalism.*
-1 to you, sirrah, and may the tentacles have mercy on your soul.
*For the record, this isn't one of those "only say it online" kind of comments. I've told as much to Mr. Albom, to his face. I've never met Mr. Reid, but I'd do him the same courtesy.
Also reported was that Drew Sharp's family is eroding.
According to MGoBoard, I'll be replacing Drew Sharp at the Detroit Free Press. hahahahahahaha.
10 mins ago.
+1, your bookface and twitter skillz are astounding sir.
...or MGoANDY could just be speaking in 3rd person.... it's the internet, we'll never know!
I hope Brian takes this thread down because it is threads with subjects like this that will be used to discredit this blog in the future.
a good-natured (term is debatable) humor post by a forum-goer to discredit a blog that is run by a person (heretofore Brian) whom is related to said forum-goer only by virtue of forum-goer having an account on Brian's site, then that somebody needs to seriously rethink his or her logic.
edit: I hope you're joking
I wish LongLiveBo was joking, but there's a reason that Brian has been forced to ban THE KNOWLEDGE multiple times.
that he has been banned for fire brought down on Mgo?
Srsly? I've only been here since the summer and think T_K is greatly amusing and quite possibly on LSD or something that makes his brain think completely unnatural thoughts.